No Ministers & Members Above 70: SC Tells BCCI


New Delhi: After several hearings, the Supreme Court on June 30 had decided to give an order to the BCCI on the implementation of the Lodha panel report aimed at restructuring the cricket Board.

Monday could be a landmark day in the history of cricket and how it will be run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in future. The two-judge bench, comprising of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah, will deliver its order on the recommendations made in the Lodha panel report. These are aimed at reforming the administration of the BCCI and its affiliated units. Get live updates of the judgement here.

States like Maharashtra and Gujarat, who have multiple affiliated units with voting rights, now will cast their franchise on a rotational basis. The BCCI had vehemently opposed this during the hearings.

The Supreme Court has also left it to the Parliament to decide whether betting can be legalised in the country. The Lodha panel was for it. The Supreme Court, which felt that BCCI discharges a public service and has complete monopoly over cricket in India, has left it on the Parliament to decide whether BCCI should come under RTI.

Supreme Court has accepted the Lodha panel’s recommendation that a member of CAG will be part of the BCCI governing council. The judges were unhappy with distribution of funds in the BCCI.Lodha panel to oversee the transition of the ‘old’ BCCI to ‘new’ BCCI. BCCI told court: “We will show greatest respect in implementing the judgment”.

Chief Justice said, “We hope this verdict will bring in some reforms and BCCI must accept change” Court gives BCCI six months to implement changes as per Lodha recommendations. Court tells no minister in BCCI and age cap of 70 has to be implemented.

Court tells BCCI to adopt one-state-one-vote policy. Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma is in Supreme Court. He was the man who started the IPL corruption case against ex-BCCI president N. Srinivasan. Verma is seeking inclusion of Bihar in the BCCI fold. He is also against current president Anurag Thakur. Bihar has three bodies and has lost its prominence in Indian cricket due to internal strife.