The Indian cricket board (BCCI) expressed its unhappiness over several reforms recommended by the Lodha panel here on Monday. According to sources, the board will send the Lodha committee’s suggestions to all the affiliated state units before calling a meeting to discuss the suggestions. Sources said BCCI would stand by its affiliated Full Members and, if need be, challenge the proposed changes.
Sources also told TOI that most of the recommendations like one-state, one-vote formula, bringing the BCCI under the RTI Act, involving former judges in several committees, fixed terms of affiliated state units, minister and government employees getting barred from contesting BCCI elections, retirement age for an administrator, not allowing the BCCI officials to hold offices in state units, having three selectors in the national panel, the appointment of three former cricketers (Mohinder Amarnath, Anil Kumble and Diana Edulji) in the proposed players’ association, the appointment of a GC member from the CAG and other choices of members in the IPL council are contentious issues, which the board wants to contest.
When asked BCCI president Shashank Manohar said: “I can only comment after reading the Lodha committee’s report.”
The board’s fundamental difference with the suggestions is de-centralization of power, which according to BCCI can’t work in Indian cricket. However, a BCCI official said the board is on the same page with the committee on one big issue, legalising betting in India.
According to BCCI sources, Manohar and former BCCI president Sharad Pawar had approached the Indian government earlier with a proposal to legalise betting, but their proposals were turned down. “It’s not that all the suggestions are bad. A few of them are going to help the board for certain but you can’t bring in sweeping changes in the name of clean-up which challenges the very existence of the board,” the official added.
The one-state, one-vote formula, which TOI had first reported about, will throw several office bearers out of their associations. This could also lead to diminishing of the importance of states which have assets worth Rs 1000 crore. “There are 105 associate members in the ICC but it’s the 10 Full Members who control the world governing body. Similarly, the board is governed by its affiliated units and by taking away their fundamental rights without any reason goes against the constitution of the board,” the official pointed out.
The board also questioned the authority of the committee’s suggestion to the government to bring BCCI under the RTI ambit. “As per the rule of the land, an organisation can only come under the RTI when a substantial amount of money is given to it by the government,” the official explained.
Regarding the fixed terms of the BCCI office-bearers who can’t also members of respective state units, the board again came up with a strong rebuttal. “It is not binding on the BCCI. The next course of action will be decided by the state affiliated units and the board will be in a better position to respond after consulting all the board members,” an official said.
When asked about the cap on the government workers and ministers, the official said: “This committee was formed to clean up the mess on the field and off it.
By not allowing the government workers and ministers, the committee is trying to portray they are not clean,” the official said.
Who stands where following Justice Lodha’s report
SHASHANK MANOHAR (President): The lawyer from Nagpur didn’t hang around when his first stint got over in 2011. He was forced into his second term to stem the rot. He’ll be more than happy to relinquish his post once the job is done.
ANURAG THAKUR (Secretary): The 41-year-old has helm the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HCPA) since 2000. The three-time BJP MP, son of ex-HP chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, will have to abdicate his HPCA throne, as under the new recommendations, a person cannot simultaneously be an office-bearer of the BCCI and the state association. He can continue as the BCCI secretary, but can’t contest for the president’s post in the next elections due to the cooling period.
AMITABH CHAUDHARY (Jt. Secretary): The former top cop has been in-charge at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) since 2002. He tried his luck in politics but lost the Ranchi seat. Like Thakur, Chaudhary will have to let go his position at the JKSCA, but can continue as Jt secretary as it is his first term.
ANIRUDH CHAUDHARY (Treasurer): Son of former BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra, he is a criminal lawyer and is in his econd term as the Board’s treasurer. He needed a casting vote to hold on to the treasurer’s chair in the last elections. If Justice Lodha’s recommendations are recommendations are binding, he’ll not only cease being the treasurer but will also have to resign from the secretary’s post at Haryana Cricket Association.
THE PROPOSED NEW SELECTION COMMITTEE
The captain gains in power in the new selection committee proposed by the Lodha panel. Here is how it will work….
* Selection committee will consist of three persons to be appointed by the board at the AGM. Only former Test players shall be eligible, provided that they have retired at least 5 years previously. The senior-most Test cap shall be appointed as chairperson.
* The men’s selection committee shall appoint a captain for the team who shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee. The captain, however, shall not be entitled to vote. In the event of there being an equality of votes for the appointment of captain, the chairperson shall have a casting vote.
* In the event of there being no majority agreement over the selection of the players, the captain’s wishes in that regard shall prevail.
* On overseas tour, the cricket manager-coach, captain and vice-captain shall constitute the selection committee.
* Selection committee shall also be responsible for vetting and selecting coaches and support staff (physiotherapists, trainers, therapists, analysts and medics) for the respective teams, as well as providing evaluation reports of the respective team performances to the proposed apex council on a quarterly basis.
IPL GOVERNING COUNCIL
The Lodha Panel has suggested a Limited Autonomy for the IPL, saying that “the governance of the IPL has left much to be desired.”
Run by a committee of twelve which denies any role to the franchisees, with ten members representing the Full Members and two former cricketers, the panel felt that the IPL Governing Council needs to be reconstituted comprising representatives of the Full Members, franchisees, players and an independent auditor.
The Committee proposes a Governing Council with nine members, comprising of three ex-officio members (the Secretary, the Treasurer and the CEO of BCCI), two representatives of the BCCI to be elected by the General Body, two nominees of the franchisees, one nominee being the CAG’s Councillor on the Apex Council and one nominee of the Players’ Association.
Consequently, four out of nine members of the IPL Governing Council will be independent of BCCI, thereby providing autonomy. One of the two representatives of the BCCI members elected by the General Body shall be the Chairperson of the Governing Council. The franchisees shall rotate on an annual basis and no on shall be represented again until others have had a turn.