Lodha panel report : BCCI to discuss SC verdict

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BCCIThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has discussed the verdict of Supreme Court in relation to the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha panel on July 25.

Earlier on July 18, the panel’s recommendations were accepted by the Supreme Court, including ‘one state, one vote’. However, the cricket body refused to accept the court’s proposal. The BCCI stated that there were many states where cricket was not popular and hence their vote would not be of significance.

The BCCI was given six months to implement all recommendations made by Supreme Court panel. Advising the BCCI to have CAG as an advisory body sans voting privilege, the two-judge bench, including Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah, confirmed the recommendation of selection of representatives of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) within the board.

However, the BCCI opposed the recommendation stating that the International Cricket Council won’t accept the government’s interference.

The SC also accepted the Loda panel’s recommendation not to have ministers above 70 years of age and to reject a minister or government official to serve as a BCCI official. Realising the BCCI’s monopoly over cricket in India, the SC handed over the issue to Parliament so that the members could take a closer look at the issue.

Within the next six months, the Lodha panel will look into the matter if its recommendation has been implemented in full.