The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has continued to play with fire as they are still reluctant on implementing several reforms suggested by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.
Time and again, the committee has asked the apex court to dismiss the top brass of the cricket board for not complying with its recommendations and the BCCI, it seems, is hell-bent to defy them.
At a Special General Meeting on Friday (December 2), the cricket board insisted they will not change their decisions that were taken at the previous General Meeting in October. The BCCI, after the conclusion of that meeting, had said that they have ‘unanimously’ accepted all the important recommendations made by the panel. However, reports are suggesting that the apex cricket board and the state boards are still not willing to implement some reforms like election and term of an office bearer, one-state-one-vote, formation of an Apex Council to replace the existing working committee, and the role of the CEO.
Meanwhile, when,on Friday, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was asked whether the board has made up its mind to not implement the recommendations, he said as quoted in ESPNcricinfo: “We have once again explained to them [members] the position and they have again clarified their position that they stand to their decision taken earlier.So the decision taken on the October 1 SGM, the members have reiterated their position with regards to the reforms.”
He said that board will take another step only after listening to the court’s order on December 5, which is the date for the next hearing of the case. The court will not have a look at the report that was submitted by the Lodha Panel on November 18 in which they asked the court to remove the top officials of the cricket board if they fail to implement the reforms.
Meanwhile, a state association president who attended the meeting on Friday insisted that the board will have to abide by the orders given by the court.
He said: “We don’t have to take any decision. We have said we don’t agree [with certain recommendations]. Whatever the Supreme Court says we will have to abide.”