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All You Need To Know About Supreme Court’s Verdict On BCCI: 6 Points

In a stern decision taken by the Supreme Court, BCCI President Anurag Thakur was expelled from his position along with BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke. The Supreme Court took the hard hitting decision after it was found out that the Thakur-led BCCI didn’t comply to the norms and recommendations of the Lodha Panel.

The Lodha Panel, appointed by the Supreme Court, had recently suggested a series of guidelines for the BCCI to abide to, which mainly included the divorce between political entities and the individuals managing cricket. For instance, several members of the Bhartiya Janta Party hold influential positions within the BCCI. Despite the recommendations, Thakur, himself a member of the BJP, didn’t take any measure to abide to the policies. As a result, the Supreme Court validated that Thakur ceased to exist as the BCCI boss.

Post the evaluation by the Supreme Court on Monday, former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha spoke to the press. “This is a logical consequence. Once the reforms were accepted, it had to be implemented. There were obstructions, the timeline wasn’t followed and it had to happen. As long as the Supreme Court order passed on 18 July stands, they had to follow it. This is a victory of game of cricket. Administrators come and go. The game will flourish, that I’m sure of.”

Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, the three judge panel, issued a notice to Anurag Thakur, seeking why the latter shouldn’t be held guilty for perjury charges and not tried in a criminal prosecution.

Below we try to break down the judgment as put forward by the Supreme Court of India.

 

  1. The Supreme Court mentions that for the time being, a committee of eminent personalities would be appointed in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the BCCI on a day to day basis.
  1. All State cricket boards will now come directly under the centralized BCCI body.
  1. Till the actual committee of eminent personalities is formed, the Supreme Court stressed that the senior most Vice President should take over as the President and the Joint Secretary will replace Ajay Shirke.
  1. All BCCI administrators, excluding the now axed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke, will work only as per the guidelines and recommendations as put forward by the Lodha panel.
  1. When the main committee is formed, the Lodha panel will be in charge of the actual policy making for the BCCI. 
  1. Post the formulation of the committee, the administrators are expected to work under the Lodha panel and report directly.
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Twitter Explodes as Supreme Court Sack BCCI President Anurag Thakur

Not a memorable start to the new year for BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who on the very second day of 2017, i.e on Monday has been sacked from its post by the Supreme Court of India.

The decision came in as a shock for the cricketing fraternity across the nation, as board seemed to have lost the long fought battle against the Lodha Panel, who laid down a handful of recommendations for a change in cricket’s governing body in India after the IPL spot-fixing fallout in 2013.

Supreme Court, however, in their latest verdict removed the top brass of BCCI, including Ajay Shirke, the honorary secretary of BCCI following the warning issued by the apex court to Anurag Thakur for Perjury which stands as a criminal offence and can lead to a seven-year jail term.

From former cricketers to commentators, everyone took it on social media to express their thoughts.

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BCCI President Anurag Thakur Sacked After Supreme Court’s Verdict

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur has been sacked following the verdict of the Supreme Court on Monday. The apex body has also removed BCCI’s secretary Ajay Shirke after failing to implement the orders to bring much-needed accountability, objectivity and transparency in the cricket body.

“This is the logical consequence. Once the recommendations were accepted by the court, it had be implemented. There were obstructions, there were impediments… Obviously this had to happen, and it has happened,” RM Lodha, the chairman of the Lodha Committee said.

In what could be termed as undemocratic, the Supreme Court will announce the names of BCCI top brass on January 19.

In a landmark decision, the court has ordered that the senior-most official and the Vice President of BCCI will be acting as board’s president and its joint secretary will act as secretary before stating that the committee will look after the affairs of board in itself.

“The court has asked me and Anurag to leave. That is fine. I don’t regret anything. I have no personal ambition. I hope the new administration runs the BCCI well,” Shirke was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times after his sacking.

Currently, BCCI have five vice-presidents and three among them have crossed the age bar which has been set by the committee; Gautam Roy (East Zone), TC Mathew (West), ML Nehru (North) Dr G. Gangaraju (South) and CK Khanna (Central).

The court has also stated that the administrators are supposed to resign who are over 70 in age before implementing all the RM Lodha recommendations. The committee was formed after the betting scandal in Indian Premier League surfaced.

The Lodha reformation proposal for cricket body had included the age bar of BCCI office-holders followed by their tenure restriction which includes the scrapping of the state team influence like Maharashtra.

