Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun
An embattled BCCI is set to convene a meeting of its legal committee next week to discuss the Supreme Court's verdict that made it binding upon the board to implement the majority of the Lodha Committee's recommendations within six months. Officials of the board and state associations, which are required to carry out the recommendations concurrently with the BCCI, said the judgment was on expected lines.
"Nothing unexpected, nothing unusual. This was on the cards only," a BCCI official well versed in legal matters told ESPNcricinfo. He conceded the board had no wriggle room, and effectively ruled out the option of reviewing the verdict. "There is nothing to debate on it. You simply have to just adopt it. That's what Supreme Court has asked us to do.
"There is no scope for analysis. What are we going to gain [by reviewing the order]? The Lodha Committee has done everything, so we just have to put in place what it has laid down."
The official, however, said it would be difficult for state associations to implement the recommendations within the time frame. "The BCCI will do it, but state associations might take a little longer to adopt the same changes," he said. "They will all have to amend their constitutions in line with the BCCI's."
Meanwhile, state associations are treading cautiously, and waiting for guidance from the BCCI on their next course of action. Officials of five state associations that ESPNcricinfo spoke to confirmed they would firm up their plans after they heard from the BCCI. "We are waiting for the official correspondence from the BCCI," Unmesh Khanvilkar, Mumbai Cricket Association joint-secretary said. "Once we get that, we will have a discussion about the verdict. We have a meeting of our managing committee on July 24, and if we get a correspondence from the BCCI by then we will discuss it there."
The BCCI official said officials entrenched in state associations would be unwilling to giving up their position of influence easily. "You can't be an office bearer, but there is nothing that stops you from being a committee member," he said. "They will install their trusted allies in their place. The incumbent office bearer can sit in the committee and oversee everything."
G Gangaraju, BCCI vice-president and Andhra Cricket Association secretary, who will have to step down by virtue of being over the stipulated age-limit of 70, had suggested former officials could still have a role to play in the functioning of state associations. "We can guide the people. We may not be office bearers but we can always look into [how] things are going on," he said.
It is also understood former BCCI president N Srinivasan, who has remained Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president since 2002-03, intends to continue functioning in the state body in a different role. "We discussed the situation yesterday. He has to step down as president, but there can be some other position in which we can use his assistance," a TNCA insider said. "So long as it is not an elected office, he can function in any manner. That is not an issue, which is why he is not particularly perturbed with the judgement."