India cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble have met the justice Lodha panel tasked by the Supreme Court to suggest ways to improve the functioning of the BCCI and prevent a repeat of the 2013 fixing scandal.
“Yes, we met Sachin, Rahul and Anil. So far, we have interacted with six former India captains. Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi have also given their views,” justice RM Lodha told HT on Friday.
It was the Lodha panel that recently suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from IPL for two years after their key officials were found guilty of betting by the Mudgal panel that probed spot-fixing scandal that hit Season 6 of the cash-rich domestic Twenty20 league.
Sachin, who spent almost 40 minutes with the former chief justice of India on September 30, shared views on improving the way the cricket is conducted in India, the financial powerhouse of the sport.
“It was my first one-to-one meeting with Sachin and he shared his suggestions with the committee,” said Lodha. Dravid deposed the same day.
“Each one has his perception on issues relating to cricket, administration, IPL, conflict of interest, corruption, transparency, accountability, state-level tournaments and state units administration.”
Kumble met the three-member panel on September 29. Skipper Sourav Ganguly and pacers Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad are among the 70 former players, senior administrators and other stakeholders to be interviewed by the panel.
“The interactions are only on the reforms part. A questionnaire was sent to them, and while some questions may not be relevant, whatever we wanted to discuss, we did. Three-four persons are left and we intend to finish early,” he said.
While setting up the Lodha panel as part of its January 22 verdict in the spot-fixing scandal, the top court also asked the committee to examine the role, if any, of IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman in the scandal.
The committee is also to suggest ways to prevent sporting frauds, conflict of interest, and streamline the board’s working to make it more responsive to the expectations of the public at large.