The Supreme Court on Friday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India is refusing to be reformed after the Board’s lawyers refused to accept some of the proposal made by the Lodha panel.
On January 4, 2016, the Lodha panel made several telling recommendations to the Supreme Court. It suggested structural changes to the powerful BCCI to ensure more transparency in its operation.
The panel recommended cooling off period between successive terms for top officials and age caps. In Frida’s hearing, several recommendations like ‘one state-one-unit-one-vote’ met with serious opposition from Board’s lawyers. The panel recommended cooling off period between successive terms for top officials and age caps. In Friday’s hearing, several recommendations like ‘one state-one-unit-one vote’ met with serious opposition from the Board’s lawyers.
The Supreme Court Bench said, “BCCI is refusing to be reformed while you are discharging a public function.” The hearing resumes on Monday.
‘Autonomous’ BCCI Refuses a Government Nominee
The BCCI argued that it was an autonomous body and was “accountable to the Registrar of Co-operative Societies”. It also refused to have a government nominee on board as it was “against the rule of the International Cricket Council.”
The Supreme Court, which wants the Lodha panel report to be implemented, hit back at the BCCI asking: ” Is BCCI arguing that we might collect hundreds of crores but can’t be questioned on how it has been spent?”
The judges were referring to the revenue collected from TV commercials and ticket sales.
The judges said the BCCI had no control over people and whom it was allocating money. On Tuesday, the apex court had slammed the BCCI for being a ‘mutually benefit society.”
Earlier, the Supreme Court appointed justice RM Lodha committee recommended schedule change in Indian Premier League. The IPL 2016 will start on April 9, just five days after the WT20 final.
According to one of the recommendations by the committee, there should be a 15-day gap between IPL season and national cricket calendar.
The World T20 scheduled to be staged in India starts from March 14 and will continue till April 3. After this marquee tournament, the IPL will start on April 9. So, only six-day rest has been prescribed for India.
The page 42 of Volume 1 of the Lodha committee recommendations 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 take 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 the example of foreign cricketers, who 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.”