Key recommendations of Justice Lodha Committee on BCCI reforms

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The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee has submitted its 159-page report to the Supreme Court suggesting reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Justice Lodha Committee on BCCI reforms was appointed by the SC in 2014 to formulate key recommendations to the BCCI in order to prevent frauds and conflict of interest in cricket administration.

Key recommendations of the Lodha Committee :

  • Separate governing bodies : The panel has recommended separate governing bodies for IPL and BCCI, with limited autonomy for the IPL Governing Council.
  • Office-bearers of the BCCI : The panel has recommended certain eligibility criteria for the office-bearers of BCCI  like:- He must be an Indian, he must not be above age of 70, he must not be insolvent, he must not be a minister or a government servant and who has not held office in the BCCI for a cumulative period for nine years.
  • Tenure of the office-bearers : The panel has recommended that the BCCI office-bearer's term should not exceed more than two consecutive terms, and he/she cannot hold two posts at the same time
  • Players' associationThe panel said there should also be a players' association for the international as well as for the first class levels. It should be for both men and women teams to ensure that cricketers have a say in the Board's functioning.The players' association will be formed by a steering committee, headed by former Home Secretary G K Pillai, and comprising former captains Mohinder Amarnath and Anil Kumble along with women's legend Diana Edulji.
  • Selection committee :  The board president should have no say in selection matters and the zonal selection committee should be replaced with a three-member panel which will have only Test players on board. 
  • Management: The BCCI management affairs should be done by professionals led by Chief executive officer (CEO)
  • State Associations: There should be uniformity of structure in the organisation and functioning of state associations on the lines of BCCI.
  • Apex council for the BCCI : There should be an apex council for the BCCI comprising 9 members, of which 5 should be elected, 2 should be representatives of players association, and one woman. Day to day management of the BCCI will be conducted by the CEO. He will be assisted by 6 professional managers and the team of CEO and managers will be accountable to the apex council
  • IPL governing councilThe chief governing body for IPL will be known as the IPL Governing Council, which will comprise nine members. The Secretary and the Treasurer of the BCCI will be ex-officio members of this IPL governing council. Two other members of the IPL Governing Council will be nominated/elected by the full members. Of the remaining five, two will be the nominees of franchises, one will be a representative of the players association (so one needs to be formed), one will be a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India's office,
  • Limited autonomy for IPL governing council : The Governing Council of IPL will be entitled to take all decisions concerning IPL, which includes the decision relating to financial matters. However, Governing Council will be answerable to the General body of the BCCI. So limited autonomy is proposed for the IPL GC,
  • State Associations: There should be uniformity of structure in the organisation and functioning of state associations on the lines of BCCI. The committee also recommended a person cannot be a BCCI office-bearer and a state association office-bearer at the same time. The Panel also suggested that the grants given to state associations be properly monitored.
  • Ethics officer : The committee has recommended the institution of the office of an Ethics Officer, who would be responsible for resolving issues related to the conflict of interest. Ethics officer proposed by us would be a former High Court judge.
  • The Electoral Officer : The committee has recommended the appointment of an Electoral Officer to conduct the Board elections. The Electoral Officer will be nominated at least two weeks before the election and such officer would be a former Election Commissioner.He would oversee the entire election process relating to the office-bearers namely, preparation of voters list, publication, dispute about eligibility of the office-bearers.
  • Ombudsman The committee has recommended the appointment of Ombudsman to resolve grievances. Ombudsman can take cognisance of complaints suo moto, or received complaint or referred complaint by the apex council.
  • Betting : The committee has also recommended to legalise betting to pave ways for transperancy. 
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