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Anurag Thakur takes a Dig at Lodha Reforms after Nagaland Women’s Poor Show

After Nagaland horrific performance in women’s u-19 game, former Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur raised that not all Lodha Reforms were appropriate.

Notably, Nagaland was bowled out for just two runs including a wide by Kerala in a BCCI’s u-19 Women’s One-Day Super League match, with as many as nine batswomen getting out for a duck.

Anurag Thakur takes a Dig at Lodha Reforms after Nagaland Women's Poor Show 1
The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee had recommended one state one vote for BCCI, which resulted in the most successful Ranji team Mumbai losing its voting right, while all the north-eastern states gained the voting power.

Anurag Thakur takes a Dig at Lodha Reforms after Nagaland Women's Poor Show 2

Anurag, who also lost his President post due to the reforms, took to Twitter to slam the Lodha Committee reforms in two tweets. In the first tweet, he provided the statistics of 136 wide ball which were bowled in a match between Nagaland and Manipur in Dhanbad earlier this year. In the second tweet he wrote, “Giving full voting rights to each state w/out structured development of cricketing standards will harm the game. Cricket in northeast needs nurturing not humiliation like this. #LodhaReforms @BCCI.”

Mumbai is now an associate member of BCCI. The Mumbai Cricket Association representatives can attend General Body meetings but are not eligible to vote.Baroda and Saurashtra – the two teams from its mother state Gujarat are also now associate members and will take turns to “rotate annually” to vote.

No Person Should Be Given Absolute Power: Justice RM Lodha

The ongoing rift rumours between Indian Team Players and Anil Kumble, the coach has taken the nation aback.

As speculated as a strong reason for the resignation of Ramachandran Guha, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, Justice (retired) RM Lodha expressed shock over the chain of events that is occurring lately.

Speaking to TOI on Guha’s resignation, Lodha said:

“Perhaps, the CoA isn’t working very smoothly internally. At least Guha’s letter suggests that. If the reforms were taken forward which included the Conflict of Interest clauses, all this would not have taken place. The CoA is empowered by the Supreme Court to implement the reforms and the mandate is to supervise.”

Guha wrote a letter clearing all the rumours and his thoughts. Lodha too spoke about senior cricketers involvement as mentioned in Guha’s letter.

“Virat (Kohli) is a good player. There is no doubt over it. But no person should be given absolute power. Whether it is a coach, CoA or a player, no one should be above the game and all the stakeholders should know it well,” he said.

Lodha backed Kumble and also expressed his interest on Kumble to continue being the head coach.

“Even the timing of announcing the process for a new coach is wrong. It has unfolded at the wrong juncture. All these things lead to a mess. Our captain and coach are professionals and I am certain they will not be involved in any incident that would harm the atmosphere of the team.”

“Given the kind of work he has done with the team over the last one year, Kumble is a very good coach. His achievements speak for themselves. He was given a one-year contract but deserves an extension,” said Lodha, but added: “Even if the selection process for the coach would have been initiated, nothing adverse should have been said about the coach.”

Soon the advisory committee comprising of Ganguly, Sachin and VVS Laxman will look upon the election of a new coach but according to Lodha, the current conditions are conducive of taking a decision with calm minds.

“The atmosphere is vitiated. The comfort level for the committee that is going to select the coach, doesn’t seem too conducive,” he said

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CoA Should Focus More On Governance : Justice Lodha

Justice RM Lodha indicated on Saturday (May 27) that the CoA should focus more on ensuring the implementation of the Supreme Court’s judgment rather than focusing too much on the management bit.

“The management and governance should not be mixed up. These are two different areas. And if you mix it up, you won’t be traversing the right path,” the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court told TOI.

“Professionals should handle the management of BCCI while governance aspect should be left to the CoA,”

he said while indicating that there isn’t a reason why the CoA should delay the implementation.

“I don’t know much about what is happening behind the scene, but the Supreme Court directed reforms can’t be altered as per my understanding. There is no question of negotiating and those reforms have to be implemented,” he said.

However, a source close to CoA ruled out any delaying tactics and said the CoA was not shirking responsibility.

“The matter is in the Supreme Court and the moment the apex court gives us more clarity on the FAQs, the CoA will swing into action,” he said while adding that managing the board members to agree on the Lodha reforms isn’t an easy job.
Meanwhile, Lodha suggested that e-auction was the best way to ensure that no foul play takes place when bids for IPL media rights take place. 
“In my opinion e-auction is the most transparent way to conduct high-value contract bids. The e-auction is a must when you are talking about a thousand crore contract,” Lodha added.
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Consulted Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly Before Suggesting Reforms: Justice RM Lodha

Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha (RM Lodha), former Chief Justice of India and head of the Lodha Panel, has said the Lodha recommendations, suggested by his committee, were designed only after consulting former office bearers and veteran cricketers.

“We spoke to everyone, discussed (the reforms) with all the office-bearers, from Jagmohan Dalmiya (the then BCCI president), Anurag Thakur (the then board secretary), all the board vice-presidents, Anirudh Chaudhary (treasurer) and Amitabh Chaudhary (secretary). We spoke to former India captains like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi.”

