The Supreme Court will formally hear the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)-Lodha Panel case on October 17, but on Friday, October 7, they barred the cricket board from releasing funds to state associations until they completely adhere to the Lodha Panel report. The apex court has categorically asked the Indian cricket board to implement the Lodha Panel reforms.
On Thursday, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had categorically mentioned to the cricket board to either follow the recommendations or pay a heavy price.
Whether the likes of Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke and the BCCI top brass would have stayed on or not was a major doubt. The Justice RM Lodha-led body asked for the replacement of the current lot of BCCI administrators with a new crop who will "ensure the smooth transition from the old to the new system recommended by the committee".
The Supreme Court reopens post the Durga Puja holidays on October 17 and the 10-day gap gives a lot of time for the BCCI to introspect and come to a conclusion on if they are indeed willing to adhere to the Lodha Committee recommendations.
BCCI, meanwhile, in a series of tweets, showcased the work done by Anurag Thakur since he took up the role as the cricket board's chief.
- Efficiently organised one of the most successful World T20 in the history of the tournament.
- IPL 2016 was one of the most memorable and non-controversial tournaments despite lot of logistical challenges and last minute changes.
- To promote Test Cricket in India, associations were directed to allot 10
percent tickets free for the kids, girls and specially-abled.
- Rs 5 Crore corpus created for next 5 years to help the visually challenged and deaf and dumb cricketers.
- Lot has been done to uplift the standards of women cricket and have been offered central contract like men's senior team.
- Laid emphasis and exert efforts to promote domestic cricket and in a quest to do so, academy projects in North East are underway.