Why BCCI Follows British Legacy And Its Logo Too?

Prof Sridhar Acharyulu, Central Information Commissioner, questions the Board of Control for Cricket in India on its logo which is derived from the symbol of British Raj, derived from the emblem of the Order of the Star of India. He asks why not BCCI adopt Ashok Chakra or Four Lions as symbol.
Why BCCI follows British Legacy and its Logo too

CIC Sridhar Acharyulu questions

The Central Information Commission in its order dated 9th June 2017, pointed out that BCCI is using the logo designed by British Raj. CIC Prof Sridhar Acharyulu questioned: “The logo of BCCI derived from the emblem of the Order of the Star of India, symbol used by the British Raj. India gained Independence from British Raj, but Indian Cricket is yet to be relieved from logo designed by and reflecting British Raj. Why BCCI has in its logo a British Star, why not Ashoka’s Chakra or four lions, why ‘Satyameva Jayathe’ is not the motto of BCCI? Whether our team is Indian or British Indian? Symbol of BCCI is similar to the representation of the star of the order on the mantle of British Raj (see left). After First War of Indian Independence in 1857, to consolidate its sovereignty over India, British Crown created a new order of knighthood to honour loyal Indian Princes. No such honours were given after 1948. Did anybody notice that the BCCI is still hanging on to this colonial legacy, ‘symbolically’, & our team flags this logo even today?”

BCCI is National Sports Federation

The Commission said that practically the BCCI is acting like National Sports Federation, which has to be a public authority. Hearing a second appeal filed by Mr Om Prakash Kashiram, the CIC, in its order on 9th June 2017, pointed out that the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee has recommended to declare BCCI as public authority under Section 2(h) of Right to Information Act, which was also approved by the apex court.  Applicant asked under what authority and provisions of the Constitution the BCCI is selecting Indian Cricket team for international tournaments. The Ministry of sports said it has no information about it and expressed its inability to transfer RTI request to BCCI as the board was claiming it was not public authority.  The Ministry said that the Bill to declare each National Sports Federation as public authority as public authority under RTI Act was pending.

Govt’s de-facto recognition

The Supreme Court held in different cases that the BCCI was performing state like public functions and hence shall be answerable to the public in general. In 2016 judgment the apex court approved the recommendation of the Lodha Committee to bring BCCI under the purview of RTI Act. The Law Commission was advised by Supreme Court to guide the Government of India to declare BCCI as public authority.

The apex court held that the Government has granted de-facto recognition to the BCCI and continues to recognize it as the apex national body for regulating the game of cricket in India. The BCCI has tacit recognition or approval/ sanction from Government for selecting the Indian Team which gave it complete monopoly with deep and all pervasive control over the sport of Cricket in India.

As explained by apex court in BCCI case it is amenable to the writ jurisdiction of the High Court under Article 226 even when it is not ‘State’ within the meaning of Article 12. The rationale underlying that view lies in the “nature of duties and functions” which the BCCI performs. It is common ground that the Board has a complete sway over the game of cricket in this country. …. It exercises the power of disqualifying players which may at times put an end to the sporting career of a person. It spends crores of rupees on building and maintaining infrastructure like stadia, running of cricket academies and Supporting State Associations. It frames pension schemes and incurs expenditure on coaches, trainers etc. It sells broadcast and telecast rights and collects admission fee to venues where the matches are played. All these activities are undertaken with the tacit concurrence of the State Government and the Government of India who are not only fully aware but supportive of the activities of the Board. The State has not chosen to bring any law or taken any other step that would either deprive or dilute the Board’s monopoly in the field of cricket. On the contrary, the Government of India have allowed the Board to select the national team which is then recognized by all concerned and applauded by the entire nation including at times by the highest of the dignitaries when they win tournaments and bring laurels home. Those distinguishing themselves in the international arena are conferred highest civilian awards like the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri apart from sporting awards instituted by the Government. Such is the passion for this game in this country that cricketers are seen as icons by youngsters, middle aged and the old alike. Any organization or entity that has such pervasive control over the game and its affairs and such powers as can make dreams end up in smoke or come true cannot be said to be undertaking any private activity.

