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EPISODE – XXXXII
TOPIC: Cleaning cricket: Lodha committee suggests sweeping but really sensible reforms for BCCI
BLOG: India Times
WRITER: TOI Edit
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A year after it was set up by the apex court to examine BCCI and recommend measures for reforming it, the three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha has submitted its report and suggested sweeping (Quick) reforms. Its recommendations are comprehensive (complete), straightforward and offer the best hope for sorting out the mess in Indian cricket. The most radical (fundamental) reform the Lodha committee pushes is to bring in strict eligibility criteria for BCCI office bearers to safeguard it from politicians. No officer bearer, it says, should be a minister or government servant. They must also have fixed three-year tenures and no office bearer can hold two terms consecutively. These measures can really control the noxious marriage between politics and cricket.
The committee is also spot on in arguing that BCCI’s activities must come under the RTI Act, justifiably arguing that “the people of the country have a right to know the details about the BCCI’s functions and activities”. Legalising betting is another sensible recommendation as it will help curb corruption. The committee has also gone to the heart of the matter by recommending uniformity in the structure and voting rights of state associations. Most state units have little accountability and the committee’s push for transparency in their funding by BCCI and for making it performance-based is welcome. This will help save Indian cricket from being a cosy (homely) club of insiders.
While the committee lauds the new BCCI chief Shashank Manohar for adopting and implementing some of the committee’s recommendations even before the report came out and for pursuing reform measures “in the right direction”, it is also unequivocal (If you describe someone’s attitude as unequivocal, you mean that it is completely clear and very firm) that “they are not comprehensive and substantive” (Substantive negotiations or issues deal with the most important and central aspects of a subject). Given the status of cricket in India, the stakes (The stakes involved in a contest or a risky action are the things that can be gained or lost) are very high. So Manohar and BCCI should embrace full implementation of the Lodha recommendations.
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