BCCI’s dilemma: IPL, Champions Trophy 2017 or Lodha Committee reforms

As per the Lodha Committee recommendations, board has to give the players a 15-day window before and after the IPL.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: October 4, 2016 10:18 am
BCCI, ICC, Lodha panel, Lodha Panel recommendations, Lodha Panel BCCI, Justice RM lodha, Supreme Court, IPL, Champions Trophy 2017, Anurag Thakur, Thakur, Cricket news, Cricket The IPL has had a specific window – from early April to late May – which comes on the heels of India’s four-Test home series against Australia in February-March next year

Falling in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations might prevent India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy, informed president Anurag Thakur in an informal interaction here on Monday.

The Champions Trophy will be played in England from June 1 to 18 next year and a reporter asked the BCCI president about the possibility of India facing Pakistan in the knockouts. Only recently had the Indian board made a request to the world body to place the two teams in separate groups because of the present cross-border political situation. Thakur put things in a different perspective.“I don’t know whether India will be able to play Champions Trophy or not. As per the Lodha Committee recommendations you have to give a 15-day window before and after the IPL. There’s Australia series before the IPL and Champions Trophy after it. So the BCCI has to take a call whether they will play the IPL or CT – you have to pick one of the two if the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented in toto,” Thakur said.

The IPL has had a specific window – from early April to late May – which comes on the heels of India’s four-Test home series against Australia in February-March next year. “Members can take a call at that time, whether the IPL or Champions Trophy. The question of India-Pakistan arises only if India play the Champions Trophy,” said Thakur, adding: “It’s going to be a problem every year. You have certain months to play in India. There’s a window made available for the IPL so you have to take a call whether the world’s fastest-growing league, which has showcased to the world how you can make domestic cricket more popular and gave birth to many other leagues like football, hockey, badminton, kabaddi and all that – whether that has to go.”

In its first set of timelines given to the BCCI, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee had set September 30 deadline for implementing a “15-day gap between National Calendar and IPL”. It didn’t mention the ICC events. Then again, future tours and bilateral series are planned as per the international windows available and respective boards pick the dates accordingly. The idea behind the 15-day gap is apparently to protect players from burnouts. But the BCCI maintains no player has ever complained.

Meanwhile, Thakur reiterated his stand on the DRS, saying the BCCI is open to it but wants the technology to be foolproof. “In the digital age of the 21st century, there’s nothing which is stopping us to use technology. We believe in that. We want to be close to perfection if the not perfect. We want to make it foolproof, that’s the idea. We have (Anil) Kumble who represents in the ICC cricket committee. And he is the coach and he can discuss with (skipper) Kohli and put the suggestions forward,” he said.

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  1. T
    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:00 am
    First throw all the current office bearers from all cricket ociations as most of them are neck deep corrupt and run cricket in India in a medieval style of hereditary manner. Thakur, Shukla, Shrini, Pawar, Shikre and you name one, all are too corrupt to even be ociated in any public offices.
    1. K
      Kunal Nanda
      Oct 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm
      To be fair to the BCCI, that 15 day rule is a pretty stupid rule. Its not that India has a lack of players. If any player wants a break he/she can, there are plenty waiting in the wings.
      1. P
        Oct 4, 2016 at 4:31 am
        Leaving aside its prime duties, judiciary is taking too much and keen interest in sports activities. It over-ruled and came in the front to decide as to which particular wrestler will go to olympics? Though it was the responsibility of wrestling federation. Dismantle all the sport federations and let the judiciary decide all the players! Apparently, they got a lot of spare time at their disposal to do so! On one hand, they are craving to increase the strength of judges and on the other hand, they are interfering in the wrong areas!
        1. R
          Oct 4, 2016 at 5:58 am
          Honour the Court Shame the nation.
          1. R
            Oct 4, 2016 at 5:59 am
            Political Judiciary !
            1. S
              Oct 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm
              Fall in line first
              1. V
                Oct 4, 2016 at 4:51 am
                Here is the proof that all BCCI wants is money. According to them, money is greater than everything even our country. In IPL they will get much more money so BCCI is ready to boycott an international event to get more money.
                1. V
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 5:55 am
                  bcci must accept the lodha panel recomendations bcoz most of the members never know what is cricket but they ruling cricket body bcoz this sport can only give them lot of money
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