SC approves Lodha recommendations BCCI might have to change senior functionaries

New Delhi: Cornered by the Supreme Court’s acceptance of the Lodha Committee recommendations on sweeping reforms, the BCCI is set for a revamp as some of its senior functionaries are staring at the prospect of losing their positions in either the parent or state bodies.

The Supreme Court accepted the recommendations, including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming BCCI members but left it to Parliament to decide whether the Board should come under RTI and betting on the game be legalised. The Board has been given six months’ time to implement the recommendations.

The apex court also accepted the recommendations of the Committee headed by retired Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha to have a CAG nominee in BCCI. A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice F M I Kalifulla rejected BCCI’s objection against recommendations for one-state-one-vote and said that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat having more than one cricket associations will have voting rights on rotational basis.

“We respect SC’s decision. We will discuss the contents of report,” senior BCCI functionary and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said. “We respect the Supreme Court’s decision. We are studying it,” added the Board’s recently-appointed CEO Rahul Johri, whose appointment was itself a result of Lodha committee recommendations.

The court also accepted the panel’s suggestion that there should be a player’s association in the BCCI. The apex court also ruled that one person should hold just one post in cricket administration to avoid any conflict of interest and scrapping of all other administrative committees in the BCCI after CAG nominee comes in.

The verdict means that BCCI President Anurag Thakur (Himachal Pradesh), Secretary Ajay Shirke (Maharashtra), Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary (Haryana) and Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary (Jharkhand) will have to forego their positions in their respective state associations to avoid “Conflict of Interest”.

The ruling on age cap of 70 years on BCCI office-bearers, on the other hand, effectively means the end of the road for veteran administrators like Sharad Pawar, N Srinivasan, and Niranjan Shah to name a few. While former BCCI president Pawar is 75 years old, Tamil Nadu strongman Srinivasan is currently 71 years old. Both are presidents of their respective state associations — Mumbai CA and TNCA respectively.

Saurashtra Cricket Association supremo Shah, who has served BCCI for over three decades in various capacities such as secretary, joint secretary, treasurer and vice President, is 72 years old.