India’s cricket board refuted allegations on Thursday that it wasn’t complying with recommendations made by a Supreme Court-appointed panel that suggested sweeping reforms in the world’s richest sports body.
In an affidavit, the Board of Control for Cricket in India told the top court that at a meeting of all of its constituents, several recommendations made by the SC-appointed Lodha committee were rejected by voting, ANI reported.
“Records of 40 mails sent to justice Lodha will be submitted to the court, not true that we didn’t respond to committee’s mails,” the news agency quoted from the affidavit.
The Lodha panel – formed last January as a follow-up to the court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal – had complained to the SC that the BCCI was stalling any effort to change its old system of functioning.
The former SC judge also complained that the board flouted suggested guidelines at its annual general meeting on September 21, which included taking a decision to form a new national selection committee.
The selection panel, according to the BCCI, will meet on Thursday to pick the squad for the ODI series against New Zealand.
The BCCI sought to stick to its old system, saying the Tamil Nadu Societies Act governs it and the law allows certain privileges such as adopting a resolution with majority votes.
Its response says board members were told the panel’s report has to be accepted in totality. But the members, including government nominees, insisted on a vote and the resolution was rejected “overwhelmingly”.
The response came after the top court warned the board and gave time until October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel’s complaint. “You are behaving like lords. Fall in line, otherwise we will make you fall in line,” the court said last week. The board has also been accused of not responding to mails from the committee.