Monopoly over the cricket

In Board of Control for Cricket in India & Anr. v. Netaji Cricket Club and Ors. (2005) 4 SCC 741, Supreme Court referred to monopoly status of BCCI, and said: “The Board is a society registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. It enjoys a monopoly status as regards regulation of the sport of cricket in terms of its Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association. It controls the sport of cricket and lays down the law therefor. It inter alia enjoys benefits by way of tax exemption and right to use stadia at nominal annual rent. It earns a huge revenue not only by selling tickets to viewers but also selling right to exhibit films live on TV and broadcasting the same. Ordinarily, its full members are the State associations except Association of Indian Universities, Railway Sports Control Board and Services Sports Control Board. As a member of ICC, it represents the country in the international fora. It exercises enormous public functions. It has the authority to select players, umpires and officials to represent the country in the international fora. It exercises total control over the players, umpires and other officers. The Rules of the Board clearly demonstrate that without its recognition no competitive cricket can be hosted either within or outside the country. Its control over the sport of competitive cricket is deeply pervasive and complete. In law, there cannot be any dispute that having regard to the enormity of power exercised by it, the Board is bound to follow the doctrine of “fairness” and “good faith” in all its activities.

Peoples’ Right to know about BCCI’s actions

Justice Lodha Committee has opined that people of the country have a right to know the details about the functions of the BCCI and its activities and recommends to the legislature to bring BCCI within the purview of the RTI Act as a public authority.

The Supreme Court said: As a possible first step in the direction in bringing BCCI under purview of Right to Information Act, we expect the Law Commission of India to examine the issue and make a suitable recommendation to the Government”.

Prof Acharyulu finally said: As the nation looks to transparent functioning BCI, the CIC expects: In the interest of good governance and healthy cricket, to avoid scams like match fixing, conflict of interests, misappropriation of public money etc besides upholding the sporting spirit, the BCCI should get ready to be fully transparent in all its functions, or conduct itself like a responsible National Sports Federation, and voluntarily publish its information to public as if it is the public authority under RTI Act till the Union of India formally declared it as the Public Authority through appropriate means.

The cricket fans are expecting the Vinod Rai Committee of Administrators to make BCCI functioning fully transparent.  The BCCI under the administration of the Committee of Administrators has to do maximum disclosure on its own, reducing the need to file any RTI. It has to respect apex court’s order by establishing on its own, an RTI wing.  The Committee of Administration and the CEO need to immediately initiate efforts to find the facts on the issues raised by Mr Ramachandra Guha, take necessary steps to prevent wrongs, if found to have been committed. It should also come up with Citizen’s Charter on their official website. As Lodha Committee and the apex court pointed out that BCCI did not even publish its own constitution, bylaws, rules and regulations which amounts to refusal to disclose basic material, it is the duty of CoA to publish all such material on its website in both Hindi and English.

The Law Commission has to inform what is their contemplated plan and the timeline, taking into account the urgency in view of the happenings in BCCI and cricket world. The MoYAS has to inform Supreme Court, this Commission and the appellant, its efforts to coordinate with Law Commission, CoA, Lodha Committee, or Attorney General of India to expedite the process of bringing a bill or adopting appropriate legal measures to declare BCCI as public Authority under RTI Act.

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CIC Asks Union Government: Are you making Sports Fraud Prevention Law?

Central Information Commissioner Professor Sridhar Acharyulu has asked the Union Government as to why it did not implement its decision to treat BCCI as a public authority and bring it under the purview of RTI?
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The Central Information Commission asked why did not the Government of India, PMO or the MoYAS take any measures to implement its declaration that the BCCI as public authority under RTI Act, as per its answer to Lok Sabha. In a second appeal filed by RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, the Commissioner Professor M Sridhar Acharyulu on 16th June 2017 observed, “why are not they bringing a uniform policy for rewarding winning international sports persons to prevent unhealthy competition for publicity among Governments?”  Mr Acharyulu said that the Government has to answer other two questions like Why the sports frauds like match fixing and betting are not prohibited and action was not being taken effectively? What is the status of action on the Bill to prevent sports frauds?

The PMO, Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to explain their stand as part of their obligation under Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act,  more importantly it has to answer the Supreme Court, Lodha Committee and the appellant why RTI is not being implemented by BCCI, if it is recognized as National Sports Federation, within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order, observed Mr Acharyulu.

