Supreme Court appointed administrators to supervise BCCI

Date: January 31, 2017

Lodha panel BCCI Reform

The Supreme Court has appointed four eminent personalities from varying backgrounds to a panel of administrators to oversee the running of the BCCI until the board can hold fresh elections for office bearers as per the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.

The panel, which will be chaired by Vinod Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, consists of Ramachandra Guha, the historian and cricket writer, Diana Edulji, the former India women's captain, and Vikram Limaye, managing director and CEO of IDFC (Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation).

They will function as the interim bosses of the BCCI and run the day-to-day administration of  cricket body till the Lodha Committee reforms are fully implemented and elections held. SC order Committee of Administrators’ first task will be to find out how much the BCCI has complied with the recommendations made by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee.

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Additionally, the Court has also identified BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhury and treasurer Anirudh Chowhury, along with Limaye, to represent the Board at the crucial ICC meeting to be held in Dubai early February.

Their immediate task would also be in getting the IPL auction off the blocks. As per the original schedule it was expected to take place in Bengaluru on 6 FEbruary. The IPL is slated for April-May and it is a tribute to BCCI’s system that as soon as the committee identifies the IPL Governing Council, IPL activities, including signing contracts and auction could be up and away. The Rai committee though needs to do its bit towards that end.