'Not seeing light at the end of the tunnel'

Sad that the BCCI continues to object to the reforms, says Lodha.

R. M. Lodha... “[The BCCI officials] want to make BCCI their own property.”   -  R. V. Moorthy

Justice (Retd.) R. M. Lodha on Wednesday confessed he was ‘sad’ at the delay in implementation of the reforms suggested by a committee headed by him to bring in good governance in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“I am sad that these people (BCCI) continue to object to the reforms. These officials don’t want their monopoly to be impacted and that’s the reason why they would look to never allow the reforms to be implemented,” Justice Lodha told The Hindu.

“The BCCI just doesn’t want to reform. It’s clear by now. That they have succeeded in prolonging the implementation for one and a half years really surprises me,” Justice Lodha added.

The BCCI has been consistently opposing the reforms. “I am not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. The Supreme Court is the final authority and not the BCCI,” he stressed.

Need to just copy and paste

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to submit the draft constitution.

“The constitution was prepared by our committee. The CoA has to copy and paste since the reforms were approved by the Supreme Court in its ruling (on July 18, 2016),” Justice Lodha emphasised.

According to Justice Lodha, the BCCI officials don’t want the cleansing process to succeed for vested reasons.

“They want to make BCCI their own property. They don’t want to encourage the mechanism that is aimed at ensuring transparency in cricket administration. Some people have been enjoying their office and positions in the BCCI and want to preserve it. I know that cricket fans are waiting for the day when cricket administration would become fair and transparent. There has to be an end to the BCCI efforts to delay the process.”

Justice Lodha, however, noted, a “plausible” reason in Supreme Court directing the BCCI office-bearers to appear in person. “It’s a step forward,” he concluded.