The Commission also recommends that the Government of India to consider shifting the subject of sports from States List in the Constitution of India to the Concurrent List to facilitate a uniform policy and law on the sports bodies, National Sports Federations including BCCI to be accountable, answerable as public authorities under RTI Act.

The Commission has referred to answer of Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs to Lok Sabha, saying, “The need for bringing National Sports Federations (NSFs) including BCCI under ambit of Right to Information act, (RTI) 2005 has been voiced from time to time. Accordingly, Government in April, 2010 declared all the NSFs receiving grant of Rs. 10.00 lakhs or more as Public Authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI, 2005. There are major court rulings for treating the National Sports Federation as a public authorities, especially in view of the state-like function discharged by them such as selection of the national team and control and regulation of sports in the country, which also make them amenable to the writ jurisdiction of High Courts under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. Notwithstanding the above, the Government has proposed to bring all the National Sports Federations including BCCI under the RTI Act in the proposed Draft National Sports Development Bill with provision of exclusion clause protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes.”

The Minister also said: In so far as BCCI, in particular, is concerned, Government of India has been treating BCCI as a National Sports Federation and approving the proposal of BCCI for holding the events in India and participation in International events abroad. The Central Government does not extend any direct financial assistance to BCCI.  But the Central Government has been granting concessions in Income tax, customs duty, etc. to BCCI. The State Governments also have provided land in many places to the Cricket Associations.

As per the Section 80(G) 92) (viii) (c) and sum paid by the assesses, being a company, in the previous year as donations to the Indian Olympic Association or to any other association or institutions established in India, as the Central Government may, having regard to the prescribed guidelines, by notifications in the officials gazette specify in this behalf for (i) the development of infrastructure for sports and games; (ii) the sponsorship of sports and games. For being eligible under the above Act BCCI was registered under Section 12 (a) read with Section 17 (a) as an charitable institution and was availing tax exemptions. Department of Revenue has informed that the registration granted to BCCI under section 12A of the Act was withdrawn in December 2009 with effect from 1 June, 2006.

Regarding tax exemptions given to BCCI considering it as Charitable Organization, the Minister told Loksabha the following:

S. No.Annual yearAmount of exemption
1.1997-1998Rs. 11,01,44,329/-
2.1998-1999Rs. 1,818,20,87,740/-
3.1999-2000Rs. 8,37,14,734/-
4.2000-2001Rs. 36,01,22,999/-
5.2001-2002Rs. 42,98,07,762/-
6.2002-2003Rs. 31,46,41,089/-
7.2003-2004Rs. 26,28,78,110/-
8.2004-2005Rs. 33,46,89,451/-
9.2005-2006Rs. 32,99,98,557/-
10.2006-2007Rs. 127,51,52,718/-

From 2007-2008 onwards assessees registrations under section 12A of the Act has been withdrawn and assessed income has also been indicated as under:-

S.No.Annual YearAssessed IncomeDemand
1.2007-2008Rs. 274,86,30,510/-Rs. 118,03,75,711/-
2.2008-2009Rs. 608,30,07,010/-Rs. 257,12,20,954/-

It is clear that the BCCI was enjoying tax exemptions up to Thousands Crore of Rupees as mentioned above. This answer also shows that the Government of India categorically decided to make the BCCI a public authority. Assuming that no financial assistance is rendered by the Government of India to BCCI, it has been treating BCCI as a National Sports Federation and approving the proposal of BCCI for holding the events in India and participation in International events abroad. This is the clear grant of monopoly to BCCI over the Cricket in India. This is the key grant that facilitates the BCCI to make very huge income.

The Commissioner felt that the Union should also answer: “Why the Indian Cricket team even now carrying the logo of BCCI instead of sporting the Union of India symbol? Why the BCCI is still using the logo designed by British Raj in 1928 which resembles 90 per cent the symbol of star of India given by British Raj to his loyal princes, as mentioned in the order of CIC in CIC/MOYAS/A/2017/116693 on 9.6.2017? Why the Government of India does not change it to truly Indian Symbol with either tricolor or four lions or Ashoka’s Dharm Chakra or any other logo decided by the Government of India?”  (Based on the order of M Sridhar Acharyulu, Central Information Commissioner in Subhash Chandra Agrawal v Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, on 16.6.2017)

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Dhawan In, Gambhir And Harbhajan Miss The Bus

Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik are the stand-by players.

