After it removed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke now the Supreme Court on Monday appointed a four-member panel of administrators to manage the affairs of the cricket board.
The four-member committee will be headed by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai. The other members are historian and writer Ramchandra Guha, former women’s Test cricketer and captain Diana Edulji and career banker and IDFC managing director Vikram Limaye.
This panel will administer the board till all the Lodha panel’s reform are implemented and elections will be held in all the states and in the BCCI.
The apex court rejected the Central government’s appeal to select the sports ministry’s secretary as one of the members of the panel.
The court selected the names as per the suggestions were given by the BCCI. A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra selected the four names from the 17-member list submitted by the amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and senior counsel Anil Divan and by the counsel for BCCI and state cricket associations.
Rai said, “I see my role as that of a temporary night watchman, I have to ensure a smooth transition in the elected body that governs the great game of cricket.” He added, “I have no idea or exposure with regards to BCCI and am a genuine cricket lover. I will be working in the best interest of the game to ensure that players and spectators get absolutely interference-free cricket.”
The court said that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will report to the four-member panel of administrators who will supervise all the affairs of the cricket board. The SC bench said, “Let us see how sanguinely the BCCI has adhered to the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and then we will move forward…the judgment has to be implemented.”
Earlier, Lodha panel secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan submitted that BCCI had not implemented any of Lodha reforms. He also submitted that as per the SC orders “no one from present set of office-bearers are eligible and thus have no right to function as caretaker”.
After appointing the administrators now the question is what will be the role of Lodha committee. The bench said the panel will be in their place as the board might need their assistance in case of policy matters and if some “typical situations” arise in the future.
It also allowed BCCI officials Anirudh Chaudhry, Amitabh Choudhary and Vikram Limaye to represent the BCCI in the ICC meeting which will be held in the first week of February.
Lodha panel’s cleansing process has already been started. Now the time will tell whether the new panel will be successful to accomplish their job or not.