“Anurag Thakur & Ajay Shirkey have borne consequences of BCCI not obeying SC orders,” said Justice Mukul Mudgal.

Earlier, the apex court warned Thakur for Perjury which stands as a criminal offence and can lead to a seven year jail term.

Allegedly, the RM Lodha had stated the BCCI functionaries have been at the helm to obstruct the reforms in the cricket governing body.

“Hope cricket will be run in a better manner now. The SC decision was expected. Nobody should have obstructed its order on reforms. This is going to be great news for Indian sports, cricket in particular,” the former cricket Bishan Singh Bedi took a jibe at the long-standing tussle which results in the sacking of Anurag Thakur.

The long tussle between the BCCI and apex board-led Lodha committee has finally seen some major changes after Monday’s verdict.

“The SC decision was expected. Truth has to be prevailed. Nobody should have obstructed its order on reforms. This is going to be great news for Indian sports, cricket in particular,” Bedi concluded.

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Supreme Court To Decide BCCI, Anurag Thakur’s Fate Tomorrow

The Supreme Court tomorrow at around 11 in the morning is going to enunciate its all important order after a long-standing tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with apex body-appointed Lodha Committee for the reconstitution in the cricket governing body which also includes the crucial decision on the current BCCI supremo Anurag Thakur.

The Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, who is all set to retire on January 3, is heading the three-judge panel, has warned that Thakur ‘will have to go to jail if he doesn’t apologise’.

“Once we pronounce order you will have no place to go but jail… What is your intent? Once an order from Supreme Court is passed you went to ICC to ask them to write that the reforms suggested amounts to judicial interference. Why are you trying to mislead the court. If you want to escape perjury charges you ought to apologise. At every stage you have been trying to obstruct the process of reform,” TS Thakur said.

Earlier, the apex court had warned Thakur to be booked for perjury after coming up with the affidavit which became an obstruction after BCCI has overlooked to embrace further reforms in cricket. Perjury is a criminal offence for which a person can be jailed up to seven-year.

It was learnt the 42-year-old Thakur did not request International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar in an affidavit for writing about the ‘government interference’ after the appointment of a member of the CAG that further has opposed to the reform of ‘one state, one vote’ procedure.

To make things clear, Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam had urged Manohar to write to the apex body to ‘set the record straight’.

On the other side, BCCI has made it clear that the state cricket associations are the autonomous bodies and it won’t be able to force such entities to completely adopt the process of reformation.

As the Lodha Committee has suggested many things for the reformation, the apex court has stated BCCI to be a ‘public body’ after the rift became an open debate. The former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha stated the BCCI has played the role of ‘obstructionist’ for the reforms in the body.

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We Are In Problem But Need To Wait Till January 3: Anurag Thakur

Under-fire BCCI president Anurag Thakur has said the board will have to keep everything on hold until January 3 – the day the Supreme Court gives its much-awaited verdict over the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations.

Speaking at the sidelines of a promotional event in New Delhi, Thakur said the long tussle between the board and the Supreme Court-appointed panel has not been in the best interest of the players. The board has been reluctant to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha Panel which has forced the panel to ask Supreme Court to remove the top brass of the board. Not only that, there have been several instances when the cricket board has threatened to cancel matches due to lack of funds.

“We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub-judice. We are in problem and we need to wait till January 3,” Thakur said on Friday.

Taking a dig at some former players who have backed the Lodha Committee reforms, Thakur said:“The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us.”

He also targetted the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not including the world’s richest cricket board in the working committee.

“I was there at the meeting and every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs the BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without us, they should know global cricket needs the BCCI,” he said.

Meanwhile, the BCCI chief even had a word of advice for the ICC after they snubbed India Test captain Virat Kohli from the Test team of the year. The team was selected on the basis of the players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016 and as a result, Kohli, who scored three double-centuries in 2016, missed out on a place in the team.

“I think the ICC should look into the matter. They can try and consider the period of January to December per year for such feats so that a player in good form is not missed out, as India are the no. 1 Test team. But I am happy that Ashwin has been adjudged the Test Cricketer of the Year,” he concluded.

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Current Situation (Lodha v BCCI) Not In Best Interest of Cricketers: Anurag Thakur

Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) supremo Anurag Thakur stated that the current situation which Indian cricket governing board is going through after a long-standing dispute with Justice RM Lodha Committee is not in the prime interest of cricketers as the matter is still under judicial consideration.