Shikhar Dhawan along with dependable hitters Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have made into the Indian cricket team as the BCCI picked them for the upcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 1.

But senior players Gautam Gambhir and spinner Harbhajan Singh were not included in the squad.

BCCI selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said Indian has fair chances of winning the Trophy as almost all the players are in good form, thanks to a good IPL season.

Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik are the stand-by players for the ICC Champions Trophy.

“The stand-by players will be issued visas and will practise at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru,” said Prasad.

The Virat Kohli-led squad has no surprises with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pacer Mohammed Shami making it back to the team after their respective injury layoffs.

India will start their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4.

Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane

Stand-bys: Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik.

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Ind vs Aus: Curator Blames BCCI For Bad Pitch

Mumbai: After a humiliating defeat by Australia at MCA, Pune, Indian team is now in search of reasons for the failure. Critics say the loss is mainly due to the preparation of the pitch and pointed their fingers towards curator of MCA.

BCCI changed the pitch a day before the match; we prepared good test wicket pitch with grass left on it. But by the order of BCCI’s Chief curator Daljeeth Singh, we removed the grass which showed impact on the pitch and match, MCA curator Pandurang blamed BCCI.

Senior cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Kaif expressed the same opinion that the pitch is not suitable for test match. After receiving match referee’s report on pitch, ICC panel has given BCCI 14 days to respond on the issue.
Australia beat India in first Test which is a worst ever defeat by home country in test matches. India could not score more than 110 runs in each innings. This defeat gave a break to India’s unbeaten run of 19 test win.

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BCCI asks England Cricket Board to bear team expenses

MUMBAI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke has requested the England Cricket Board (ECB) to bear the expenses of its team during England’s upcoming tour of India.

Shirke said that the BCCI is not in a position to sign the MoU with the ECB now due to restrictions on execution of contracts imposed on the BCCI by a court order.

“Please make arrangements to remit such payments. The BCCI will inform you as and when further instructions are received by the BCCI from the Lodha Committee. I apologise on behalf of the BCCI for inconvenience that is being caused,” Shirke added.

The BCCI had contacted the Lodha committee seeking approval for the MoU, but directions regarding payments could only be given after the BCCI provided more information about the transactions involved.

It is understood that Shirke then sent the committee the unsigned MoU via email late on November 3 evening, but despite being asked for details the email did not contain what the Lodha Committee wanted.

On October 21, the Supreme Court had asked Shirke and Thakur to meet the Lodha Committee in two weeks’ time and placed several restrictions on the board’s ability to enter into contracts.

The Lodha Committee then asked the BCCI for an undertaking from Thakur that the board would implement the Supreme Court order of October 21, a step that would indicate that the BCCI was willing to implement the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. As of November 3, Thakur had not given such an undertaking and he and Shirke had not met the committee either.

This obstinate attitude of the BCCI is putting the England series in jeopardy, according to a source close to the Lodha Committee.

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No scrutiny of IPL bids without reforms Lodha Panel tells BCCI

NEW DELHI: The Lodha Committee has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it would not scrutinise multi-billion dollar IPL rights unless BCCI totally implements all reforms as per Supreme Court order in cricket administration.

Earlier on Monday, BCCI said that it would not be possible for them to go ahead with IPL media rights bid process which was scheduled for Tuesday. BCCI tendered apology to all potential bidders and stakeholders.

“In the absence of permission from the committee to go ahead with the process scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday), the BCCI is unable to do so,” said a BCCI statement late Monday night.

Eighteen companies, including social networking giants like Facebook and Twitter, had bought the tender documents. BCCI had appointed M/S Deloitte to supervise the submission, opening and assessment of the bids.

The Board is expecting to garner $3-4 billion for the next ten years through the global tender.

As the Supreme Court entrusted the Lodha committee with the mandate of overseeing the tender process, it is now the custodian of the IPL tender process and has to take all actions to safeguard the IPL tender and the interests of BCCI and cricket in India.

