BCCI vs Lodha : Rattled BCCI seeks more time to bring state boards on board
On the D – Day that could have changed the face of Indian cricket , the embattled Board Of Control For Cricket In India has asked the Supreme Court of India for more time to persuade state associations to comply with the apex court’s judgement on Lodha Commission’s recommendations. Giving reprieve to the BCCI , the Supreme Court has reserved its order on the matter for now but is mulling on cutting down BCCI’s powers to award financial contracts/tenders.
Earlier , BCCI President Anurag Thakur filed a separate affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that he had not asked ICC CEO Shashank Manohar to state that the appointment of Justice R M Lodha committee would “tantamount to government interference” in the functioning of BCCI.
“I am filing this affidavit pursuant to the order dated October 7, passed by this court on whether I had asked the CEO of the ICC to state that the appointment of Justice Lodha Committee was tantamount to government interference in the working of the BCCI.
Thakur said he had taken part in a recent ICC meeting where he had pointed out to the ICC chief that he, as the then BCCI President, had taken a view that Justice Lodha panel recommendation on appointment of a CAG nominee in the apex council would amount to governmental interference and may invoke action of suspension of the Board from the ICC.
The apex court had in its last ruling on the matter had directed the BCCI chief to file an affidavit and clarify whether he had asked the International Cricket Council to write that Lodha Panel’s recommendations amounted to government interference. This was claimed by ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson last month when he said: “The BCCI President Thakur did verbally ask the ICC to write a letter to the BCCI asking whether the recommendations of Lodha Committee might constitute govt interference.” But Thakur has apparently denied asking ICC CEO David Richardson to write letter saying that Lodha panel reforms amounts to interference.
The board recently had reached the decision after a meeting of the representatives of its full members, and made it clear that ‘One State One Vote, One person One post, age cap, cooling off period’ remain disputable issues. The only BCCI units to have accepted the Lodha Committee recommendations in totality are Tripura, Vidarbha and Rajasthan.
The SC had passed an interim order stopping all payments from the BCCI to the state associations until the reforms are implemented. But the board has once again pointed out that there are certain clauses that are practically not implementable.
A three-judge bench of the SC on October 7 had adjourned the hearing on BCCI’s non-compliance with Lodha panel’s recommendations until October 17 after the board was given a one-day ultimatum to give an undertaking that it would implement “unconditionally” the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.