The Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Saturday held a Special General Meeting to discuss the implementation of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The outcome of this more than six hours meeting did not impress the Supreme Court.
Though the BCCI, who has to respond to Lodha Committee’s status report in the Supreme Court by tomorrow, in its press release stated that they have unanimously adopted “important recommendations”, but the reality is that they have conveniently rejected some major reforms which could change the landscape of cricket in India. Key recommendations like 70-age cap on administrators, nine-year tenure with cooling period after every term and the one state, one vote policy has been rejected by the BCCI. Even the recommendations which have been accepted are with certain modifications. This move of BCCI appears to be against the Supreme Court order, which said that all of the Lodha report’s recommendations passed by the court – and not a selection – would have to be adopted by the board.
The BCCI was supposed to adopt the new draft as proposed by the Lodha Committee by September 30 as per the deadline. While BCCI President Anurag Thakur justified that they have not missed any deadline, Secretary Ajay Shirke said the BCCI has done its best to implement the reforms recommended.
The Lodha Committee – comprising former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran – was formed in January 2015 to determine appropriate punishments for some of the officials involved in the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, and also to propose changes to streamline the BCCI, reform its functioning, prevent sporting fraud and conflict of interest. The report of the Lodha Committee covered every aspect of the game with special focus on the BCCI’s administrative and governance structures and the issue of transparency.
But it seems that even Supreme Court’s warning, just a few days ago, of “either fall in line or we will make you fall in line” was not enough to shake the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Information source: PTI, Hindustan Times, ESPNCricinfo