Lodha Committee report on BCCI reforms
The Lodha Committee’s status report to SC, highlighting how the Board of Control for Cricket in India has failed to adopt the recommended administrative reforms, has left the game’s officials in a quandary.
In response to the status report, Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur said the BCCI elite would have to “fall in line, or else we will make them fall in line”.
Violations of the committee
The provocation for these firm strictures was the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting in Mumbai on September 21, where a slew of decisions were taken, ranging from:
1. The nomination of Sharad Pawar as ‘alternate director for International Cricket Council meetings’ and BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s role as representative of the Board in Asian and international cricket bodies.
2. The appointment of new selection committees.
The appointment of selection committees, to cite one example, went against norms set by Justice Lodha.
The actions were seen as a failure to heed the Supreme Court. When the Lodha Committee green-lighted the BCCI’s AGM, it was with the caveat of sticking to appraising the year 2015-16, but the board discarded the retrospective gaze and instead looked ahead.
Need of reforms in BCCI
The sport is perhaps India’s best-governed, but the administrators refuse accountability. The cricket schedule (domestic and international) is well- drawn, former cricketers get a generous pension, young players find financial security in the Indian Premier League, and there is much to cheer in Indian cricket.
But a refusal to embrace transparency and the lack of respect for the ordinary fan have been emblematic of a feudal mindset that guides cricket’s officialdom.