BCCI President Anurag Thakur remains a miffed man. The chief of the Indian cricket board has suggested that the implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms will hamper the Indian Premier League (IPL) -- one of the integral features of the Indian cricket calendar.
According to the recommendations by the Lodha Panel, there should be a 15-day gap between the national calendar and the IPL, something which disappoints Thakur. He feels that the move will lead to the end of the lucrative cricket league and crores of money will also be lost.
"If you look at the overall IPL calendar then IPL would not be possible that way [according to the directions given out by the Lodha Panel]. Are you going to lose 100s of crores of Rupees?" Thakur, 41, was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
"The money is paid to the past cricketers. More than Rs 110 crores have been distributed to past cricketers. If you wind up the IPL because of the international calendars, Indian cricket is going to lose. You have to decide overall. 15 days window is not possible as of today if you have both IPL and the Test calendar to go on," he added.
The crunch schedule of the Indian cricket calendar is yet another worry for the BCCI and at the back of the enormous pressure exerted by the Supreme Court as well as the Justice RM Lodha-led Panel, the Indian cricket board are going through some real turbulent times.
"We wanted to start our home season from the Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) but one recommendation of the Lodha Committee is that there has to be a gap of 15 days," Thakur mentioned.