IPL 2016 is scheduled to start from 9 April.Saikat Das / SPORTZPICS / IPL

The Lodha Panel, headed by Justice RM Lodha, submitted their recommendations on revamping the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL to the Supreme Court on Monday. 

If the Supreme Court takes the Lodha Panel recommendations to be final and binding, then the BCCI will have to alter the schedule of the upcoming edition of the IPL, which is set to start from 9 April.

The ICC World T20 2016 will be played in India from 14 March to 2 April. If Team India manage to reach the final of the World T20, then the national players will have just seven days to recuperate before IPL 9 starts.

According to one of the recommendations from the Lodha Committe, the BCCI needs to ensure that there is a gap of at least 15 days between the IPL season and the national cricket calender. 

The page 42 of Volume 1 under the header 'IPL' reads:

"Cricket calendars also ought to keep this in mind, and the BCCI should ensure that at least 15 days gap should be provided between the IPL season and the national calendar.

"A testing and cramped cricketing year takes a substantial toll on a professional cricketer's body and longevity, and it is the responsibility of the BCCI to take remedial measures immediately."

Many of the BCCI officials are not really happy about a number of recommendations put forward by the Lodha Committee. 

Meanwhile, the Lodha Panel has also suggested the Indian cricketers to follow the examples of the foreign players, who have chosen to ignore the cash-rich league in order to focus on their international career.

The recommendation read: "It ought not to be forgotten that the aim of the BCCI is to attract the best possible cricketing talent to the national side. The fact that many international players have declined lucrative IPL contracts to preserve themselves for national duty shows the path necessary for Indian cricket."

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