Further, BCCI has sent all the IPL media rights tender documents to the committee along with the relevant documents which are yet to be issued to the potential bidders.

On October 21, the SC had ordered the BCCI to completely freeze release of funds for state associations, even for conducting cricket matches. It had also directed Lodha panel to appoint an independent auditor to scrutinize the  Board’s income and expenses. Also, high-value contracts to be awarded by the board would need prior approval from the Lodha panel after scrutiny by the independent auditor.

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BCCI agrees to use DRS on experimental basis

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to use Decision Review System (DRS) in bilateral series on an experimental basis starting against England later this year.

The ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice and a representative from Hawk-Eye, the ball-tracking technology provider, met top BCCI officials along with India coach Anil Kumble in Delhi recently.

Most of the Test playing nations are using DRS in bilateral series. Earlier, BCCI declined to use DRS because of the inaccuracies in ball-tracking technology used to adjudge lbws. The BCCI said the predicted path after the ball hit the pad was not reliable.

Allardice focused on the independent assessment of the technologies used in the DRS, which was carried out by engineers from the field-intelligence unit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. The Hawk-Eye presentation explained how ball-tracking technology has been enhanced over the last couple of years.

In a media release on Friday, the BCCI said it was satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by the Board over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent.

The significant changes, which have been effected, include the introduction of ultramotion cameras that will calculate the predictive path which allows the ball tracking to be more accurate.

The introduction of the ‘Ultra edge’, which has been approved by MIT, will also be used during the series. Ultra edge also ensures that post impact balls do not affect the predicted path or impact point and hence the accuracy has been improved.

The first of the five Tests againt England will be played in Rajkot from November 9.

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SC tightens screws on BCCI, limits financial freedom

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has passed an order limiting the financial freedom of BCCI to force the board and its state associations to comply with all the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. The court released the order, which was reserved on Monday after hearing, on Friday.

According to the order, the BCCI stop distributing funds to the state associations until they comply with the Lodha Committee recommendations by submitting affidavits of compliance to the court and Lodha Committee within two weeks. The court also directed the Lodha panel to fix a limit on the value of contracts the BCCI can enter into, all contracts above the limit should go through the committee. The next major contract for the board is the broadcast rights for the IPL, set to be finalised on October 25. The court also said the committee should appoint an independent auditor to scrutinise the BCCI’s accounts.

The court also asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur to give an undertaking to comply with the Lodha panel’s recommendations and court orders by 3rd December. Snubbing Anurag Thakur, the apex court told him on Friday to appear before the Lodha Panel and explain why he could not implement its recommendation. The SC was curt when it said that not a penny can be given to state associations. The BCCI accounts have been frozen.

Anurag Thakur had said in his affidavit that the panel cannot interfere in the working of the BCCI since it enjoyed autonomy which is necessary for the development of cricket in India. The BCCI is accused of using and misusing and abusing the funds and powers that the cricketing body gives to its office bearers. The BCCI earlier threatened to call off India-New Zealand series if it was compelled to implement the recommendations of the Lodha panel. Critics call the office bearers and other important people running the cricket show in the country BCCI blackmailers. 

In its report submitted to the Supreme Court, the apex court-appointed Lodha Committee had stated that the BCCI was not implementing its recommendations aimed at reforming the country’s cricket governing body.

The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by BCCI’s 30-member Board, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.

There has been a running battle between the Lodha panel and the BCCI for months. BCCI has been refusing to fall in line. It met several times after the panel gave its recommendations only to reject them. The BCCI has been enjoying autonomy and Anurag Thakur argued that he would not allow the autonomy to be compromised. Now, the BCCI president was given two weeks to implement the recommendations. The hearing was adjourned to December 6.

The main recommendation of Justice Lodha Committee was that one state association should have one vote. It is contrary to the present practice in which influential associations enjoy undue advantage. Critics say there are some persons who have been hanging around in the BCCI for more than 20 years monopolizing the show.

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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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Last chance for BCCI to convince SC on objections to reforms

New Delhi: BCCI state association members again decided to oppose some of the important Lodha Panel reforms proposals which threaten their autonomy at a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday.

“We maintain that there are certain clauses that are practically not implementable. Our legal counsel Kapil Sibal will continue with arguments on Monday,” a senior Board official said.

