Published On : Mon, Jan 4th, 2016

Lodha panel recommends separate bodies for BCCI, IPL

lodhaMumbai/Nagpur: Observing that states function as units under the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), retired Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha on Monday said only one unit per state will represent and vote in BCCI as he made public the Lodha report.

Saying governance will be separated from the management of the cricket body, justice Lodha recommended two separate committees – one for the cricket and the other for the Indian Premier League (IPL) – to avoid conflict of interest.

“A CAG officer will be part of BCCI auditor,” he further announced as a part of the proposed reforms that recognizes every state as a full member of the BCCI with a voting right.

The former CJI explained that reforms had been decided upon after receiving responses to a questionnaire on the administration of the BCCI.

“All stakeholder were spoken to including former captains,” he said, adding, “We are happy to share that whatever discussions we had with Mr.Manohar (BCCI president), he immediately put in action.”

The Lodha committee had on Monday made public its report to the Supreme Court, which suggested a host of administrative reforms for the cricketing body in India following the investigation into the 2013 IPL spot fixing scandal.

The Lodha committee was formed on January 22, 2015 by the apex court after the Mudgal committee, appointed as an investigator into the scandal, submitted its report. The committee comprises retired chief justice of India RM Lodha, and retired Supreme Court judges, Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran.

The panel was asked by the court to make suitable recommendations to the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India in reforming their governance model and to eliminate conflict of interest apart from setting the quantum of punishment for those involved in the IPL scandal.

The Mudgal panel has found that former IPL COO, Sundar Raman had called the contact of a bookie several times during a season.
The panel had released the first part of its report in July last year and had suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals for two years, besides suspending Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for life from any matches conducted by BCCI.

The panel met around 90 former players, including six former India captains, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi, administrators, cricket historians and journalists before finalising its report.