Lodha panel says will file report in SC on BCCI’s recent decisions
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New Delhi: Taking a tough stance on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) defiance of its recommendations, the justice R.M. Lodha committee on Monday said it will file a status report with the Supreme Court, highlight the “impediments” in the implementation of its reform proposals to the cricket board.
The apex court-appointed panel held an internal meeting on Monday to discuss the violations, specifically the election of secretary and appointment of a five-member selection committee, by the BCCI in its annual general meeting on 21 September.
“The session was about the developments and the decisions taken by the BCCI in its AGM on 21 September. They have decided to send the report to the Supreme Court. If there are any impediments in implementation of the recommendations the committee will submit a status report. We are submitting the status report because the committee finds that there are impediments,” justice Lodha told reporters.
The Lodha panel had recommended a set of sweeping reforms in the BCCI, including restricting the tenure of office bearers, introducing cooling-off period for administrators, cutting down the present five-member selection panel to three, and employing the one state, one vote policy, among others.
The Lodha panel was formed by the Supreme Court in the wake of the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal.
In its report to the Supreme Court, the panel had suggested several changes in reforming the world’s richest cricketing body. The BCCI called a special general meeting on 30 September to consider the amendments to the rules and regulations of the board as recommended by the Lodha committee.
The panel gave the BCCI two deadlines—30 September to make constitutional changes, and 15 December for the cricket board to form a nine-member apex committee that will replace the working committee.