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  • Lodha Committee Report: Restoring the glory of the game

    • To put an end to excesses and imbalances, corruption and red tape, all of which have harmed the game
    • The Lodha committee has examined reforms in the working of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make its functioning transparent.
  •  What is the Lodha committee

    • The Lodha committee was formed in January, 2015 by the Supreme Court after the Mudgal committee report on IPL.
    •  Lodha committee delivered its judgement by banning Meiyappan and Kundra for life
    • suspending the owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for 2 years.
  • Analysing Report

    • Lodha Committee has suggested sweeping reforms in the structuring and governance of cricket in the country
    • The committee recommended that a 9-member apex council replace the 14-member BCCI working committee.
    •  Lodha Committee also calls for dividing the governance into two parts, cricketing and non-cricketing.
      •  non-cricketing management will be handled by 6 professional managers headed by a CEO, and the cricket matters like selection, coaching and performance evaluation should be left to the players.
  • Office-bearers: Restrictions imposed

    • Each of these office-bearers has a 3-year term and can contest for a maximum three terms.
    •  There will be a mandatory cooling off period after each term. Therefore, no office-bearer can hold office consecutively in a row
    •  No BCCI office-bearer can be Minister or government servant.
    •  State Cricket Associations: *
      • The Committee recommended that one association should represent an entire state and only one vote per state.
  • Indian Premier League

    • It recommends separate governing bodies for the IPL and BCCI.
    • There should be a 15-day gap between IPL season and national calendar.
  •  Betting: Legalize it

    • It made a strong recommendation to lawmakers to legalise betting in cricket for all except cricket players, officials and administrators.
    •  Betting is a $ 400 billion phenomenon practiced across the globe and lawmakers in India should enact laws to legalise it
  •  Fixing: Criminalize it

    • The committee said that match-and spot-fixing should be made a criminal offense.
  •  Conflict of Interest & Corruption

    • One individual hold only one post in cricket administration.
      •  The office-bearers would have to choose between positions in respective state associations and the parent body.
    •  A former High Court judge should be appointed as ethics officer by the BCCI to administer issues relating to conflict of interest, misdemeanour and corruption.
    •  A former Supreme Court judge should be appointed ombudsman to resolve internal disputes.
  •  Transparency: Bringing RTI to BCCI

    • It recommended that the Legislature must seriously consider bringing BCCI within the purview of the RTI Act
  •  Securing player’s interest

    • It recommended the setting up of a Players’ Association to safeguard the interests of the cricketers.
    •  players that are the driving force of the game, but they had been reduced to the status of employees and subordinates of those governing the game.
    •  The idea is to give players voice, use their expertise and skills for the development and betterment of the game
  • Women Cricket: Often ignored by BCCI

    • The Women’s Cricket Committee to be formed to exclusively pay attention to this much ignored department, along with Women’s Selection Committee.
    •  The proposed measures could radically alter the way the BCCI functions as well as vastly improve its public image and impart much-needed credibility.
Analysis
 ‘Report on Cricket Reforms’
divided into four parts
  • Pros
    •  alter the way the BCCI functions and it will also improve its public image and impart much-needed credibility.
    • Recommendations such as restricted tenures, bar on holding more than one office at a time, limits on terms, cooling-off periods between the holding of one office and another and steps to prevent conflict of interest will be step in right direction if implemented in both spirit and letter.
    • One significant suggestion is that government servants and ministers be kept out of cricket administration. Even if the political class as a whole is not barred,
    • it will at least prevent influential politicians in government eyeing the spoils of office in cricket administration
  • Challenges
    • legalizing the betting is a progressive one.
    • its implementation, will hinge on suitable local legislation across the country.
    • BCCI will have to ensure strict adherence to the condition that players, managers, officials or anyone associated with cricket are not allowed to participate in betting.
    •  Sourav Ganguly led Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to reject 10 out of the 21 Lodha Committee recommendations made by the Supreme Court.
      • Among the rejections are age and tenure issue and the recommendation that government officials can’t be the office bearers in BCCI or its affiliated units.
  • Way Forward:
    •  progressive and are aimed at bringing transparency
    •  Supreme Court should also seek the BCCI’s view in this regard and try to build a consensus for the better implementation of these recommendations.