CAB might postpone AGM after Supreme Court verdict

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The much-awaited annual general meeting of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), which was initially scheduled for July 31 might be postponed following the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Lodha committee report.

Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain and current president of CAB, has taken advice from the board’s former legal advisor Usha Nath Banerjee.

“We are taking legal advice. The process (to implement the recommendations) may take some time,” Ganguly, who is likely to return to power, told reporters on Tuesday (July 19) without mentioning if the AGM is postponed or not.

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld almost all the recommendations of the the Lodha committee and gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) six months to implement the changes. They also appointed R M Lodha to supervise the transition.

The panel made a host of suggestions including ‘the one state one vote’, ceiling on the number of terms a person could be an office bearer, age restriction of BCCI officials to 70 years and the presence of a CAG nominee on the board.

The judgement might land CAB in difficulty as it may end their current treasurer Biswarup Dey’s hopes, who has been in the administration of the association since 2005, albeit in various capacities. “Other sports bodies can have administrators above the age of 70, then why this rule for cricket,” reacted Dey.

“CAB has a lot of people above 70 who can run the organisation well, but it will be a problem for them too. The Supreme Court has given its verdict and the BCCI and the state associations should follow it. But it can lead to problems in the BCCI, I hope they will reconsider it,” Dey said.

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