With their work on the draft constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) completed, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will submit it to the apex court on Monday (September 11)
CoA head Vinod Rai confirmed that the three-member committee’s work on the Constitution was complete and ready to be handed over to the Supreme Court ‘much before’ the next hearing (September 19) on the Lodha reforms implementation. Rai also confirmed that there would not be a sixth status report.
“We have completed our work and we will definitely submit the draft constitution in the Supreme Court much before the next scheduled hearing on September 19. There will not be a sixth status report,” Rai said on Friday (September 8).
Before the latest development, the Supreme Court had made it clear to the BCCI that their futile attempt to delay the court’s order would not be entertained further before stating that the board would face contempt if it does not implement the orders.
“The CoA will incorporate the Lodha committee’s recommendations in the new constitution. The SC had, through the Lodha committee, sought to usher in reform of BCCI to make cricket administration transparent and accountable. Nothing has been complied with so far. Our order has to be implemented or face contempt. This shuttling and re-shuttling of our order like in a badminton game cannot be allowed,” the court had said in a hearing on August 23, when it also issued show-cause notices to the top brass of the BCCI.
It is expected that the Supreme Court, in the next hearing, would seek explanations from acting president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Choudhary for the board’s persistent failures to implement the Lodha reforms.
Meanwhile, Rai also said that it was up to the Supreme Court to decide the status of units like Kolkata’s National Cricket Club (NCC) and Mumbai’s Cricket Club of India (CCI), which are supposed to lose full membership plus voting rights due to the Lodha Reforms.
“That will be upto the Supreme Court to decide on how much cricket they play,” Rai said.