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Lodha panel expected to propose sweeping changes in BCCI structure

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The justice RM Lodha panel, which was asked by the Supreme Court of India to suggest changes to the BCCI’s Constitution and its functioning, is expected to recommend some radical changes when it submits its report on January 4, 2016.

The three-member committee is expected to ring in big changes in the structure, management and functioning of the world’s richest cricket body.

The panel, as reported, is likely to recommend changing the board’s character from a society to a public trust or a company to assure that there is more transparency in its functioning through public scrutiny. If these changes are implemented, then the BCCI can no longer be registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.

“The recommendation of the committee will reflect the majority view. The recommendation on this score could spell doom for most non-cricketers, especially politicians, who routinely get themselves elected as heads of the state affiliates and have a say in the allotment of matches to venues. If the politician is powerful, his state affiliate invariably got prime matches in a tournament conducted by the BCCI,” sources said.

The report also says that reforms suggested by the panel include the proposal to reduce the number of cricket associations under the BCCI’s umbrella.

States like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have two to three cricket associations; and if these changes are implemented, then Indian cricket is going to see some drastic changes in the coming time.

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