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Supreme Court dismisses BCCI plea to review Lodha panel recommendations

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) plea, asking the Supreme Court to review the Lodha panel’s alleged interference with cricket in the country, has been dismissed by the apex court, on Tuesday.

Drawing continuous flak from the Supreme Court for not implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations, BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said on Monday, that the state units are currently confused about some of the suggestions and need more clarity before complying.

The Supreme Court reserved its order on directions to be passed to BCCI for implementation of Lodha panel’s recommendations on Monday.

“You need 3/4th majority to adopt these recommendations. We have done our duty to go back to the state associations and they have to take a call on that. If you don’t have 3/4th majority, you cannot adopt these recommendations,” Thakur told media persons after Monday’s court proceedings.

“Right now, there is more confusion in the state associations on how to implement the recommendations, I think we need more clarity,” he added.

The BCCI has held on to its stand about “practical difficulties in implementing some of the recommendations” which include ‘One State One Vote’, ‘Age Cap of 70 years’, ‘Three years Cooling off Period’, ‘One Person One Post’.

According to sources in the state associations, the units want to bide time as BCCI anxiously awaits the revised Sports Bill which could put a spanner on far-reaching recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed panel.

The BCCI is likely to ask for at least three month’s time as it is impossible to expect that the Sports Bill could be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament.

At best, one can expect that the Sports Bill will be placed before the House only during the Budget Session next year.

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