With an eye to work on the Lodha Committee recommendations, BCCI is eyeing to form a working committee to get the work started. As per the minutes of a meeting of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on December 12, the CoA has decided to form a 'Working Group' comprising legend Kapil Dev, former India batsman Anshuman Gaekwad, wicketkeeper Bharath Reddy and ex-India women's team captain Shanta Rangaswamy, which will work with former home secretary GK Pillay to commence the process of the formation of CPA.
In its fourth report to the Supreme Court, the COA had asked the apex court for suggestions to forming a working committee to head the rework suggested by the Lodha Committee.
The CoA had then suggested the names of Kapil, Gaekwad and Reddy as the replacements in the steering committee. While the CoA was informed that it "won't be advisable for it to reconstitute the steering committee, since the issue was pending before the SC, it could start the preparatory work for the formation of the same." Rangaswamy has been included the working group so that "there's at least one woman cricketer who can help in identifying the women cricketers for the CPA."
Notably, Rangaswamy's name has also been recommended by the CoA to the apex court to be a part of the steering committee. "We've had two meetings already. Right now, we're collecting information from the BCCI about all the former cricketers in India in the male, female and physically challenged category. We're working as per the guidelines of the SC and waiting for the court's approval," said a member of the 'Working Group.
It has to be said that BCCI is keeping no stone unturned towards following the suggestions of the committee in the process towards making the image of cricket clean in the country.