State association polls on hold over Lodha Committee recommendations

New Delhi: The Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee, whose recommendations the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is to implement in the next six months, has also directed the board to suspend elections post the apex court’s verdict which came out on Monday. Reportedly, the Lodha Committee has sent the directives to all top BCCI officials including President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke. The letter means that Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) who was scheduled to have its elections on July 31, the day of the Annual General Meeting, would have to cancel its plans. Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) too cannot have its elections. The results of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) elections which took place on Tuesday and saw Imran Raza Ansari elected as president are now null and void. The letter says that all elections regarding the BCCI and state associations should be "kept on hold". "The committee is in the process of preparing an action plan along with timelines as directed by the honourable Supreme Court to implement the reforms and supervise the transition as swiftly as possible. Until further intimations in this regard, it is directed that the BCCI and the state associations keep on hold all elections and electoral processes under the rules existing as on 18.7.2016," the letter said. "The same may be conveyed to all the various members and state associations by the BCCI. Needless to say, any steps taken after the honourable Supreme Court's judgment which are inconsistent with its directions will be treated as null and void," it added.