Here’s how Lodha panel recommendations are likely to affect BCCI

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2016 19:33 IST
The head of Supreme Court appointed committee Justice Rajendra Lodha poses for photographs during a press conference in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

A Supreme Court committee headed by retired Chief Justice RM Lodha has recommended several changes aimed at bringing transparency into the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The three-member panel, which submitted a 159-page report on Monday to the Supreme Court for ratification, addressed a crowded press conference to make public the measures it has recommended.

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Here’s a look at some of the recommendations put forward by the committee and their possible effects.

Recommendation 1: A ‘one-man, one-post’ policy, which stipulates that senior officials can hold just one cricketing post at a time.

Effect: Many persons occupying prominent positions in the cricketing world may be affected. Some of them are:

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur: Also the president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

Sourav Ganguly, president, Cricket Association of Bengal: Also a member of the IPL Governing Council and chairman of the BCCI technical committee.

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla: Also the chairman of the IPL governing council and director of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.

IPL governing council member Ajay Shirke: Also the president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

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Recommendation 2: Only one association from a state can be a full BCCI member with voting rights. Others will only be associate members, although all teams can take part in tournaments.

Effect: While Gujarat has Baroda and Saurashtra associations, Maharashtra has its Bombay and Vidarbha associations. These states will have to decide on one voting member among themselves. On the flip side, no association would want to become an associate member as it would reduce its annual BCCI grant. As institutions such as universities, Services, Railways, National Cricket Club (Kolkata) and the Cricket Club of India (Mumbai) are units without geographical area, they will become associate members.

Recommendation 3: An apex body, a general body and two separate wings will be formed to run the IPL and other BCCI tournaments.

Effect: Some units in the general body will lose their voting power. Instead of the 14-member working committee, which decides on all issues, a nine-member apex body will be formed. A CEO will run the day-to-day affairs of the BCCI. The IPL body will include an official from the CAG’s office to scrutinise financial dealings.

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