No reforms in BCCI yet, says Supreme Court-appointed panel
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New Delhi: A Supreme Court-appointed panel of administrators to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said not a single reform recommended by the Lodha panel has been implemented by the cricket body.
“The committee of administrators is now in the same position as Lodha committee was because not a single recommendation is being implemented,” said senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who is assisting the court in the case.
A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra, D.Y. Chandrachud and A.M. Khanwilkar was hearing a batch of pleas filed by the Railway Sports Promotion Board, Services Sports Control Board and Association of Indian Universities and several state cricket associations against implementing reforms recommended by a panel led by former apex court chief justice R.M. Lodha.
Separately, additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the centre, told court a comprehensive legislation for regulating sporting bodies is in the pipeline.
“We are with the state associations on the issue and seek recall of order directing BCCI to implement the reforms,” Mehta said.
The panel of administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai filed a status report before the court. Apart from Rai, Vikram Limaye, managing director and CEO of IDBI Bank; former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji; and historian and writer Ramchandra Guha are part of the panel to run BCCI temporarily and implement the court-mandated reforms.
State cricket associations also sought the court’s nod to hold a meeting and make recommendations to the panel headed by Rai on a meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting over revenue sharing.
In 2013, the apex court had set up a three-member committee headed by Lodha to clean up the BCCI after allegations of spot fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) surfaced.
The committee recommended several sweeping changes in the BCCI including a “one state, one vote” formula that seeks to prevent states with multiple cricket associations from casting more than one vote, an age cap for office-bearers, and a ban on civil servants being part of the board, which has seen stiff resistance from the cricketing body.
The case will be heard next on 10 March.