With the BCCI hesitant to implement several recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed panel (Lodha Committee) for the reforms in cricket, the apex body will give its much-awaited verdict on January 3, to seal the fate of the Board.

“We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub-judice. We are in problem and we need to wait until January 3,” 42-year-old Thakur said while further referring to instructions given by apex body over ‘stifling of funds’ for the BCCI, quoted as saying by PTI.

As the tussle continued between the two powerful administrations, Thakur takes a jibe at former Indian cricketers about raising the flak against BCCI.

“The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us,” added Thakur.

However, BCCI officials are expected to keep everything as it is, before apex body’s decision for the matter that remained a hot debate for so long will come.

Standing tough against the International Cricket Council’s decision, Thakur was expecting to see India getting included in the global cricket working group which did not happen at the last moment.

“I was there at the meeting and every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without BCCI, they should know global cricket needs BCCI,” Thakur remarked.

Thakur, who seemed happy for veteran off-spinner Ashwin for being named as the Test Cricket of the Year, also reacted on snubbing of Virat Kohli for the ICC’s Test Team of the Year, while giving a piece of advice to world cricket governing body, ICC.

“ICC should look into the matter as India is No.1 Test team. But I am happy that Ashwin has been adjudged Test Cricketer of the Year,” he said.

“We have a lot of money but we can’t spend it. We need permission for it,” Thakur’s sarcastic remark came while he was responding to one of the questions at the promotional event for Pro Wrestling League when asked: ‘Why Board can’t have one lakh coaches for 1 lakh village panchayats’.

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Anurag Thakur Gives Clarity Over Virat Kohli’s Omission From ICC’s Test Team Of 2016

BCCI President Anurag Thakur, on Thursday, said India captain Virat Kohli failed to make it the ICC Test Team of 2016 as the voting for the team happened in September and he made most of his runs after that.

The exclusion of Virat Kohli raised eyebrows across the globe as he scored three double hundreds in 2016. He was also recently adjourned Man of the Series against England after piling up 655 runs in the five-Test series.

“Unfortunately, Virat Kohli, who has turned into a big player, did not make it to the ICC’s Test Team because voting happens in September window and he made all the runs after this September,” Thakur said.

India didn’t lost a single Test in 2016 and are yet to lose a Test series under Kohli’s captaincy.

Thakur went onto congratulate Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as the duo are now No.1 and No.2 respectively in the ICC Test Bowlers Rankings.

“I would like to congratulate both of the players for performing tremendously well and guiding the team to repeated victories as well as to the No.1 spot in rankings,” the BCCI chief said.

Anurag Thakur has also hopes India will continue their great progress they have made under young captain Virat Kohli as the team recently clinched No.1 spot in the Test rankings and with the win over England, they’ve now enlarged the gap from the second placed team.

“I hope Team India continue to remain the No. 1 team under the guidance of Virat Kohli. And the way Mahendra Singh Dhoni and then Kohli led the team to victories clearly shows that the team will continue to achieve greater heights in the coming future,” he concluded.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur.
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I Haven’t Lied and There is No Question of Perjury Either, Says BCCI President Anurag Thakur

BCCI President Anurag Thakur has backed himself saying he hasn’t lied under the oath to the Supreme Court and further added there is no question of perjury either.

Anurag Thakur, in October, submitted an affidavit to the apex court saying he did not seek any help from cricket’s governing body against including a member of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office on top brass of the BCCI. However, the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar has admitted in a letter written to Lodha Panel that the politician asked the ICC to intervene into the matter, two days after the Supreme Court happened to put Thakur under the charge for perjury.

Thakur later said that board is unable to line-up any further meeting with the Lodha Panel to convey their concerns about implementing the recommendations suggested by them.

“The matter is sub judice and I have full faith in the Indian judicial system. We have called meetings time and again to implement justice Lodha committee recommendations. More than 85 per cent recommendations have been implemented.

“The members do not agree to implement three-four recommendations as they are not practical. To convey this, we sought time but the committee is not giving us time for the last two months.”

He further defended his board by saying the amount of success Indian team have had attained on the field in recent times is amazing and the BCCI must get some credit for that.

“Before the recommendations, we have brought many reforms in the BCCI which is the best run organisation in the world today. Our teams have performed well in so many tournaments.

“We are the number one team in Tests, number two in T20s and number three in ODIs. Look at the performance of our junior team where they are in the finals of the Asia Cup. Our women’s team has won the Asia Cup. So where are shortcomings? Pressure is being created unnecessarily on us.”

