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Lodha panel report may force BCCI to reschedule IPL itinerary

The Lodha Committee recommendations may force BCCI to alter the date of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League, scheduled to start on April 9, 2016 if the Supreme Court makes recommended measures on BCCI reforms final and binding.

cricket Updated: Jan 06, 2016 18:54 IST
Lodha Committee

Justice R M Lodha addressing a press conference after tabling the committee's report in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

The Lodha Committee recommendations may force BCCI to alter the date of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League, scheduled to start on April 9, 2016 if the Supreme Court makes recommended measures on BCCI reforms final and binding.

According to one of the recommendations by the Committee, it has been suggested that there should be a 15-day gap between IPL season and national calender.

The Indian cricket team will play take part in the ICC World T20, which will be played in the country from March 14 to April 2.

In case the Indian team qualifies for the final on April 2, the top national cricketers will be playing in IPL within a week from the completion of marquee event.

The page 42 of Volume 1 under the header ‘IPL’ states: “Cricket calendars also ought to keep this in mind, and the BCCI should ensure that at least 15 days gap should be provided between the IPL season and the national calendar. A testing and cramped cricketing year takes a substantial toll on a professional cricketer’s body and longevity, and it is the responsibility of the BCCI to take remedial measures immediately.”

The committee in its observation also reminded the BCCI that Indian players could possible follow example of foreign cricketers, who have declined IPL contracts for the longevity of their international careers.

“It ought not to be forgotten that the aim of the BCCI is to attract the best possible cricketing talent to the national side. The fact that many international players have declined lucrative IPL contracts to preserve themselves for national duty shows the path necessary for Indian cricket.”