Cricket Current Affairs - 2019
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The Supreme Court has accepted major recommendations of Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), the world’s richest cricketing body.
The committee had submitted its recommendations to Supreme Court in January 2016. The committee was constituted by SC to bring structural reforms in the country after it had come under the scanner for its opaque functioning and conflict of interests among its top office-bearers.
Approved Recommendations are
- Barring ministers and civil servants and those above 70 years of age from becoming BCCI members. An office-bearer of BCCI cannot hold a post for more than three years.
- Parliament to decide whether BCCI should come under the Right to Information Act (RTI). There should be a player’s association in the BCCI
- Disallowing BCCI office-bearer from holding dual posts simultaneously i.e. in a state cricket association and in the BCCI.
- Only to team representing the respective states. Each state should have only one vote.
- Member of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to be included in the BCCI’s governing council.
For more details: Recommendations of Lodha Committee
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former spinner Anil Kumble (45) as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team. He will have tenure of one year.
The decision of his selection was taken in the BCCI working committee meeting in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Earlier the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had proposed his name after interviewing 57 candidates.
As a head coach of Indian Cricket Team, Kumble’s first assignment will be India’s four-Test tour of West Indies.
About Anil Kumble
- In his 18 years (from 1990 to 2008) of cricket career, he had played 132 Tests and 271 One Day Internationals (ODIs) matches.
- Till date, he is India’s highest wicket-taker (1136 wickets). In his career, he had taken 619 test wickets and 337 ODI wickets
- At international level, he is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after Muttiah Muralidaran (800 wickets) and Shane Warne (708 wickets).
- He is only the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker in Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings. He had achieved this feat in a test match against Pakistan in 1999 in Delhi.
- He was appointed Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee in 2012 and still holds the position.
- He also had served as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy and BCCI’s Technical Committee. In IPL, he had mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
- Awards and Honours: Padma Shri (2005), Arjuna Award (1995), Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1996). He was inducted into ICC’s Cricket Hall of Fame in 2015.