It looks Indian cricket is going through an eventful week. After the appointment of Anil Kumble as Team India’s head coach and the never-ending drama surrounding it, all eyes will be in the Indian capital also as the Supreme Court is ready to give direction on the implementation of the Justice Lodha Commission’s recommendations which if taken may well change the way Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) runs the show in the country.
Before having a break, the apex court heard BCCI’s counsel and their affiliated units regarding their resistance to implementing the Lodha recommendations.
The petitioner in the case, Aditya Verma, who has been almost single-handedly fighting a long battle with the BCCI to get Bihar cricket back in the fold, now expects a decision today. “Since the honourable court has finished hearing all arguments, I am expecting a direction on the matter today.
“I have also put a plea in the court, objecting to Anurag Thakur as the BCCI president since he has been charge sheeted in three cases in Himachal Pradesh. That matter will also be heard today,” revealed Verma.
Lodha Commission’s recommendations, if accepted by the Supreme Court, would definitely change the scenario of how cricket is governed in the country. While the BCCI has already implemented some of the recommendations suggested by the Lodha panel, the board is reluctant to accept some contentious issues such as one-state, one-vote, 70-age limit for office-bearers etc.
Will his dream finally come true with the verdict of making cricket a gentleman’s game again? Will the wrongdoers in the world’s richest cricket body, BCCI, be punished? All these questions are making Aditya Verma impatient.
Hailed from Chapra district of Bihar, Verma inherited his unbelievable passion for cricket from his father, who was a businessman and an avid cricket lover. He represented his college and was the only player from Bihar to have represented Bihar University at the all-India universities tournament. To promote cricket, he even organized several tournaments in Chapra and later, moved to Jamshedpur to work and play for the Tatas.