SC : BCCI to follow the Lodha Committee reforms. In a recent event, Supreme Court of India issued a government notice to Board of Cricket Council of India to implement all the norms sets by Lodha Committee as soon as possible. Moreover, BCCI is given four to six months time to completely implement all the recommended changes set by the committee keeping in mind the various aspects of Indian Cricket both at state and central level. RM Lodha, the former Chief Justice of India made an appeal to Supreme Court of India last January in order to make cricket as a better place for all the players. In the response to the appeal made by Lodha Committee, SC’s division bench comprises of Chief Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla and TS Thakur issued such notice to BCCI.
SC : BCCI to follow the Lodha Committee reforms
The recommendation was made to the Supreme Court in order to change the complete power structure of Cricket Council. It has been observed that most of the councilpersons make unnecessary use of their powers so as to manipulate the whole concept of the game. Keeping this in mind, The Supreme Court accepted a major portion of the recommendation and issued notice to BCCI to follow the same.
Important Highlights of Lodha Committee recommendation
Those norms, which are recommended
- The official age to hold the BCCI or State’s cricket board shall not exceed 70 years
- No person can hold same office for successively
- No politicians or government official in Central or State Cricket board
- Only one vote will be counted on behalf of each state at BCCI’s elections
- A person cannot hole state as well as BCCI’s office simultaneously
Norms rejected by SC
- TV commercials to be minimized during live matches
- BCCI should come under Right to Information Act(RTI)
- Betting in games to be legalized
Although most of the recommendation made by Lodha Committee was accepted by the court, yet few were not at all imposed. While on hearing date they jotted down some points which cannot be implemented like “BCCI should come under RTI Act”. In response to this, division bench stated that it is completely up to both the houses of the Parliament to make such decisions. The SC cannot make such amendments.
“In the result, we accept the report submitted by the [Lodha] Committee and the recommendations made therein with such modifications and clarifications as have been set out by us in the body of this judgment,” the bench said in its order.
Apart from this, the bench also mentioned that those new changes would be monitored by the Supreme Court which are recommended to the BCCI as well as State Council. It is believed that these recommendations will surely bring a drastic change in the Council. It will also have impact on the cricket fans in India, as they will now be able to see a much better game with least politics in it.
In response to the notice issued by the SC on Lodha Committee recommendation, BCCI’s council member KK Venugopal state that, BCCI respects the decision made by the Supreme Court of India and they are looking forward to work according to it.