After days of dillydallying, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Thursday announced the cancellation of its annual general meeting (AGM), which was scheduled to be held on July 31.The association was left with no other option after a Lodha panel directive clearly stated that all elections in the BCCI and its state associations should be “kept on hold”. According to the directive, all state associations must adhere to all the recommendations and ensure all administrative changes are put in place within the six-month deadline announced by the Supreme Court in its judgment on Monday.The CAB office-bearers had a long parley with legal advisor Ushanath Banerjee at president Sourav Ganguly’s chamber on Thursday evening before taking the final call. “The AGM stands cancelled. Appropriate notice has been issued to all the members,” Banerjee said after the meeting. “The AGM will be held only after making all the necessary changes suggested by the Supreme Court,” he added.However, it is still not been clear whether the entire constitution of the CAB will have to be amended. “We will take further legal opinion on the issue besides consulting Banerjee before taking the next step,” Ganguly stated.The incumbent office-bearers will continue to hold office until the overhaul is completed.No tenure after nine years, clarifies Lodha panel:Meanwhile, the Lodha Committee clarified to the state associations that any office-bearer who has cumulatively or separately completed nine years in office before or after July 18 will be disqualified from contesting elections, PTI adds from New Delhi.According to sources, the committee sent an email to BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke asking them to intimate the state associations which had queries in this regard.Several state associations basically sought two clarifications: 1. Are individuals who have cumulatively completed nine years as office-bearers of a state association disqualified from holding office again?Will the 9-year disqualification period commence from the date of the judgment (July 18, 2016) or does it include tenures prior to that date?The committee clarified: 1.Any individual who has cumulatively completed a period of 9 years as an office-bearer of a state association stands disqualified from contesting elections or holding a post in the association. This will apply to any person as of the date of the election, and will include periods prior to the date of the judgment.
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