Lodha panel submitted its latest report on Monday to the Supreme Court where it asked the removal of the BCCI office-bearers. In its report, it also asked the appointment of former home secretary GK Pillai as an observer to control the functioning of the BCCI.
The Lodha panel has no problem with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who executing day-to-day work. But it wants an observer to supervise the board’s administration, especially with reference to the “award of contracts, transparency norms, and audit”.
Meanwhile, the top brass of the cricket board has no idea how the process of paying almost 100 tenders will be completed.
A BCCI source told the PTI, “From the media rights to Indian team’s shirt sponsor deal, every pending tender process has been delayed. It is only adding to the confusion in the BCCI ranks. Around 100 tenders are pending mostly pertaining to the Indian Premier League which is just four months away.”
BCCI has estimated around $4 billion from a 10-year media rights of IPL which includes mobile and digital domain, broadcast and other important contacts, like the apparel sponsor deal is up for renewal.
A BCCI source expressing concern that the apparel sponsor deal with Nike will be ended in March, 2017. “Now whether it’s Nike or Adidas or Puma, any sports manufacturing company requires minimum six months to deliver consignments. These are some issues bothering the BCCI.”
Lodha panel’s secretary Gopal Sankaranaryanan said, “The committee recommends that G K Pillai, former Union home secretary be appointed as the observer, with a power to appoint an auditor and all necessary secretarial staff, assistance and remuneration as may be determined appropriate by the committee.”
The directions which Lodha panel asked
To declare the removal of all the office bearers who should be “disqualified” by the court’s July 18 order.
Direct the CEO of the BCCI that it should carry out all the administrative and management matters without paying attention of the office bearers.
To appoint former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai as the observer to supervise the BCCI administration and empower the committee to appoint secretariat staffs, assistance and fix remuneration as may be determined appropriate.
As per the Lodha Committee’s recommendation, an office bearer above the age of 70 years or serving office for 9 years is termed as “disqualified”. The recommendation also mentioned that a minister or a government officer is not allowed to hold any office in cricket administration.
But BCCI remained obstinate to accept the recommendations, saying it cannot implement all the reforms with one state, one vote and age and tenure restrictions.
Last month, the SC had given dateline to BCCI and 13 state associations till December 3 to implement all the reforms recommended by the Lodha panel. It also stopped the disbursal of funds until they obey all the recommendations.
Hyderabad cricket association recently chose to implement all the Lodha committee recommendations.