Lodha panel report: Minister or Govt. servant cannot be BCCI officials

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New Delhi, Jan.4 (ANI): The Supreme Court appointed Justice (Retd.) R. M Lodha committee, which submitted their final report on Monday, issued restrictions on the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) office-bearers saying that no minister or government servant can be the officials in the cricket body.

The panel added no BCCI office-bearer will be allowed to hold the office for more than three terms.

“As regard to the office bearers. The five namely president, vice president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer, certain eligibility criteria has been fixed like he must be an Indian, he must not be above the age of 70 years, he must not be insolvent, he must not be a minister and government server and who has not held office in the BCCI for cumulative period for nine years,” Justice (Retd.) Lodha told media here.

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“Each office bearer will have tenure of three years and no office bearer can hold the office for more than three terms, with a rider that they will be cooling off after each term. In other words, no office bearer can hold office consecutively for two terms. There has to be cooling off regardless of the post,” he added.

The Lodha panel also recommended the formation of a players’ association as well as the agent registration system, which will safeguard the interest of players.

“We have proposed the constitution and establishment of players’ association. That association will afford membership to all international and to the players, who played first class -both men and women and those who have retired from competitive cricket. This association shall discharge assigned function which have been highlighted and will be constituted and run with the financial support of the BCCI. However they will not act as a union. The idea is to give players voice, their expertise and skill for the development and betterment of the game” Justice (Retd.) Lodha said.

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The Supremer Court-appointed panel also suggested that the task of the establishment of the players’ association will be done by the steering committee, which will be headed by former Home Secretary G K Pillai and the other members will be Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Eduljee and Anil Kumble.

“The other thing which we have provided is agents’ registration. The idea is to protect the interest of the players, unless the agents are registered under the prescribed norms. Many times, players are kept in dark of many important issue and things which otherwise they must be aware of. Agent’s register will be kept with the BCCI,” he added.

In January 2015, the Supreme Court appointed the three-member committee consisting of Justice (Retd.) Lodha, Justice (Retd.) Ashok Bhan and Justice (Retd.) RV Raveendran in a bid to improve the tattered image of the BCCI.

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Earlier, the Lodha committee had suspended two Indian Premier League franchises: Chennai Super King (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years due to their involvement in illegal betting and spot-fixing. (ANI)

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