BCCI Bosses Like Dictators, Not Bigger Than Cricket: Justice Lodha

From the current BCCI chief Anurag Thakur to MCA chairman Sharad Pawar, cricket associations in the country are being controlled by these politicians cutting across the political parties.

Although, in a recent interview Justice RM Lodha, clarifies that the series between India and New Zealand will go on.

The storm over the bank accounts is the latest instalment of a pitched battle between the board and the Lodha Committee, which has recommended sweeping changes to bring more transparency and accountability in the board's functioning.

He said the Committee's concern with those payments was that they didn't want huge sums of money being transferred from the BCCI accounts overnight.

The move came after the BCCI appointed a five-member selection committee during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 21, which was in violation to the Lodha panel's guidelines.

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Thakur also stated that the Indian team may have to pull out of the Champions Trophy to be held in England next year if the recommendations by the Lodha panel are fully implemented.

The board had opposed a recommendation that would prevent cricket from being played up to 15 days after Indian Premier League finishes.

The Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee on Tuesday requested private sector bank, Yes Bank, to not freeze the accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

BCCI further adopted a defiant attitude towards the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee saying - "we can't give unconditional undertaking that we will follow Lodha panel directions".

The apex court took the tough stand after the BCCI continued to drag its heels on the implementation of the Lodha committee recommendations which were made obligatory on July 18. "So the BCCI has to take a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy", Thakur said. They are dependent on BCCI's funds for organising matches.

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The Lodha panel was unhappy with the BCCI for missing the first deadline for implementing its recommendations. With this, the apex court is heard to have directed the banks to freeze the accounts of BCCI. "Who will pay? We also have a lot at a stake", BCCI sources had told NDTV.

When contacted to get clarity with regard to the ongoing series, Thakur told PTI, "BCCI does not own any ground".

"Is this how you treat the world's richest cricket body which has run the sport so efficiently?"

The Lodha panel, however, had told banks to not disburse funds from the BCCI accounts to state associations with regards to only two specific payments, and later clarified that it can carry on with its routine expenses.

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