MUMBAI: In an email to the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that it cannot implement the reforms suggested by the committee as the majority of its members are not willing to accept the proposal. The board added that it was not able to bring its member associations to one conclusion even after stopping funds transfer to state associations.
“We have done all that we can and tried our best to bring all the member associations on a single line. So far, two general meetings of the BCCI have been held and the majority of the associations unanimously opposed the reforms. For the reforms to become legal, at least three-fourth of the state associations must accept the changes. However, this does not seem to interest the members even after completely blocking the funds transfer to states”, the email read.
“We have done our part. We are willing to try any other methods if suggested by the Lodha committee”, the email added.
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India making its stance clear through the email, the ball now falls back in the Judicial court and it will be interesting to see how the apex court handles the case after the state associations opposed the reforms unanimously.
The Supreme Court has on October 21, ordered the BCCI to block the allocation of funds to associations until they submitted an affidavit before the Lodha committee in compliance with the new reforms. Also, the apex court directed the BCCI President Mr. Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke to file a compliance affidavit as the BCCI representatives in three weeks while threatening of dissolution of the BCCI if the reformed are not accepted.
The court has also asked the Lodha committee to appoint an independent auditor, to look into the transactions and tenders called by the richest cricket board in the world.
Since the Supreme court’s directive, the BCCI has tried everything to put pressure on the Lodha committee in order to withdraw its reforms. Earlier, the BCCI president threatened that the New Zealand series can be called off due to Justice Lodha panel’s obligations on funds transfer to the associations, without which they cannot host matches. However, the Committee responded sharply by criticizing BCCI for fabricating its orders. In its statement, the SC-appointed panel said that it has not asked the BCCI to stop funds for hosting games and added that the BCCI only pays the associations after six months of hosting a match.
In another instance, the BCCI wrote to the England Cricket Board stating that it cannot bear the English team’s expenses during the England tour of India citing legal issues within the BCCI. England will tour India from November 9th for a five-match Test series.