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Justice Lodha panel submits report to SC for reforms in BCCI

Justice Lodha panel submits report to SC for reforms in BCCI

The Justice RM Lodha Committee on Monday submitted its report suggesting reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the Supreme Court.

The committee, which was last year appointed by the apex court to make recommendations to the BCCI in order to prevent frauds and conflict of interest in cricket administration, will hold a press conference expected at around 12 noon on Monday.

With the much-awaited report set to be made public, cricket administration in India is expected to undergo a sea change.

Among the recommendations that might find place in the report can be the abolition of the zonal rotation policy to elect BCCI administrators. There can also be a mention of age and tenure limit for board and state association office-bearers. The report can also recommend that the sports administrators be restricted to have just two terms in their offices.

If the Lodha Committee, including two other retired judges – Ashok Bhan and Raju Varadarajulu Raveendran, decides to redraft the board’s Constitution and insists on the state units to follow suit, it is going to be a massive overhaul.

In one of the most important aspects of it, chargesheeted administrators could face possibility of being barred from contesting election.

While there can be scrutiny of revenue and income distribution by the board to state associations, all contracts and appointments might also be screened. There is also a possibility that independent directors may run the board and the IPL may be segregated from the board and run independently.

If the recommendations find their way, the BCCI, which has always denied to come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, may not only come under it but also be brought under Sports Fraud Bill and Sports Code of India.

The role of former IPL COO Sundar Raman in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal too comes into focus, with the Lodha Committee expected to advise suitable punishment for the former administrator. As per the Mudgal report, Raman is facing a couple of serious charges and the panel may decide his fate today.

There is a also possibility to revamp certain state associations as some of them are having more than one units.

While the final say might rest with the Supreme Court, the Lodha report is definitely expected to open the can of worms in Indian cricket and only time will tell how the BCCI manages to set itself free from one of the biggest testing times it has faced in recent history.

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