NEW DELHI: The Supreme court on Monday expressed its anguish over the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI’s) stance in implementing the recommendations made by Justice Lodha committee. The apex court commented that several youngsters, aiming to become Dhonis and Kohlis in their career are not provided with equal opportunities due to the unfair policies inside the BCCI.
“Every youngster who had a passion for cricket will definitely dream to become a Kohli or Dhoni. But the question is can we provide them with equal opportunities, if the BCCI itself is unconstitutional and unfaithful with reference to the nature of its formation”, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said.
The bench was referring to the BCCI’s resistance to several recommendations made by the Justice Lodha committee, appointed by SC in the aftermath of the IPL betting scandal. The committee in its report underlined several aspects regarding the improper functioning of the BCCI and expressed its concerns over the same. It also recommended certain reforms to bring accountability and equality within the board. “One of the recommendation were that every state must have only one membership” – which means each state will be entitled to have only one cricket association.
This is against the interests of a few states such as Rajasthan and Maharashtra, which have more than one cricket associations affiliated to BCCI. The richest cricket board in the World claims that it will harm the overall development of cricketers as the associations were carved based on the population of the states.
However, the Supreme court was in no position to heed to BCCI’s concerns. The bench said, “We do not understood what is the problem with BCCI to implement our recommendations, when the Cricket’s governing body itself is practicing the method proposed by our committee, why can’t the BCCI do the same?”, the Cheif Justice questioned BCCI pointing towards the ICC constitution which provides single membership for each country regardless of the population.
Replying to BCCI’s counter that it may or may not implement all the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Committee, as BCCI is not an organization under the government, the apex court said “We have the power to intervene in matters where a public power is discharged. Here, the BCCI is discharging powers pertaining to the selection of players and governing of the game with the nation’s name. If the BCCI is not sure over incorporating our recommendations, we will write a letter to the Centre on taking over BCCI as a affiliate to the Sports ministry”. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled to May 3rd.