Lodha panel report: Six reasons why BCCI is reluctant to 'fall in line'
BCCI is unhappy with several recommendations of the panel. Here are six major sticking points.
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was dealt a severe blow on Thursday, as the Supreme Court directed it to "fall in line" with the recommendations of Justice R M Lodha Committee.
The apex court-appointed three-member panel had suggested a massive restructuring of the country's cricket body.
The SC said the recommendations are "straight, rational and understandable" and "deserve respect" and "there is no reason to disagree with the committee" which has the most "illuminated and respected members of the legal community".
The world's richest cricket board was handed four weeks time to respond on the implementation of panel's recommendation.
According to a report in the Times of India, BCCI is unhappy with several recommendations of the panel. Here are six major sticking points.
One state, one vote: States like Maharashtra and Gujarat are represented by more than one team. The board feels traditional cricket powehouses like Mumbai and Baroda will suffer if this recommendation is implemented.
BCCI under RTI: Since the board receives no grants from the Indian government, question of coming under the RTI does not arise, feel BCCI officials.
Term limits: Panel recommended a maximum of three terms of three years each. BCCI officials say this will hamper continuity within the board.
Three-man national selection panel: India is large country, hence a three-member panel would be too small is the counterpoint.
Retirement age: Lodha panel's report recommended it as 70. It also wants no entry for ministers and bureaucrats in the board. Currently, some of the most powerful administrators in BCCI are politicians themselves.
Clampdown on ads: Lodha committee wants TV commercials only during intervals. BCCI will suffer a 75% loss in telecast rights revenue, claim BCCI officials.