BCCI on tenterhooks as Lodha Panel to submit Reforms report
New Delhi: Trying to rebuild its tattered image after a spate of controversies, the BCCI is waiting anxiously for the Justice Lodha Committee’s report which is set to recommend a host of reforms for the cricket body tomorrow.
While the three-member committee comprising Justice (Retd) RM Lodha, Justice (Retd) Ashok Bhan and Justice (Retd) RV Raveendran is set to submit their report to the Supreme Court, the BCCI will be keenly watching the proceedings as to whether the Apex Court makes the recommendations binding or not.
There are reports in some quarters that the panel may recommend that politicians should not be part of the Board which is run as a society registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.
The executive functionaries are all honorary office-bearers with most of the top state cricket associations being run by either a politician, or a bureaucrat or a heavyweight industrialist.
Barring former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and Dilip Vengsarkar, vice-president of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), none of the top cricketers are running the show in state units.
The second contentious issue that probably will be dealt with in the report is the ‘Conflict of Interest’.
The committee may also suggest making IPL a separate private limited company under section-8 which has to reinvest all its profits.
Among the major points on governance structure, it needs to be seen if the all-powerful working committee may be done away with suggestions about having a paid Board of Directors.
The most contentious issue would be the committee’s recommendations on politicians, who occupy top positions in the Board.