The decision to oppose ‘One State One Vote, One person One post, age gap, cooling off period’ were taken after a meeting of the representative of its full members.

Other important issues like Anurag Thakur’s affidavit, to be submitted to the Supreme Court, were also discussed during SGM. A Board official said the affidavit would be submitted on Monday.

The Supreme Court had directed Thakur to file an affidavit and clarify whether he had asked the ICC to write that Lodha Recommendations amounted to government interference. This was reportedly claimed by ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson in recent media interactions.

Monday’s Supreme Court hearing is the last chance for the BCCI to put forth its objections that they feel would affect the functioning of the board.

However, some state associations expressed their willingness to comply all Lodha committee recommendations. The state associations which are in favour of Lodha reforms are Tripura, Vidarbha, Hyderabad and Rajasthan.

Now it is up to Supreme Court to take a final call on the Lodha reforms process.

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  • సంక్షోభం దిశగా బీసీసీఐ

హైదరాబాద్: లోఢా కమిటీ సూచించిన సంస్కరణల అమలు విషయంలో ఇప్పటికీ మొండికేస్తూనే ఉన్న భారత్ క్రికెట్ కంట్రోల్ బోర్డు (బీసీసీఐ) పై సుప్రీం కోర్టు మరోసారి మండిపడింది. రాష్ట్రాల  క్రికెట్ సంఘాలకు నిధులు విడుదల చేయద్దని బీసీసీఐని ఆదేశించింది. అలాగే, లోఢా కమిటీ సిఫార్సులకు కట్టుబడి ఉంటామని హామీ ఇస్తూ అఫిడవిట్ దాఖలు చేసేవరకు ఇప్పటికే విడుడల చేసిన నిధులను అవి ఉపయోగించడానికి వీల్లేదని శాసించింది. అంతవరకు క్రికెట్ సంఘాలు ఆ నిధులను ఫిక్సుడు డిపాజిట్ చేయాలని చెప్పింది.

లోఢా కమిటీ చేసిన కొన్ని సిఫార్సులను మాత్రమే ఒప్పుకున్న బీసీసీఐ కొన్నింటిని తిరస్కరించింది. ముఖ్యంగా రాజకీయనాయకుల ప్రాబల్యంలో బీసీసీఐ ఉండకూడదని, 70 ఏళ్ళు దాటినవారిని పదవుల్లో ఉంచడానికి వీల్లేదని చేసిన సిఫార్సులు బీసీసీఐకి మింగుడుపడడం లేదని తెలుస్తోంది. క్రికెట్ సంఘాలపై పెత్తనాన్ని చాలాకాలంగా రాజకీయనాయకులే సాగిస్తున్న సంగతి తెలిసినదే.  దానివల్ల కొన్ని ఇతర లాభాలు ఉన్నా క్రికెట్ ఆడిన అనుభవం ఉన్న వారికి బోర్డులో నాయకత్వం లేకపోవడం సమస్యలను సృష్టిస్తోందనే అభిప్రాయం ఉంది.  వీటితోపాటు ఇలాంటి  మిగిలిన మరికొన్ని సిఫార్సులను కూడా అమలుచేస్తామని హామీ ఇవ్వడానికి బీసీసీఐ గురువారం నిరాకరించింది. దాంతో చర్య తీసుకోవలసివస్తుందని సుప్రీం కోర్టు హెచ్చరించిన పరిస్థితిలో బీసీఐలో ఉన్నత స్థాయిలో సంక్షోభం తలెత్తే అవకాశాలు కనిపిస్తున్నాయి.

కమిటీ సిఫార్సులను అమలులోకి తెచ్చేవరకు రాష్ట్రాల సంఘాలకు నిధులు విడుదల చేయొద్దని చెప్పినప్పటికీ సెప్టెంబర్ 29న రూ. 400 కోట్లు ఎందుకు విడుదల చేశారని సుప్రీం కోర్టు అడిగినప్పుడు, సిఫార్సుల కంటే ముందే గత ఏడాది నవంబర్ లో తీసుకున్న నిర్ణయం ప్రకారం నిధులు విడుదల చేశామని బీసీసీఐ చెప్పింది. అయితే, అందుకు సంబంధించిన లిఖిత ఆధారాలు చూపలేకపోయింది.  సంస్కరణల అమలు  బాధ్యత రాష్ట్రాల క్రికెట్ సంఘాలదనీ, బీసీసీఐకి వాటిపై ఎలాంటి కంట్రోలూ లేదని బీసీసీఐ అన్నప్పుడు, మరి నిధులు ఎందుకిస్తున్నారని కోర్టు అడిగింది.

