BCCI working committee meet: Shashank Manohar has tough issues to resolve as the new board president

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Shashank Manohar
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The previously adjourned meeting of the BCCI’s all-powerful working committee has been now reconvened for October 18, and is set to be a crucial one with many issues confronting the Cricket Board, awaiting to be resolved urgently. The earlier Working Committee meeting of August 28 was adjourned sine die after deciding to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court on whether former BCCI president N Srinivasan could attend the meetings of the BCCI, as the authorised representative of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, in view of the conflict of interest issue.

Shashank Manohar, who was elected   unanimously as the new president at the Board SGM after the sudden demise of incumbent Jagmohan Dalmiya, on September 20, is expected to tell the members in detail about the slew of reforms he had announced at the media conference, soon after being anointed as the new chief.

Manohar had announced setting up of an Ombudsman or Ethics Officer, among many other things, with a view to clean up the Board and make its workings transparent, in public domain.

Another major topic of discussion would be the roadmap for the conduct of the next edition of IPL 2016, after two teams — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — were suspended for two years, by the Supreme Court, on the Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations, in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The meeting would also fix the date of its AGM, which could not be convened before September end, as per its own Memorandum of Rules and Regulations, after the annual reports of its secretary Anurag Thakur, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, and all its sub-committees are tabled, and passed by the all-powerful group.

The incident of bottle throwing by a section of the irate crowd at Cuttack, during the second India-South Africa T20 International, is also expected to come up for discussion. Manohar has already asked for a full report of the incident from the Odisha Cricket Association.

Also on the agenda would be finding a new sponsor for the IPL, after PepsiCo expressed its desire to end the association.

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