Lodha committee proposals set to ruffle BCCI feathers: Report

The committee is of the view that a person accused of sport fraud must not be involved in functioning of BCCI.

Lodha committee proposals set to ruffle BCCI feathers: Report

New Delhi: As expected, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials are unhappy with proposals that are expected to be made by Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee to clean up cricket in India.

According to a report in the Times of India, the committee's recommendations will be announced on January 4.

The two drastic reforms that are likely to be strongly opposed by the Indian board include - one team from state and prohibition of politicians and industrialists from cricket administration.

"How can you stop anyone from contesting a board election if he is eligible? There should not be and can't be any restriction on politicians or industrialists," a senior board member told TOI.

The committee is of the view that a person accused of sport fraud must not be involved in functioning of the BCCI.

"You can't ask a member to step down till he is proven guilty. Someone could be accusing you with a bad intention. In fact, the board has a system in place for those who get bigger than their boots," another official reacting to it.

One state, one team suggestion also means states like Mahatashtra and Gujarat will be hit hard.

"In Mumbai, the Brabourne Stadium used to be an international venue under the aegis of the CCI. How can you throw out the founder members," the source said.

"If you take the case of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), they have an election every year and if you hold a position in the BCCI for three to six years, then you have to resign from the local association within two years. It's not as easy as it appears," the source further added.

However, there is one proposal from the committee that is likely to find support in the Indian board.

The BCCI president can be elected from any zone and any state affiliated unit can propose the name of the new president.

"This is one measure we all agree upon. The board should always get the best man to lead it," the source added.

 

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