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SC tells BCCI: Shape up or ship out

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given an ultimatum to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to implement all the Lodha Committee recommendations to bring in more transparency in BCCI’s governance in its hearing on Thursday.

In a scathing observation, the apex court asked the BCCI to give an undertaking by Friday to shape up or ship out. “Stop wasting time. Give an undertaking that you will abide by the recommendations or we will pass an order,” Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said.

The Supreme Court order on Friday could either an extension of the deadline to implement all the Lodha panel reforms or form a committee that will supersede the current BCCI bosses and execute the reforms. A defiant and cornered BCCI is now looking for ways to get out of the mess.

The Supreme Court has also instructed the BCCI not to disburse funds to its affiliated units not willing to implement the Lodha Committee reforms. “Don’t disburse money to associations who are reluctant to be reformed. Why you are disbursing money in a hurry,” the court asked. The BCCI has transferred close to Rs 400 crore as infrastructure grant to its state units by September end.

The court also hinted that the BCCI was instigating the state units to oppose the Lodha reforms. “You are in the forefront of defiance giving leads to the state associations… you are trying to oppose the Lodha panel.”

BCCI has been dragging its feet on implementing the Lodha panel recommendations which were made binding on the Board on July 18 this year. The Board failed its first deadline on September 30 by which it had to implement the Memorandum of Association and Rules.

While it has cherry-picked a few reforms, the BCCI had been steadfastly opposing the Lodha committee’s one-state-one-vote proposal, age and tenure caps, saying it was governed by the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975 and not a Supreme Court-appointed committee.

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More money for Test players

New Delhi: In an attempt to make Test cricket more attractive and lucrative, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has doubled Test players’ remuneration.

Accordingly, Test players’ match fees will be doubled from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for those playing XI and from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for reserve players.

“I have always maintained that we need to do more for Test cricket and cricketers both, and this is the first step in that direction,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur told reporters on Saturday.

“We can’t shy away from the trend [of being attracted to well-paying T20 leagues] that we are witnessing among new cricketers,” he added.

Presently, Indian team is playing a three-match Test series at home against New Zealand. The home season includes 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20s. This is the highest number of home Tests in a season for India.

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee had asked the BCCI not to take any decisions concerning 2016-17 till decisions on restructuring the board were in place.

It is to be seen whether changes on match fees will be accepted by the apex court in view of the Lodha Committee recommendations.

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BCCI accepts some, rejects key proposals of Lodha Committee

Mumbai: Fearing more strictures from the apex court, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at last accepted some of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee at a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday. However, it left  out some key recommendations.

According to news reports, on the second day of SGM, the full members voted on every major issue in the judgment and gave reasons why they were accepting or rejecting the recommendations.

The BCCI said in a statement that the board had unanimously adopted some significant recommendations made by the Lodha panel. Among these are:

  • Formation of various committees, including those for the differently-abled and women.
  • Induction of a representative of Comptroller and Auditor General as a member of the Apex Council as well as the IPL Governing Council.
  • Formation of the players association and their representation on the panel. CEO has been authorised to contact the steering committee as proposed and commence the formation of the cricket players association.

Agent Registration Norms were also adopted.

  • Voting rights to the Associate Members as per the International Cricket Council guidelines.
  • Puducherry to be granted associate membership as proposed.
  • Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, Anti-Doping Code, Anti-Racism Code, Anti-Corruption Code and Operational Rules for the next IPL season.
  • Formation of apex council with some modifications.

The BCCI rejected reforms pertaining to the one-state one-vote policy, the age limit of 70 years for office bearers of the board, and cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators.

The board also decided to continue with the five-selector policy and retain the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board. The Lodha panel has asked the BCCI to form a three-member selection committee.

