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    Lodha Panel Recommends GK Pillai as New Observer for BCCI

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    New Delhi: The grip of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the management of India’s favourite sport is set to loosen with the Supreme Court-appointed RM Lodha committee recommending that former home secretary GK Pillai oversee the running of the board.

    The panel, in its report to the SC on November 18, has also recommended that all office bearers of the BCCI and state cricket boards who don’t fulfil the necessary conditions laid down by the apex court be disqualified.

    Pillai, who was the home secretary during the previous UPA regime, will supervise the administration of the BCCI by the CEO, according to the panel recommendation.

    The Lodha panel has been at loggerheads with the BCCI management led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur. The latest report makes a mention of “continued non-compliance by the office bearers of the BCCI.”
    Recently, the SC had dismissed review petition on its July 18th judgment validating the reforms suggested by the Lodha commission.

    The SC in its judgment had asked the BCCI to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee, which had asked for sweeping changes in the way the board was running cricket at the centre as well as state levels.

    The country's top court had given BCCI between four and six months to implement the recommendations and appointed former chief justice of India RM Lodha to oversee the transition.