If cricket boards were human, you don’t want to be the Indian one right now. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in a bit of fix after the Supreme Court – India’s apex judicial body – upheld all the recommendations put in front by the Lodha Committee. The recommendations will bring some serious changes to the BCCI setup. Although, BCCI has been given six month time to implement those changes but we might see changes spurring up in the board quite early.
We bring you the crux of changes that might happen after recommendations are implemented:
Each state will now have only one vote in BCCI elections: This recommendation was based on the fact that some of the states have more than three cricketing bodies. For instance, Maharashtra has Vidarbha Cricket Association, Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association. Now, only one of these associations will get to vote in a BCCI election in a year. This will rule out any chance of biased result and favoritism from the elections.
Ministers and civil servants cannot hold BCCI office: There are many ministers and civil servants, who hold a particular position, and important ones, in BCCI. DP Reddy is one fine example of the same. Reddy is Principle Secretary in Punjab Government and also the president of Punjab Cricket Association. SC has made it clear that holding on to two ranks will not go hand-in-hand.
BCCI and state bearers must not be over 70 years old: The president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Sharad Pawar will be the first person to be affected by this decision. This also ends the road for N Srinivasan, who is dying to get back into top ranks of BCCI.
No person cannot hold BCCI and state association office simultaneously – The implementation of this recommendation is going to see many changes in the board. As many as 7 big names will have to leave either of the two or more positions they are holding on to. The list starts with the BCCI president only. Anurag Thakur, apart from being the BCCI president, also heads the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. The other includes Ajay Shirke (BCCI Secretary, MCA president) , Sourav Ganguly (BCCI Technical Committee chairman, IPL Governing Council member, CAB President), Jyotiraditya Scindia (MPCA President and IPL Governing Council member), Rajeev Shukla (Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association President and IPL chairman).
No person can hold three, three –year terms as BCCI official: A very simple mathematics but for Niranjan Shah and Dilip Vengsarkar, it might be a tough problem to solve. Shah has served in BCCI for as long as 30 years and Vengsarkar has been there for last ten years. They both, now, will have to make way for others.
No official can serve consecutive terms: It would only mean that nobody in BCCI can make it their home. No BCCI position will see a person holding it for more than 3 year time. It will definitely infuse freshness of ideas in the setup.