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BCCI Clean-up: Lodha committee suggests RTI, legalising betting, formation of players' association

The panel recommended that one state should have only one association and also suggested that ministers or government servants can't be the office-bearers of the BCCI.

Cricketnext Staff |January 4, 2016, 8:39 PM IST
BCCI Clean-up: Lodha committee suggests RTI, legalising betting, formation of players' association

A monumental Monday dawned upon Indian cricket's boardroom as the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee suggested a paradigm shift in the game's administration in India, the most significant of those recommendations being bringing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, legalising betting, criminalising match and spot fixing, forming a players' association and de-linking the Indian Premier League (IPL) from the BCCI.

The sweeping changes came on the expected lines but will be received as a jolt by many in the BCCI corridors that has often reverberated with strong opposition against the RTI and a recognised players' association.

"The first thing committee did on reforms was preparation of questionnaire that comprised 8 different heads and 135 questions on diverse aspects concerning administration. They were circulated to office bearers and other stake holders, journalists, writers, lawyers, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High courts, past national players, coaches and various state association heads," Justice Lodha said in his media address after submitting his report to the SC.

Also among one of the major developments was former IPL COO Sundar Raman getting a clean chit from the committee with no sufficient proof against him in the IPL spot-fixing case. He was accused of inaction despite being in the know about betting activities in the IPL.

"The first thing is structure and constitution. Presently BCCI has 34 members, some of these members do not have any territories, like the Services. Some of these states have multiple members like Maharashtra has three, Gujarat has three, earlier Andhra Pradesh had two (but now separate after the formation of Telangana). [After] The interactions we had....it was broadly represented to us that one state as a unit to represent BCCI is a fair idea. We examined other sports laws also and their Constitution," Justice Lodha said at the top of his address.

"In our recommendations we have gone by the concept that one association of each state will be a full [BCCI] member and have a right to vote," he added.

Clarifying himself on other big recommendation about the formation of a players' association, Justice Lodha made it clear that it will not be a players' union.

"We have proposed constitution of players' association. That association will include all internationals and most of the players who have played first-class cricket, both men and women, and who have retired from competitive cricket. This association will be constituted and run with the financial support of the BCCI; however, they will not act as a union. The idea is to give players voice, use their expertise and skill for the development and betterment of the game," he said.

He then explained how the BCCI and IPL will be de-linked and run by two different bodies, though the IPL Governing Council will remain answerable to the BCCI.

"On the professional management, that will conduct day to day management, the Apex Council (that will comprise the CEO, cricket committees and umpire committee) will be answerable to the [BCCI] General Body [and] all its decision will be laid before the General Body. The other half, as I told you as regards to IPL, the chief governing body will be known as Governing Council, which again will comprise of nine members.

"The [BCCI] Secretary and the treasurer would be ex-officio and by their holding the position as secretary and treasurer will be members of the Governing Council. Two other members of the Governing Council will be nominated-elected by the full [BCCI] members. Of the remaining five, two will be the nominees of franchises, one will be the representative of the players' association and one will be nominee from the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) office.

"Day-to-day management of the BCCI will be conducted by the CEO. He will be assisted by six professional managers; and the team of CEO and six other managers, through CEO, will be accountable to the Apex Council. The Governing Council of the IPL will be entitled to take all decisions concerning IPL, which obviously includes the decisions related to financial matters; however, the Governing Council will be answerable directly to the General Body of the BCCI. So a limited autonomy is proposed for the IPL Governing Council," he explained.

Justice Lodha also stressed upon the involvement of cricketers for the game's development and growth.

"On management of the BCCI, I would like to share the proposal made by the committee. Cricketing matters will be handled by cricketers alone. Cricketing matters comprise of selection, coaching, team performance, evaluation, etc. Non-cricketing matters will be handled by the CEO, assisted by his managers and guided by two committees - the senior tournament committee and Tours and Fixtures committee. Both committees will comprise five members each," he said.

Towards the end of his address, Justice Lodha made one of the most significant suggestions.

"We have suggested to the legislature for legalising betting with in-built mechanism and ensuring that players, match officials, team officials...will not be entitled to indulge in betting."

Here are some of the key points from the Lodha Committee's report:

* Bringing the BCCI under the RTI Act

* Suggestion to the legislature for legalising betting with in-built mechanism

* Proposal to constitute players' association, which will be formed by a steering committee involving Anil Kumble, Mohinder Amaranth and Diana Edulji

* De-linking the BCCI and IPL. Separate governing bodies for both.

* The chief governing body of IPL will be known as the Governing Council, comprising of 9 members, including representatives of franchises (2), players' association (1) and Comptroller and Auditor General's office (1). Limited autonomy for the IPL Governing Council which will remain answerable to the BCCI General Body.

* Clean chit to former IPL COO Sundar Raman with no sufficient evidence against him in the spot-fixing scandal.

* Ministers or government servants can’t be office-bearers of the BCCI, can't hold more than two terms in office and must not be over 70 years of age.

* Members of the selection committee can only be those who have played Test cricket

* Cricketing matters to be handled by cricketers only, including selection of teams and coaching.

* One state to have only one association that will be a full member of the BCCI and have a right to vote.

* Proposal to appoint an Ethics Officer to handle conflict of interest issues and an Electoral Officer, which will be a former Election Commissioner, to hold BCCI elections.

* Three other authorities for BCCI: Ombudsman, Ethics Officer, Electoral Officer

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