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BCCI vs Lodha panel: Supreme Court likely to pass order on reforms today

The ongoing stand-off between the Supreme Court and the BCCI over the implementation of reforms suggested by Lodha panel is all set reach a climax on Monday with the court likely to take a final decision on the contentious issue.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2016 11:25 IST
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The SC on October 7 had given BCCI president Anurag Thakur 10 days to file a personal affidavit, following media reporting ICC CEO Dave Richardson’s claim that Thakur had made such a request.(Reuters file)

The Supreme Court is likely to take a final decision on Monday over a defiant BCCI’s refusal to implement the recommendations suggested by the Lodha panel.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to tell the court that it would need more time to take on board all state cricket associations on the recommendations of the panel headed by the former chief justice of India RM Lodha.

However, if the court is not convinced, it might appoint an administrator straightaway. Else, it could reserve its order and pronounce it in a day or two.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur is also expected to submit a personal affidavit before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur clarifying whether he asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to write that Lodha committee’s recommendations amounted to government interference.

The BCCI president was given 10 days to file his response after media reports said that ICC CEO Dave Richardson claimed Thakur had made such a request. The world richest cricket board allegedly wanted the world body to issue a communication saying the Lodha panel’s push for reforms amounted to ‘government interference’.

The ICC communication would have come with a threat of suspending the Indian board because national federations are autonomous bodies. However, the ICC, headed by the previous BCCI chief Shashank Manohar, did not oblige.

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At a special meeting on Saturday, which included representatives of its full members, the cricket body decided to continue its opposition to some of the reforms suggested by the panel. The BCCI also made it clear that ‘One State One Vote, One person One post, age cap, cooling off period’ remain contentious issues.

The Supreme Court had on on October 7 ordered that no funds must be released by BCCI to state units, or the latest tranche disbursed spent, until they give an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the committee.

The BCCI is braced for the worst given the court’s no-nonsense attitude. The apex court has already warned the cricket body that it can’t pick and choose from the recommendations as it had done after a special general meeting on October 1.

The court may ask its top brass — Thakur, secretary Ajay Shirke, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary — to step down before appointing an ad-hoc committee that will ensure the Lodha Committee’s recommendations are implemented in its entirety.

A former judge could be appointed as legal advisor to the committee that could comprise only former players.

Also read | Why BCCI is against implementing key Lodha panel reforms

First Published: Oct 17, 2016 09:31 IST