Rajeev Shukla says a lot, but doesn’t divulge much. It was the same story here on Thursday, when the IPL chairman had a lot to say about the Lodha panel’s recommendations and the aftermath, but his words did not really convey much as far as the BCCI’s position is concerned, following Supreme Court’s “fall-in-line” diktat “We have a special general body meeting on Saturday and the members will place their views there,” he said. The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association chief was in town to boost his team’s confidence. Uttar Pradesh are facing Bengal in the Ranji Trophy here and Shukla took time off to meet the teams.
“In the last meeting, Lodha Committee’s recommendations were taken up clause by clause,” he said. “Members discussed each point and placed their views. There were objections against some of the clauses while others were accepted. Now, it is once again up to the members to decide which ones to accept.”
Shukla refused to indicate if there has been a softening of stand among the BCCI members since the last Supreme Court hearing. “We will have to wait for the Saturday meeting to understand that,” he said. However, he did indicate that they had their eyes on the next hearing on Monday. “We will wait till Monday before deciding our future action.”
The BCCI special general meeting will also discuss Supreme Court’s order to president Anurag Thakur, asking him to file an affidavit on his alleged letter to the ICC, requesting the world body to declare the formation of Lodha Committee as an interference of the government in the activities of an autonomous body. “The members will be asked their views before the affidavit is filed,” Shukla said.
Talking about ICC, particularly Shashank Manohar, Shukla stood by Thakur’s assertions that the former BCCI president wasn’t really helping the Indian body’s cause in his capacity as the ICC chairman. “Our president has made our position clear on that issue,” he said. “There has been no cooperation so far.” Shukla also added that it would be a welcome move if Thakur is given a prestigious post in the ICC.”BCCI is a very important member of the ICC and we have always been part of important panels, including the Finance Committee. We should be given due importance.”
The IPL chairman does not feel that the Lodha Committee has criticised the lucrative T20 league in its report. “There have been some recommendations and we are looking into them,” was all he would say.Shukla said that the BCCI is not against playing Pakistan, but would go by any directive from the government. “The country’s security is paramount,” he said. “We are ready to play against Pakistan, but only after we get the nod from the government.”Regarding PCB’s move to seek a censure against Thakur for his recent comments on Pakistan, Shukla said they should first ask themselves why they are not in a position to host other nations. “They are free to ask for a censure or anything, but first of all they should be asking themselves why they have to play their home matches at neutral venues,” Shukla said. “They have a huge army, but can’t it ensure security to a handful of cricketers? After the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, why couldn’t they assure other countries that it was a safe place for cricket?
They should first answer these questions before talking about other nations.”