Ministers cannot be a part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) anymore and the age cap of 70 years should be strictly implemented, the Supreme Court gave its verdict to the cricket body on Monday. The implementations need to be done in six months from now.
In a historic development, the highest judicial body of the country has categorically asked the Anurag Thakur-led BCCI to adhere to the Lodha Panel recommendations.
"Time for a 'new' BCCI" is how the Apex court has termed the development as and the SC has also stated that the Lodha committee will oversee the developmental work carried out by the cricket body henceforth. Among many recommendations, the SC also asked the BCCI to also implement the 'one state, one vote' policy.
However, no proper verdict has arrived from the SC as to whether the Lodha committee's recommendation to legalise betting in cricket in India, will be implemented. The matter is now left in the hands of the Parliament to make a decision.
"Since it is the apex court of the country (and) if they have endorsed the recommendations of the Lodha panel then obviously you respect the court. We will definitely discuss all those issues, how it can be implemented," IPL chairman and senior BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
Justice Lodha mentioned that Monday was a "Great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport" but did the plethora of Indian cricket fans on Twitter feel the same? 'BCCI' became a trend on the social media platform in the afternoon, soon after the verdict was announced.
Here are some reactions from cricket experts and journalists:
I feel vindicated. It's home coming of sorts & quite unbelievable. Eventually SC puts leash on BCCI something which no Union Govt could do. In 1999 when I took BCCI to court for accountability & transparency everyone laughed at me &discouraged me. 17yrs later SC delivers justice.
Interested in knowing if SC landmark verdict deals with critical issues of BCCI under RTI, minimum players representation in Executive restructuring Electoral College,initiating Electoral reforms,ouster of politicians, abolishing honorary posts & 50% players reservation.
— Lawyer and sports activist Rahul Mehra on Twitter.
I guess the BCCI was ready for this judgement since it was apparent that recommendations of the Lodha Commission would be accepted. There is relief on the revenue front since the Court has allowed the BCCI to determine its own methods of monetising air time. Foresee much discomfort because of the one state one vote issue; especially in key states of Gujarat and Maharashtra that have 3 teams each.
Players are very well looked after in India so will be interesting to see the impact of the now mandatory Players Association. Will be interesting to see how the inclusion of a member of the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) office will affect functioning.
— Cricket commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle on Twitter.
Most humbly disagree, Lordship [Justice RM Lodha]. Judiciary shdn't interfere in an autonomous society & cricket is our best run sport. CAG a constitutional body. Shdn't oversee a society. This is nationalisation of regd. societies. Pl look beyond BCCI. If CAG auditors could ensure no-corruption, Govt and its PSUs would be the cleanest institutions. They're the most rotten.
— Renowned Indian journalist Shekhar Gupta on Twitter.