Justice Lodha submits report to Supreme Court

Former Chief Justice of India, R. M. Lodha, submitted his report to the Supreme Court, documenting the specific aspects of reforms in the BCCI on Monday.

Justice R. M. Lodha at the Supreme Court.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Former Chief Justice of India, R. M. Lodha, submitted his report to the Supreme Court, documenting the specific aspects of reforms in the BCCI on Monday.

Speaking to the media in Mumbai, Justice Lodha said the panel interacted with “the stakeholders of the game” that included BCCI officials and former players. “We interacted with former captains Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble,” he added.

“Cricket is not confined to certain parts. BCCI represents the length and breadth of the country,” he said.

The report is a result of a comprehensive investigation, by the panel, into how the sport is run and the need for change.

Justice Lodha said BCCI President Shashank Manohar has already started implementing a few proposals that include possible barring of officials charge-sheeted, age and tenure restriction of BCCI officials, presence of an association from each State as a full BCCI member with voting rights, among others.

North-Eastern States and Bihar will now find way into BCCI as full time members with voting rights.



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Following are the highlights of the report.

* “We had to ensure autonomy of BCCI was not affected. Ailments needed cure, but needed to ensure good bacteria in the body wasn’t lost,” said Justice Lodha.

* The panel wanted the BCCI to come under the RTI Act. Currently, the BCCI comes under Societies Act and is not answerable to the government. The BCCI also does not take grants from the Sports Ministry.

* The panel feels the players and match officials do not indulge in betting, but they have to disclose their assets.

* The panel suggests legalisation of betting with inbuilt mechanism. The panel had suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years for betting offences.

* The panel suggests that the Chairman of senior selection committee should be the one with maximum Test caps. The panel also proposes a talent spotting committee.

* The panel suggests cricketing matters should be decided by cricketers while non-cricket matters should be handled by the CEO and assisted by a team of six professional managers and two committees.

* There should not be more than three terms for an office-bearer. The panel also suggests one person-one post formula

* The panel defines eligibility of BCCI office-bearers: One must not be a minister or government servant and must not be above 70 years.

* The panel suggests the inclusion of an ombudsman, ethics and electoral officer. The steering committee for the players’ association will be headed by former Home Secretary G. K. Pillai.

* The panel suggests registration of agents mandatory to protect interest of players. The players are kept in the dark on many issues.

The panel recommends formation of players’ association. Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Eduljee and Anil Kumble to be part of a steering committee to deal with BCCI.

* The panel suggests limited autonomy for IPL governing council.

* The BCCI should be run by a CEO, who will be assisted by six professional managers.

* The panel suggests formation of apex council with nine members to run IPL. Of this, five should be elected office-bearers like president, secretary.

* The panel suggests one supreme body with 30 State associations and seven associate members. One executive body purely for IPL affairs.

* One state, one association with a right to vote. Institutional units like Services, Universities to be relegated to associate members, says Lodha.

>Read the full version of the Lodha Committee Report



The Lodha Committee report in parts

>Cover-Volume-One

>Final-Report-Volume-One

>Cover-Volume-Two

>Final-Report-Volume-Two