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The Supreme Court of India waits and waits before stating its final verdictReuters

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vs Lodha Committee saga has dominated headlines for the major part of the calendar year 2016, but serious doubts have been raised on if there will be any final verdict by the Supreme Court by December 31.

The much-awaited hearing on Friday over the ongoing tussle was adjourned again as the Supreme Court mentioned that it has many other pending cases for the day, with the demonetisation matter remaining one of the key issues.

From December 5 to December 9 and now to December 14, the hearing has been postponed quite a few times. Will next Wednesday turn out to be the D-Day for the Indian cricket board? This is something we will know only next week. Additionally, the Supreme Court on Friday also announced that the hearing on demonetisation issue will resume on December 14.

Sources told the Times of India that the BCCI is planning on informing the Supreme Court that the hearing cannot go smoothly post-lunch next Wednesday, due to a clash with the demonetisation hearing. Adding to the woes, four days after Wednesday, the apex court shuts for its winter vacations and re-opens on January 2.

Incidentally, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur also retires on January 4 and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar will replace Thakur as the 44th CJI. Post swearing in on the first Wednesday of 2017, the 64-year-old will hold office until August 27, 2017.