As per the sources, Lodha committee is all prepared to bring out two amendments in the BCCI governing laws in a bid to increase accountability and corruption-free functioning inside the BCCI. Out of the proposed two new amendments, the first amendment mandates only one association for one state while, the second amendment aims at stopping the BCCI officials from holding any posts in their state associations.
The amendments proposal from the committee comes in the wake of a betting scandal which surfaced during the sixth edition of the IPL. “The committee’s efforts to bring in new amendments can be understood as a measure to reduce conflict of interest and corruption in Indian Cricket”, a sports analyst said.
If the new amendment ‘one state one association’ comes into force, the hardest hit will be the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra which have more than two associations. Mumbai Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association are the three BCCI-affiliated associations only from the State of Maharashtra. On the other hand, Gujarat too had another three associations in the form of Saurashtra Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association and Gujarat Cricket Association.
Andhra Pradesh had been another state which had two associations viz., Hyderabad Cricket Association and the Andhra Cricket Association. However, with the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Cricket Association can be considered as a part of Telangana.
“If the committee proposes the amendments as a binding rule, we will definitely not accept it. We will go legally over it as it does not sound feasible”, an official in BCCI said.
However, sports analysts feel that the new measures may help in eradicating corruption and conflict of interest at the root stage. If the proposed amendments are implemented, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL Chairperson Rajiv Shukla have to stay away from their respective state associations.