Lodha panel seeks appointment of GK Pillai as BCCI observer

Lodha panel in its latest report to the Supreme Court has recommended removal of all BCCI top brass in violation of the norms it has set.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 21, 2016 10:40 pm
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In a suggestion that could affect cricket in the country, the Lodha panel has recommended to the Supreme Court that all BCCI office bearers not meeting with the norms set in the reccommendations be removed from their post. The committee further suggested that ex-home secretary GK Pillai be appointed as observer to oversee operations of the cricket body.

The committee sought a declaration that all office bearers who are in violation of laid down norms with regard to 70 year age cap, citizenship and tenures, “cease to hold office forthwith”.

The report has said Pillai, as observer, should conduct the crucial task of appointing auditors for awarding BCCI contracts including that of the upcoming IPL such as the media rights which has been halted amid the hiatus.

The report submitted on Monday to the Supreme Court suggested these radical changes in light of the BCCI’s reluctance in implementing the Lodha panel reforms which are aimed at cleansing the sport in the country and making things streamlined.

However, over the months, BCCI has remained defiant in its approach that all the reforms suggested cannot be implemented in toto with one state, one vote and age and tenure reforms the biggest reasons for contention.

The committee was put in place by the Supreme Court after the IPL betting scandal brought the game into disrepute.

The apex court had last month given BCCI and 13 state associations till December 3 to implement the reforms proposed by the Lodha panel and had stopped disbursal of funds until compliance. Recently, Hyderabad cricket association chose to implement the Lodha reforms in toto including calling for elections at its general meeting.