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After looking into the organisational structure and functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha Committee on Monday came up with a comprehensive set of recommendations. Earlier in the day, the committee submitted its final report to the apex court.

What does it mean for the BCCI as we know it today?

Nothing just yet as these are just recommendations that the committee has made to the Supreme Court about how it thinks the BCCI should be run. Should the Supreme Court admit these recommendations, the BCCI will be asked for its response. In other words, the report is “not binding" on the BCCI, till the Supreme Court says otherwise.

Which parts of the report will the BCCI likely oppose?

The BCCI is unlikely to accept proposals that affect its members such as state associations. Take the radical ‘one member, one vote’ suggestion for a start where the committee proposes that if a state (like Maharashtra or Gujarat) has three associations, one of them will have full voting rights, while the other two will be relegated to associate members. A top BCCI official told Mint that it may not be practical. For this recommendation to see the light of the day, it would mean ripping apart the BCCI’s constitution as we know it today.

If this recommendation is indeed implemented, it could also take away from the history of the sport centres like Saurashtra and Baroda, where cricket was an important sport, even before the country’s Independence.

It could also oppose the constitution of the governing council where the committee recommends the presence of two franchises. The official said, “How is this not conflict of interest? When two franchise owners are sitting in a committee of a league in which they have commercial interest?" Also, the players’ association is something the BCCI has traditionally not been a fan of. And that is unlikely to change.

What parts of the report will (or should) the BCCI consider for implementation?

For a start (assuming it accepts the report), it may agree to the committee’s recommendations which seeks to de-link the BCCI from the IPL. Or for that matter, the term limits or eligibility, which is an interesting suggestion. However, it is likely oppose the rider which recommends a cooling-off period of a term before it can re-enter BCCI. The BCCI should also consider appointing a full-time CEO who will be assisted by six professionals, as suggested by the committee.

What has the BCCI done so far since Shashank Manohar has taken charge?

When Shashank Manohar took charge of the BCCI in October last year, he came into his second term with a clear reform-driven agenda—to weed out conflict of interest within the BCCI, and to improve transparency and governance structures within the board. He sought two months to implement some of his reforms and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI in November came up with a strict set of conflict-of-interest related guidelines for players, administrators (both BCCI and state-level) and office-bearers. Besides, the BCCI has also over the last three months, put up its finances (payments of over 25 lakh) on its website.

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