BCCI awaits SC directions on implementation of reforms

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the Supreme Court that it was facing technical difficulties in implementing the Lodha committee reforms because three-fourths of the state associations were not willing to comply with the recommendations.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur admitted on Monday that he had sought a letter from the ICC but denied the charge that it was to scuttle Lodha panel’s recommendations.

Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanian, who is assisting the court on this issue, wanted the apex court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against BCCI for being defiant and failing to implement its panel’s recommendations.

BCCI lawyer Kapil Sibal requested the Supreme Court to give some more time to persuade the state associations, but the court rejected the plea.

Kapil Sibal again tried to convince the court that the states, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur do not reserve voting rights because there is no cricketing activity there and sponsors would not invest in these states.

After hearing the two-hour long arguments on appointing administrators to oversee the richest cricket board, the bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur reserved its verdict.

The apex court has reserved its order on the directions to be passed on the BCCI regarding the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations.

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