Justice Lodha Committee
The apex court has said that it will no longer remain recommendations it they asks BCCI to implement them. Pictured: Retired Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha addresses a press conference in New Delhi, on July 14, 2015.IANS

The Supreme Court-appointed R.M. Lodha committee has set October 15 as the deadline for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to implement reforms stated in their recommendations. The announcement came after a meeting between the legal panel and the cricket board on Tuesday.

In an interesting set of events, BCCI President Anurag Thakur decided to skip the meeting and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke was the one present in the closed-door meeting. According to the Press Trust of India, BCCI have been asked to submit the first compliance report by August 25.

The BCCI appointed top court judge Justice Markandey Katju to head a four-member panel and "advise and guide" them on the development. The Lodha Committee laid out 15 recommendations for the Indian cricket board to follow, which includes maintaining a strict age cap of 70 years for the BCCI office bearers and a ban on ministers from the body.

The recommendations were given by the three-member committee of the Lodha Panel, comprised of retired Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha, and retired Supreme Court judges, Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran.

Earlier, the BCCI requested the Lodha Panel to postpone their scheduled meeting on Tuesday over the implementation of reforms within the next six months, but their plea was dismissed.