The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday decided to oppose some of the reforms suggested by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha committee, reported PTI. The key issues over which the Lodha committee and the BCCI are at loggerheads are the one vote per state, one person-one post, age cap for office-bearers, and the cooling-off period. The Board has said such recommendations cannot be implemented because of their impracticality.
A Board official told PTI, "We maintain that there are certain clauses that are practically not implementable.” The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case again on Monday. During its last hearing on October 6, the apex court had told the BCCI to either implement the Lodha recommendations or face consequences. If the board continues to oppose the reforms, it may result in its top brass being removed, reported Deccan Chronicle. The only BCCI units to have accepted the Lodha committee recommendations in toto are Tripura, Vidarbha and Rajasthan.
The Supreme Court had asked BCCI President Anurag Thakur to file an affidavit and clarify whether he had asked the International Cricket Council to write that Lodha recommendations amounted to government interference. Thakur's affidavit will be submitted on Monday.
This was the second such meeting after the board and state associations were ordered to respond to the various recommendations made by the committee by October 12. During the previous meeting on October 1, the BCCI chose only a few recommendations to follow, which earned it the wrath of the apex Court. Subsequently, the the board was prohibited from transferring funds to state associations that didn't implement the committee's recommendations.