The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on Monday on the implementation of a panel’s recommendations on how to reform the way cricket is run in the country.
The top court set up the Lodha committee in January 2014 after allegations of betting and spot-fixing surfaced in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The three-member panel led by former chief justice of India RM Lodha had suggested a raft of administrative changes at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which runs the sport in the country.
But the BCCI challenged those recommendations, including suggestions to delink IPL and BCCI, age restrictions for the board’s office bearers and a ‘one state, one vote’ policy, which would mean only cricketing bodies representing a state would have full membership and voting rights in the BCCI.
The BCCI is strongly opposed to the ‘one state, one vote’ idea, saying it violates the fundamental right to form an association.
The Supreme Court has been hearing the case for four hours every Monday and Friday since February. It has criticised the BCCI on a host of issues, including on arbitrary allocation of funds to state cricketing boards.
Monday’s verdict is expected around 2 pm.
The Lodha panel has also recommended the creation of three new positions—an ombudsman, an ethics officer and an electoral officer. The ombudsman’s position has already been filled.
The committee also indicted Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra and their respective IPL teams, the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, for betting and other corruption.
The two men were banned for life from all cricket-related activity in July and their IPL franchises were suspended for two years.