Lodha panel reform fixes BCCI member terms, says no to Ministers

The three-member panel headed by Justice (Retd) R M Lodha suggested some drastic recommendations.

Written by Bharat Sundaresan | New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2016 10:45 am
Lodha committee, lodha, lodha committee cricket, cricket bcci, bcci cricket, india cricket, cricket india, ipl, ipl news, bcci news, lodha committee news, cricket news, cricket The Lodha panel suggested the restructuring of the BCCI’s administrative set-up. (Source: Express file photo by Praveen Khanna)

The Justice R M Lodha-led committee has suggested a paradigm shift in the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), with a slew of changes that would dismantle the existing ecosystem of the Indian cricket board.

Along with sweeping administrative measures, the committee has recommended the abolition of regional fiefdom, empowerment of players (both past and present), dissolution of the zonal system and raising the level of the cash-rich institution’s accountability and transparency.

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But the BCCI has said that these are just recommendations, and it would now form its own committee to look into the proposals before deciding on a future course of action. Former president N Srinivasan and some other senior administrators also questioned the feasibility of the proposals.

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For starters, the BCCI will have to introduce a filter for all potential candidates vying for top posts within the board. They will be part of an apex panel, which will be armed with all powers related to the board’s governance, and their tenures will be limited.

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Regardless of post — president, secretary, joint secretary, vice-president and treasurer — no official can hold on to any seat for more than nine years in all. Each term will be reduced to three years and every elected apex council member will have to undergo a cooling-off period of three years after each term. They also cannot be ministers or hold government positions, and will also have to divorce themselves from the state association that they represent.

“I don’t see how the BCCI will agree with this. You have so many who are over the 70-years age criteria or those who have long completed nine years… You also have certain states whose representatives are ministers,” said another top official.

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The other contentious recommendation that hasn’t gone down too well with the board is the “one-state, one-vote” proposal, which means that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat which have three associations within their purview will have only one representative in the BCCI. The report proposes that the BCCI relegate the additional associations and others like Railways and Services to associate member status, while stripping them of their voting rights.

“One association, one vote is the real bone of contention. I don’t think this can happen. I can’t see members, especially from the west zone, accepting this. See, if this clause is implemented, then the incumbent president (Shashank Manohar represents Vidarbha) might lose his voting rights. And you can’t pick and choose and implement just one part of the report. If you want to accept it, you have to accept the report in full,” Srinivasan told The Indian Express.

The report also calls for all cricketing decisions to be taken by committees headed by former cricketers, and formation of a players’ association, which will have representatives on the apex panel.

It has also suggested that the board president should have no say in selection matters and the zonal selection committee should be replaced with a three-member panel which will have only Test players on board.

According to the report, the IPL should be given limited autonomy by putting in place an IPL governing council, which will have four separate members, including representatives from the franchises who will not be part of the board.
Lodha also spoke about adding professionalism to the management of the board and its “cash-cow”, the IPL, by appointing a CEO and having six professionals work under him. This, the panel said, would add further accountability to the functioning of the board. In a rather revolutionary suggestion in a bid to enhance its transperancy, the panel has approached the legislature with a suggestion to legalise betting in India.

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  1. S
    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    Higher Judiciary (present and past) retains the privilege to critique and reform every insution in India. However, it will not reform itself and anybody outside the judiciary cannot dare because it will be unconsutional ...
    1. O
      Jan 5, 2016 at 5:55 am
      Srinivasan caught out
      1. A
        Jan 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm
        Since in India, Cricket is seen as religion as such cricket which is being controlled by BCCI must come under RTI Act .If it comes under RTI act then there will be sea change in the activities of Cricket Board and there will be lesser corrupt activities in it.It is time for SC to issue some guide lines to it in the interest of Indian Cricket.Lodha panel proposal and suggestion in reforming BCCI must be considered by SC which may bring sweeping changes in ts future function.BCCI should not allowed to function at its whims and fancy.
        1. R
          Jan 5, 2016 at 8:56 am
          What about evidence.....
          1. C
            Jan 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm
            ''Lodhi Sir, please make it clear and without any ambiguity, is it just serving ministers or any politician?''
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              1. H
                Jan 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm
                Things stretd going down after Pawar and Rajiv Shukla entered the board room of BCCI....KEEP OUT ANY MEMBER OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY.
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                  madan gupta
                  Jan 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm
                  कुछ नोजवान माहिलाओं को भी इस में मिलाया जाये. यह विदेश से अधिक मुद्रा ला सकती हैं. विदेशी भी इन को पसन्द करने लगें गें.
                  1. D
                    Deepak Mehta
                    Jan 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                    Only the obese and creepy qua;ify
                    1. S
                      Sanjeev Singal
                      Jan 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm
                      What do politicians have to do with Cricket? except dirty money and cheap publicity. Many countries don't play cricket and are peaceful and happy. Why shouldn't my country be peaceful and happy?
                      1. S
                        S. Gowrishankar,
                        Jan 5, 2016 at 9:46 am
                        It looks dumb because you cannot see the intelligence behind and it appears you lack intelligence as well.
                        1. S
                          S. Gowrishankar,
                          Jan 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm
                          I agree with you. A corrupt judiciary is trying to discipline the richest cricket body in the world. The judiciary does not want to look at its backyard but does not hesitate to indulge in the activities of other bodies. What a cruel joke the so called supreme court is playing on the people of India. Disgusting.
                          1. S
                            S. Gowrishankar,
                            Jan 4, 2016 at 8:19 pm
                            This is a game of cricket. This is not a law court arena. How sure is Mr. Lodha that his recommendations will work in the long term? Why people should be restricted when BCCI is today the richest cricket body in the world? Are spectators complaining? Why is Mr. Lodha meddling with a simple game of cricket? We do not need tooooo much of intelligence in running a gentleman's game. We should leave it at that. Mr. Lodha do not spoil the game of cricket by your silly sweeping changes. India has done well in cricket. Keep off.
                            1. S
                              S. Gowrishankar,
                              Jan 5, 2016 at 5:23 am
                              What do you think? These former presiding officers of a corrupt judiciary can bring out something useful to cricket? Is cricket going to be defined by a person who headed one of the most corrupt judicial systems on earth? What are you trying to say? What does Lodha know about cricket administration? Just because he was the former CJI does he qualify to investigate cricket? He could not clean judiciary, vital to every Indian. I should trust his words on cricket? Why? I do not care who is paying tax and who is not. That is the job of the government. But I do care cricket is cricket. People have worked hard to make BCCI the richest body on earth. No mean achievement. Unlike the judiciary, cricket has been continuously improving. You can believe the stupid investigation of Lodha. I care too hoots. It is going to spoil cricket in India for sure.
                              1. S
                                S. Gowrishankar,
                                Jan 5, 2016 at 6:14 am
                                Yes. Using RTI we can find out information about an LBW decision given by an umpire or when it will rain or how long the gr will take to grow on the pitch. Very useful indeed. This Lodha Committee is completely useless exercise. Posterity will prove it. Cricket belongs to spectators not to BCCI or the regional cricket bodies or the Supreme Court. They will decide what to do by either witnessing a match or abandoning that. What a colossal waste of money. This can happen in India only. We can find out using RTI how much money was wasted in this effort later.
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