The Supreme court of India, led by new CJI Jagdish Singh Khehar, will appoint the new BCCI’s administrators on January 19 and Justice Lodha showed positive signs that the implementations of his panel will soon be implemented and the work will move fast once the Supreme Court announce a verdict over this. 
“Just wait until the 19th. As soon as the administrators are appointed by the SC, and they take over, things will move fast. Better late than never. There’s been a delay of six months, but I think that’ll be repaired now.
“The idea is to do your best and then leave it for the others to come. The point is that the big pool of talent that we have… you can’t stick to a job for decades. Give an opportunity to others to come out with new ideas. It’s always an infusion of new blood that brings new thinking,” he added.
The Supreme Court of India led by former CJI T.S. Thakur sacked Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from the post of BCCI President and secretary respectively as the apex board failed to implement the Lodha recommendations in full. As a result of it, many veteran administrators also resigned from their posts after an order by the Supreme Court on January 2.
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IPL 2017 Is In ReaL Trouble: BCCI

The tussle between Lodha panel and BCCI has already gone from bad to worse and now after few warnings and scares, its impact is finally on the field as BCCI has said that IPL 2017 is in real danger. This is not just a warning, as usual, the arrangments for an IPL season begins at least 6-7 months ahead of the league but nothing has been done till now, thus putting IPL 2017 in real jeopardy, “The International Management Group (IMG) begins work on IPL every year at the beginning of October. They’re not on board yet. The opening ceremony is usually planned five to six months in advance.There’s no word on it. It’s absolute chaos,” a senior BCCI functionary told TOI on Monday.

All the tussle between Lodha Panel and BCCI began when the supreme court asked the Lodha Committee to take over BCCI accounts and made them accountable to provide a certain amount of funds to organise the games. Baffled by the decision of the apex court, BCCI created a sensation by announcing that the third Test between India and New Zealand, which was played in Indore might be cancelled, they further scared by creating a news of ODI series being cancelled and finally ended by creating another sensation by announcing that they do not have enough funds to host England.

This is not all as there is, as there is one more barrier which blocks BCCI’s way to organise IPL as there is a clear mention in Lodha recommendations that there should be a space of 15 days before international players take part in two different series or leagues. With Test series against Australia ending on March 29, players will have just one week of rest before IPL which starts on April 5 and will have a week rest before they leave the country to play Champions Trophy 2017 to be played in England.

Surely, the BCCI will find one or the other way to organise IPL but this 15-day period clause will be something that remains inexplicable. We can expect a clear decision or clear ruling over this on December 9 when Supreme Court hears both the parties.

The IPL auction for the upcoming season will be held on February 4 in Bangalore.

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BCCI vs Lodha: Top brass of the board survives as SC asks for undertaking on the dates for implementation of reforms

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials can heave a huge sigh of relief as the Supreme Court has decided to not remove the top brass of the cricket board as demanded by the Lodha Panel earlier this month.

Ever since the Panel was formed, the cricket board has expressed its reservation to implements its recommendations completely.The panel was formed by the Supreme Court last year after the Justice Mudgal committee recommended reforms in BCCI. The committee was given the responsibility of looking into the affairs of the cricket board after 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting charges.

The Lodha Panel was unhappy with the board’s reluctance to implement the recommendation and the tension between the two parties has reached its zenith in the recent months. In fact, the panel was so furious with the board that it asked the Supreme Court of India to remove the top officials of the board including its president Anurag Thakur.

In a status report submitted to the apex court last month, Justice Lodha said:“While the Office Bearers of the BCCI gave assurances to the SC Committee on August 9, August 25 and September 20, 2016, that they would cooperate with the Committee towards fulfilling the directions of this Hon’ble Court (subject to any modification or review), the events over the past weeks have shown that this is not the case.”

“Directions of this Hon’ble Court have been ignored, actions have been taken to present a fait accompli to the Committee, the directives of the Committee have been breached, and member associations have not been duly intimated about the directions of the Committee and the timelines fixed by it.

“With as many as seven of the timelines to be complied with by September 30, 2016, it is now clear that the BCCI is in no position to ensure that the timelines mandated to be laid down by this Hon’ble Court are complied with. The conduct of the office bearers of the BCCI in not following the direction of the SC Committee has created serious impediments in the implementation of the directions of this Hon’ble Court,” he added.

And then asked for the removal of the top brass of the board.

“In view of all the above, the Committee seeks the following directions from this Hon’ble Court: Supersede the present Office Bearers of the BCCI with immediate effect; and appoint in their place a Panel of Administrators of the BCCI to ensure the smooth transition from the old to the new system recommended by the Committee,” Lodha said in the report.

The first hearing on the case, that happened on 7th of this month, was postponed to October 17 due to a ten-day recess for the Dussehra holidays and it was widely expected that the apex court will put an end to the saga by announcing its decision on the panel’s request to replace the current BCCI top brass.

But fortunately, for the board officials, the apex court has given them some more breathing space but at the same time,  Chief Justice of India TS Thakur requested for an undertaking on the dates by when the BCCI will implement the recommendations.

The Supreme court took the decision after the BCCI, through its lawyer Kapil Sibal, sought more time to implement the reforms.

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Justice Lodha hails SC verdict on BCCI reforms

Former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, who headed the panel for bringing reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) administration, on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict of accepting the committee’s recommendations.

Lodha hoped the sport and players will get more affection from the audience once the suggestions come into effect.

“Cricket is like a religion in the country. At the same time, it unites people. In view of this, transparency is required in every aspect, but due to match fixing, huge money, the dignity of this game is in a degraded state,” Lodha was quoted as saying by Etv news.

“To bring the game on its right track, we suggested a few points in the direction of the Supreme Court. The apex court has granted this. I hope that the sport and the players will get more affection from the audience once the suggestions come into effect,” he added.

In a landmark judgment on July 18, the apex court gave BCCI six months time to implement the recommendations.

The two-judge bench, comprising of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah accepted the recommendation of ‘one state, one vote’, besides the induction of representatives of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the board.

The apex court, however, left into Parliament to decide whether the board should come under the ambit of RTI or not. The panel will oversee the transition from the old to the new regime within the next six months.