Appointment of the Ombudsman, or Ethics Officer, was one of the key changes that had been proposed in the BCCI's Memorandum of Rules and Regulations to be taken up at the AGM.
With the soon-to-be-delivered recommendations over governance reforms by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee hanging over them, the Board members were all set to clear the way for this pathbreaking move which was announced by Shashank Manohar after being re-elected as the BCCI president last month.
The Ombudsman is going to be appointed "to deal with the complaints of Conflict of Interest and any act of indiscipline or misconduct or violation of any of the Rules and Regulations of the Board by an administrator," as per the wordings of the clause that has been proposed to be taken up at the AGM.
The AGM, which was postponed by more than a month from its normal late September date, is expected to put in place strict compliance protocols to the Conflict of Interest regulations in the wake of the Supreme Court's cracking of the whip on this matter.
Another important change in the proposed clauses is about the BCCI president approving every team picked by the national selection panel. The existing clause says that the president "shall approve the composition of the team selected by the Selection Committee", while the proposed clause reads,"The President, along with the Office Bearers, shall approve the composition of a team selected by the National Selection Committee from time to time."