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BCCI to wait till Dec 5 SC hearing, associations told to have plan B

 Agencies |  2016-12-03 23:23:55.0  |  New Delhi

BCCI to wait till Dec 5 SC hearing, associations told to have plan B

At a Special General Meeting here, the Board did not take any decision on the recommendations but it has been learnt from sources that state associations have been told to keep a Plan B ready in case the verdict is not favourable from the apex court.

Lodha Committee has sought directions on appointment of former union Home Secretary GK Pillai as observer and removal of all BCCI office-bearers.

"Senior office-bearers said we have to wait till December 5. Any decision taken can be Contempt of Court. He also advised that state units will have to keep a Plan B ready. If court gives a verdict we have to abide by it and change constitution accordingly," a state unit official said.

On Friday's Special General Meeting witnessed Status Quo being maintained by members. Two associations Tripura and Vidarbha, who have decided to implement Lodha reforms in toto were absent.

The reason cited by BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke was the delay in flights landing in foggy conditions.

"There was a feeling members are having different opinion. Vidharbha and Tripura did not come due to fog. We explained the situation and clarified with them again,"

"They reiterated their stand that was taken in the first SGM on October 1. Almost all recommendations agreed upon except a few. We will wait for December 5 Supreme Court hearing," BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke told reporters.

The basic objections of BCCI remain the same. The age cap of 70, cooling off period of three years between terms and one state one vote policy are being opposed by the Board.

BCCI error ends 'India cap' dreams of seven teenage cricketers
In a major goof-up, a month after announcing a 15-member squad for the Youth Asia Cup to be held later this month in Sri Lanka, the BCCI has told seven of them that they are ineligible for selection and thus ending their hopes of donning India colours.

The under-19 squad was scheduled to assemble in Bangalore for a preparatory camp from Friday but just a day before, BCCI informed seven of the players that they don't meet the criteria needed to qualify for the selection.

According to a English newspaper report, the BCCI committed the error after assuming that the date of birth for the cut-off year was 1997. However, the Asian Cricket Council had originally communicated that the year was 1-9-1998.

Consequently, selectors and joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary were misinformed and on the basis of that, ended up selecting ineligible players for the tournament that starts from December 13 in Colombo.

"It was a major goof-up. Luckily, it came to our notice now. Things could have been worse if we would have come to know about this after the team had landed in Sri Lanka. The selectors were informed and they quickly replaced those seven names," a BCCI official  said.

After realizing their mistake, the board didn't bother to release a statement and instead swiftly named the replacements on its official website.

The seven players who have been replaced include opening batsman Sandeep Tomar, (Uttar Pradesh), Digvijay Rangi (Himachal Pradesh), Daryl S Ferrario (Kerala), Rishabh Bhagat (Punjab), Simarjit Singh (Delhi) Izan Sayed (Maharashtra) and Chandan Sahini, (Hyderabad)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sandeep Tomar had completed all the formalities including getting the visa and passport but is now sad at missing the India cap by just eight days.

"It was a matter of great joy but now I am feeling equally sad. My visa was done, and passport submitted. I was to go Bengaluru on Saturday and join the camp. My mother said, 'Don't worry, if you are lucky, you will get another chance in the future'. But I missed an India cap by just eight days," he said.

Himanshu Rana, Salman Khan, Harvik Desai, Yash Thakur, Heramb Parab, Vivekanand Tiwary and Het Patel have been named as the replacements.

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