Lodha Committee Submits Report on BCCI Reforms

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New Delhi: Justice RM Lodha Committee on Monday submitted its report suggesting reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the Supreme Court.

Here are several key developments:

  • The key recommendation of the Lodha Panel was One Association of each state will be a full member and will have the right to vote. It also recommended the relegation of Railways, Services and Universities as Associate members.
  • The Lodha panel recommended separate governing bodies for the IPL and BCCI. It also proposed limited autonomy for IPL Governing Council.
    The panel suggested eligibility criterias for BCCI office bearrs. They stated that they must not be a minister or government servant and they must have not held office in BCCI for a period of nine years or three terms.
  • The Lodha committee also stated that No BCCI office-bearer can have more than two consecutive terms.
  • The most important development was Sundar Raman getting a clean chit from the panel.
  • The panel also recommended legalisation of betting with an inbuilt mechanism.
  • The report also proposesdthe constitution and establishment of a players association.
  • The committee recommends a steering committee headed by former Home Secretary G K Pillai with Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Eduljee and Anil Kumble as members.
  • The panel stated that an Ethics Officer will decide on conflict of interest.
  • The panel suggested that the BCCI should come under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) act.
  • According to the panel, cricketing matters of the BCCI should be handled by former players while non-cricketing matters to be handled by CEO along with six assistant mamagers and two committees.

BCCI is a national body. It represents length and breadth of the country and discharges public functions. Current BCCI president Shashank Manohar has already started implementing a few proposals. Also interviewed six Indian captains, including Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev
Punishment and reforms were the main tasks for the Lodha committee. The committee, which was last year appointed by the apex court to make recommendations to the BCCI in order to prevent frauds and conflict of interest in cricket administration, will hold a press conference expected at around 12 noon on Monday.

With the much-awaited report set to be made public, cricket administration in India is expected to undergo a sea change. Among the recommendations that might find place in the report can be the abolition of the zonal rotation policy to elect BCCI administrators. There can also be a mention of age and tenure limit for board and state association office-bearers. The report can also recommend that the sports administrators be restricted to have just two terms in their offices.

If the Lodha Committee, including two other retired judges – Ashok Bhan and Raju Varadarajulu Raveendran, decides to redraft the board’s Constitution and insists on the state units to follow suit, it is going to be a massive overhaul.

In one of the most important aspects of it, chargesheeted administrators could face possibility of being barred from contesting election. While there can be scrutiny of revenue and income distribution by the board to state associations, all contracts and appointments might also be screened. There is also a possibility that independent directors may run the board and the IPL may be segregated from the board and run independently.

If the recommendations find their way, the BCCI, which has always denied to come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, may not only come under it but also be brought under Sports Fraud Bill and Sports Code of India.

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