NEW DELHI: In a major setback to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex court has dismissed the world’s richest cricket body’s plea to review its earlier judgment dated July 18. The BCCI pleaded that a majority of the reforms proposed by Justice Lodha committee were against the interests of the current office bearers and that it cannot implement them in principle, with the state associations opposing the move.
Following the IPL betting scandal and on the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee, the Supreme Court has passed an order on July 18 making it mandatory for the BCCI to implement the committee recommendations within six months.
The BCCI was directed to hold a general meeting to discuss the same and file an affidavit in the Supreme Court declaring its compliance with the recommendations of Justice Lodha Committee. However, there has not been a significant positive approach from the BCCI in accepting the reforms.
The important ones of the Justice Lodha Panel’s recommendations are those which limited the existence of BCCI officials in the Board’s governing body to not more than three terms, including a cooling off period between two terms. The directive goes against the common practice inside the BCCI, which had members sitting in governing council for more than a decade. Another significant objection is on the implementation of One state One association rule, which goes against the interests of States with more than one cricket association. Moreover, the committee has also recommended on an age limit of 70 years for all the office bearers of the BCCI while barring political leaders from entering the BCCI.
A bench of Judges T S Thakur and S A Bobde have reportedly dismissed the BCCI’s review petition on November 10, but an order pertaining to it has reached the BCCI only on Tuesday. With all the doors literally closed, the BCCI has been left with no other option than accepting the Justice Lodha committee recommendations.