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BCCI Seeks Time to Get State Boards to Comply to Lodha Reforms, SC Reserves Order

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 17, 2016, 5:46 PM IST
BCCI Seeks Time to Get State Boards to Comply to Lodha Reforms, SC Reserves Order

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The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) on Monday 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.

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.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Monday filed a separate affidavit in the SC stating that he had not asked the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to state that the appointment of Justice RM Lodha committee would "tantamount to government interference" in the functioning of the 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 the state units are currently confused about some of the suggestions and need more clarity before complying.

"You need 3/4th majority to adopt these recommendations. We have done our duty to go back to the state associations and they have to take a call on that. If you don't have 3/4th majority, you cannot adopt these recommendations," Thakur told mediapersons after the court proceedings.

"Right now, there is more confusion in the state associations on how to implement the recommendations, I think we need more clarity," he added.

If the recommendations are accepted in their current form, a lot of officials will have to make their way out from one of the richest sports bodies in the country.

Thakur also added 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 recommendations on the appointment of a CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) nominee in the apex council would amount to government interference and may invoke action of suspension of then board from the ICC.

The board on Saturday 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.

The Special General Meeting (SGM) in Delhi was organised to discuss the matter a reaction to this, and was attended by all of its full members.

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First Published: October 17, 2016, 4:18 PM IST

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