In an unprecedented attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its ways of functioning, the Justice RM Lodha panel has submitted its much awaited report to the Supreme Court accusing the cricket body of defying the apex court orders and impeding reform implementation. This diktat could well mean the end of the BCCI if they are forced to toe the line.
In a scathing attack, a peeved Lodha panel in their report have asked the removal of BCCI top brass and appointment of administrator to implement reforms. The Lodha panel said though the six-month deadline set by the Supreme Court for implementation of reforms is fast approaching, the BCCI is not cooperating in drawing up a firm road map for this.
An SC bench headed by CJI TS Thakur tore into the BCCI for daring to defy implementation of SC-mandated reforms. Thakur said: “SC will not allow BCCI to defy court orders. We will pass appropriate orders to set you right.” The SC went on to say that the BCCI is bringing the system into disrepute and if it can dare to defy the SC, then the allegation of irregularity in Board could be true.
“You (BCCI) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line,” the SC told BCCI. The SC has given the Board time till October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel’s stinging report accusing board of stalling reforms at every step.
It may be recalled that the BCCI recently held the AGM against the wishes of the Lodha committee recommendations.
According to the report by the Lodha panel, the BCCI was stalling reforms at every stage and was flagrantly violating the directions issued by the apex court. It complained that the Board had ignored court orders and the panel’s recommendations on number of selectors, manner of conducting meetings and preparing a road-map for time-bound reforms. The panel sought action against BCCI’s top brass, including its president Anurag Thakur, for breaching court orders.