It will be either IPL or Champions Trophy in 2017: BCCI President Anurag Thakur

Lodha Panel has recommended a 15-day break before and after IPL which makes India miss the Champions Trophy in 2017.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: October 3, 2016 2:14 pm
bcci, bcci india, bcci cricket, lodha committee, lodha panel, bcci lodha, india vs new zealand, ind vs nz, ipl, ipl 2017, cricket news, cricket Anurag Thakur said that BCCI has undergone huge reforms in the recent past. (Source: Express photo)

India may have to pull out of next year’s Champions Trophy in England if the BCCI implements Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations in toto, Board president Anurag Thakur warned on Monday.

As per the reforms suggested by the Lodha Panel, there has to be a 15-day window before and after the IPL. The Champions Trophy is scheduled from June 1-18 while IPL is likely to end in last week of May.

“I don’t know whether India will be able to play Champions Trophy or not. If you go by the Lodha Committee report you have to play either the IPL or the Champions Trophy. So BCCI has to take a call on that,” Thakur said.

“There is Australia series before IPL and Champions Trophy after it. So BCCI has to take a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy — you have to pick one of the two if the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented in toto,” he said to a query that India were insisting to be placed in different group than Pakistan amid rising political tensions.

“The question of India-Pakistan arises only if India plays Champions Trophy.”

On whether the IPL could be scheduled differently, he said: “You tell me how you can do it. I will give you the window.”

Insisting that it would be a problem every year, he said,” You have certain months to play in India. There is a window made available for 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 give birth to many other leagues like football, hockey, badminton, kabaddi and all that – whether that has to go.”

Thakur also said BCCI has undergone huge reforms in the recent past.

“If you look at the BCCI, it is open about reforms. In the last 18 months, I first appointed Cricket Advisory Committee, hiring greats like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. Selection of the coaches, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble and appointment of CEO and CFOs. We have taken various steps in the last 18 months, there’s a huge list.”

Asked about his response to SC’s ‘fall-in-line or we will make you fall in line’, he said: “I did not see that line in the SC order that is reported in the media.”

“We have passed many recommendations, adopted them as recommended, many could not be adopted by members as they have given various reasons for that. One must appreciate that BCCI was always open about it. Before the recommendations, we have adopted many that were not part of it.

“We have to follow the law of land. We have highest respect for the Supreme Court. That is why we are following various timelines. At the same time, we are bound by the TN Societies Act.”

Singling out the one-state-one-vote and cooling off period of one year after a three-year term for thrice, Thakur said, “Many members felt that if Mumbai won Ranji Trophy for 41 times, and founder members like Baroda, state like Gujarat coming up with most modern and new stadium with 1.5 lakh capacity, if they are taken into 1-state-1-vote category, then out of six states, six have stadiums, they host International matches, their rights will be taken out. Various things came out from members that can be conveyed to the court.”

“Look at the overall leadership. If there is cooling off, there is no continuity in state and BCCI,” Thakur said as an insider pointed out that the new rule would prevent them from becoming an influential administrator.

Citing example of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI insider said, “If you take a cooling off period after three years where will the continuity come? How will another Dalmiya will be born. That will only happen with experience in states and the BCCI.”

“It’s like three years you write on cricket and then you become a political writer for one year. I will see how much continuity you have. Thakur became president of HPCA in 2000. If he had retired in 2003 after laying foundation stone then probably the Board President XI-Pakistan match would not have materialised in 2005.”

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  1. Gangesh Gowri
    Oct 3, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    Rubbish and nothing else from the Mammon-possessed boss of the BCCI. Ours is a mive nation and there is no shortage of administrators. If not Dalmiya or Thakur, there will be hundreds of their ilk. Is he suggesting that cricket would have been dead in this country but for a Dalmiya? Tripe! Positions of authority must not become a monopoly of a few megalomaniacs. Why are a few states averse to the idea of giving power and rights away for a couple of years in favour of some other states? A Champions Trophy matters more than a crazy money-spinner like the IPL. Give the latter a break for a year.
    1. T.R.Krishnamoorthy
      Oct 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm
      One state one vote order needs amendnment. Gujarath, saurashtra, Baroda, Mharashtra etc had contributed enormously for crcket and hence can not be neglected. Lodha report is to be properly analysed and amended.
      1. R
        Oct 4, 2016 at 5:24 am
        Without these people Indian cricket will be doomed?? Govt will post some officers and operations will go on ,!! It's the huge business and money many want to manage a seat, democracy give chance to all !!
        1. R
          Oct 3, 2016 at 10:24 am
          The real issue is one state, one vote. There is no logic in the Lodha committe guideline that BCCI has to follow the political realignments in terms of states. If the objective was to improve the access of talent and facilities across the country, a more logical step would have been to insist on the break up of the state ociations and go to the district level.
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