The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been given six months by the Supreme Court to implement the changes in its regime recommended by Justice RM Lodha-led committee.
This leaves the cricket board with no other choice but to accept the judgement and start thinking about how to make the necessary changes. The Lodha panel, in its bid to clean up the mess in Indian cricket, had made some tough suggestions which is bound to deliver a big blow on the world’s richest cricket board.
Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling on Monday, Justice Lodha said: “great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport, think cricket fans should rejoice the verdict of SC.” While in response to the ruling, BCCI said, “We will show greatest respect in implementing the judgement.”
These are the 10 changes to be implemented :
- The Lodha panel recommended a ‘one state, one vote’ formula – only cricketing bodies representing a state would have full membership and voting rights in the BCCI.
- The panel also suggested term limits and eligibility criteria for office-bearers of BCCI. Government servants and ministers will be barred from being part of BCCI or those above 70 years of age.
- The BCCI president’s tenure should be restricted to just two years.
- States like Maharashtra and Gujarat, who have multiple affiliated units with voting rights, now will cast their franchise on a rotational basis. The BCCI had vehemently opposed this during the hearings.
- The Lodha panel also wanted betting to be legalised in India and that the BCCI should come under the RTI Act, the decision on which will be taken in the Parliament.
- The panel recommended that a member of CAG shall be part of the BCCI governing council. The judges were unhappy with distribution of funds in the BCCI.
- The Lodha committee recommended the establishment of players’ associations, which would offer membership to all Indian international and most first-class cricketers who had retired not less than five years ago.
- The BCCI will have to create three new positions – an ombudsman, an ethics officer and an electoral officer. The ombudsman’s position has already been filled, with the BCCI appointing AP Shah to the key role in November last year. Shah looks into complaints involving conflicts of interest.
- No office-bearer in the BCCI should be allowed to have more than two consecutive terms. Also there will be only five elected office-bearers – president, secretary, one vice-president instead of the current five, treasurer and joint-secretary – and they would serve a maximum of three terms of three years each across positions.
- BCCI’s highest decision-making body, the Working Committee, will be replaced with a nine-member Apex Council, which will include representatives from the players’ community – including one woman.