SC freezes BCCI’s transactions with state cricket bodies
Supreme Court has frozen all financial transactions between the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and state cricket associations.
The apex court directed BCCI, the apex cricket body not to disburse any funds to state cricket associations till they resolve to abide by Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations.
Besides, the Supreme Court also asked the Lodha Committee to appoint an independent auditor to verify the BCCI’s accounts. It was also asked to set a “threshold value” for various contracts the BCCI enters into, and all contracts in excess of that amount would need the committee’s approval.
What is the issue?
- The Lodha committee appointed by the Supreme Court had recommended a complete overhaul the cricket, the most popular sport in India.
- The committee had recommended sweeping reforms in BCCI’s administrative and governance structures from top to grassroot levels and on the issue of transparency.
- The most important set of recommendations were aimed at transforming the entire power structure in the BCCI.
- However, BCCI’s position was that it could not implement the Committee’s recommendations as majority of its state associations are not agreeing to do so.
- These state associations were reluctant to accept Committee’s recommendations such as one-state-one-vote policy, the age cap of 70 years for administrators and the limit of three, three-year terms with cooling-off periods in between for office bearers.