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Anurag Thakur Credits Rahul Dravid For KL Rahul, Karun Nair’s Good Show

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur has credited India A coach Rahul Dravid for youngsters’ good show in recent times. The likes of Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal have benefited a lot by spending time with the legendary batsman and the latest player to reap the reward is Karun Nair.

The Karnataka batsman, who was a part of the India A team that toured Australia earlier this year, became the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Test cricket when he scored 303* against England in the ongoing Test at Chennai. The 25-year-old led India’s strong reply to England’s massive first innings total as the hosts finished on 759 for 7, their highest score in the longest format of the game. Another youngster, who impressed one and all, was Karun’s state teammate KL Rahul. The opening batsman scored 199 and laid the foundation for a big score.

Jayant Yadav, who accompanied Nair to Australia, has also performed really well in the series. The Haryana all-rounder has scored 221 runs including a century and a fifty and has also claimed nine scalps.

Speaking to the ANI, the BCCI president said:“I congratulate Team India for this extraordinary performance. Young Karun Nair in his third innings, at the age of 25, has scored a triple century which is a big-big achievement. Heartiest congratulations to him.”

“It is the hard work which has been put by the cricketers. But much credit goes to Rahul Dravid, who has been bestowed the responsibility of nurturing them at under 19 level and India A sides, which gives them a platform to do well at that level and when they come to play at the senior level, they try and give their best. So, I think they are groomed well under Rahul Dravid,” he concluded.

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ICC Chairman Contradicts Anurag Thakur’s Claims, Says BCCI President Wanted Letter Against Government Interference

Under-pressure Anurag Thakur might land in further trouble after the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar revealed the BCCI president had written to the apex body stating Lodha Committee’s recommendation of having a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General in the working committee will be equivalent to governmental interference.

Thakur, who is now facing perjury charges for lying under the oath, in an affidavit had denied writing the letter to the ICC. However, Manohar, in an email to the Supreme court-appointed Lodha Panel on November 2 revealed the BCCI chief had written to him to issue a letter which he denied to comply.

The former BCCI chief said Thakur had made the request on August 6, at an ICC meeting.

Manohar said:“During the meeting Mr. Thakur pointed out to me that when I was the President of BCCI, a submission was advanced before the Supreme Court at my behest that the appointment of a nominee of the CAG on the Apex Council might amount to Governmental interference and would invoke an action of suspension from the ICC.”

 He therefore, requested me to issue a letter to that effect in my capacity as ICC Chairman.

“I declined to issue such a letter and explained to him that the said submission was advanced before the Hon Supreme Court when the court was hearing the matter. However, on 18-7-2016 the Hon SC delivered its judgement in the matter and rejected the submission that the appointment of a nominee of the CAG would amount to governmental interference.

The meeting was also attended by ICC directors Giles Clarke, David Peever and Imran Khawaja, as well as ICC CEO David Richardson and COO Iain Higgins.

I therefore, explained to Mr Thakur that the issue having been decided by the Hon Supreme Court of India, which is the highest court of the country and whose judgement binds everybody, I cannot give him any such letter. All this transpired in the presence of the Directors I have named earlier and the CEO and COO of ICC,” Manohar further wrote.

The incidents started transpiring when David Richardson, last month, revealed Thakur had asked the ICC to address a letter to the BCCI that would support them in their stance of not implementing the Lodha Committee recommendation since the world governing body does not allow the government to interfere in the running of its Full Member boards. It reportedly miffed the Supreme Court as they wanted to know why would Thakur seek a letter from the ICC when the apex court had already approved the panel’s recommendations.

In his defence, Thakur said he only wanted to know about Manohar’s stance when he was the chief of the cricket board. Thakur, in his affidavit, had said: “I pointed out to the Chairman of the ICC, Mr Shashank Manohar that, when he was President of BCCI, he had taken a view that the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee appointing the nominee of the CAG on the Apex Council would amount to governmental interference, and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC.I therefore requested him that, being the ICC Chairman, can a letter be issued clarifying the position which he had taken as BCCI President.”

However, Lodha Committee secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan said Manohar and Thakur contradicted each other in their letter and affidavit respectively.

Sankaranarayanan said:“In [Anurag] Thakur’s version of events it is a clarification he had sought. In Manohar’s version of events, he said, ‘As ICC chairman I was asked to give a letter, not a clarification, saying that this amounts to interference.'”

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