The Supreme Court, on Monday, reserved its order related to the Lodha Panel recommendations after the BCCI requested more time for the implementation of the reforms. Earlier, BCCI president Anurag Thakur, in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, denied allegations that he stonewalled implementation of recommendations of Justice RM Lodha panel.
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Thakur, in the affidavit, pointed out his conversation with former BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, and mentions “Manohar explained to me when stand was taken by him, matter was pending before Court & was not decided.”
The affidavit further points out that “Manohar (when he was BCCI president) had taken a view that the recommendations of Justice Lodha committee appointing the nominee of CAG on apex council would amount to government interference and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC; therefore requested him that being the ICC Chairman can a letter be issued.”
On Saturday, during a special general body meeting of the Indian cricket board that was called to discuss the possibility of implementing the reforms recommended by the Lodha panel and directed by the apex court, the BCCI reiterated their stand that the members stood united and the call to not accept the recommendations in totality was unanimous. Meanwhile, Vidarbha, Tripura and Rajasthan are going ahead and accepting all the Lodha reforms unilaterally and Hyderabad Cricket Association has pledged compliance in an undertaking to a lower court.
The Supreme Court has already frozen BCCI’s fund transfer to its state units. Several state bodies have written to the board about how lack of funds will affect their domestic cricket but many heavyweight associations are waiting for the order before making the next move.
During the October 6 hearing Gopal Subramanium, a senior lawyer and amicus curiae, said that the new administrators should be of “impeccable stature and integrity” without any criterion attached. So, if the court rules in favour of appointing an independent panel of administrators, the members could be from inside or outside the cricket set-up.