The Lodha Committee took particular exception to several of the decisions taken at the BCCI AGM in Mumbai on September 21. It said that the unanimous selection of Ajay Shirke as secretary, the constitution of the all-India selection committees, the decision to authorise the president and the secretary to appoint a new ombudsman following the completion of the tenure of Justice AP Shah, the move to have Anurag Thakur representing the BCCI in the ICC and the Asian Cricket Council with Sharad Pawar as the alternate director for ICC meetings and Shirke as the BCCI representative in the ICC chief executive committee meeting were all in violation of the directives issued by the Lodha committee on August 31.

Post the meeting, BCCI President Anurag Thakur spoke to the media and said the board will be sending their response to the Supreme Court and replying with their reasoning of why certain recommendations were not accepted – for legal reasons or otherwise.

The BCCI has time till October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel status report submitted to the Supreme Court last week.

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BCCI requests ICC not to put India and Pakistan in same group

Mumbai: In the light of escalating tensions with Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) not to place India and Pakistan in the same group in global events on Friday.

The last bilateral series between the two arch rivals took place in 2012. But in global events like World Cup and Champions Trophy, both teams routinely play each other.

“Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.

Because of high viewership and monetary benefits that Indo-Pak matches garner, the ICC always try to place both teams in the same group.

According to media reports, this issue was discussed on the sidelines of Special General Meeting of BCCI in Mumbai.

“If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can’t be avoided,” Thakur added.

Earlier this year, the arch-rivals had played in the ICC World T20 that saw hosts India beat Pakistan by six wickets.

Next global event, the Champions Trophy, is to be held in the UK on June 4th next year at Edgbaston.

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SC to BCCI: ‘Fall in line, or…’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has advised the BCCI to follow the court’s directive to implement Lodha committee’s recommendations, otherwise it will take measures to enforce them.

The chief justice of India TS Thakur told the BCCI’s counsel to respond back in a week.

As news reports suggest the Supreme Court is very angry on BCCI for stalling the Lodha committee recommendations and in a stinging remark, the chief justice of India TS Thakur said, “BCCI thinks it is law unto itself,” and added “We know how to get our orders implemented. BCCI thinks it is the lord. You better fall in line or we will make you fall in line. The conduct of the BCCI is in poor taste.”

Thakur was responding to a status report submitted by Lodha Committee on Wednesday to Supreme Court in which, the Lodha Committee had asked the Supreme Court to “supersede” the BCCI’s top brass with “immediate effect” because its officials had not complied with various timelines set by the committee to implement the recommendations passed by the Supreme Court order on July 18.

“BCCI, it seems, will go to the extent of defying court orders,” Thakur said. “We had been anticipating such disregard from the board. We don’t appreciate such tactics by the BCCI. We have no difficulty in passing orders to make sure our previous orders are implemented.”

In the wake of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, the Lodha panel was formed by the Supreme Court to bring reforms in the BCCI. The BCCI has offered resistance to the Lodha Committee’s recommendations, having filed a review petition last month against the Supreme Court’s order.

In the petition, the BCCI called the court order “unreasoned” and asked for the recusal of chief justice Thakur from its hearing. However, the court raised technical objections to the petition and asked the BCCI to repair them.

Next hearing on the BCCI’s reply is slated to be taken up on October 6.

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Gautam Gambhir back in tests

Mumbai: Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir returned to test team after a gap of two years as a replacement to injured KL Rahul for remaining two tests against New Zealand. Rahul picked up right hamstring injury in Kanpur test, while running between the wickets.

Also, fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who missed the first test with chikungunya is also not fully recovered and replaced with new comer Haryana off spinner Jayant Yadav for second test.

Gambhir performed exceptionally well in recently concluded Duleep Trophy matches. He averaged 71 in the domestic first class tournament. Even BCCI sources say that with 12 home test matches to be played in this season, Team India needs some experience at the top.

The 34-year-old left hander, who played last time for India in 2014 against England, tweeted about how excited and nervous he is to represent India again in whites.

“Excitement of a debutant, certainty of experienced, nervousness of a novice…am feeling feeling it all. Eden here I come loaded with ambitions.” Gambhir tweeted.

Gambhir also thanked BCCI and his supporters after getting another chance to don India cap again.

Gambhir’s overall test record is quiet impressive with 4046 runs in 56 Tests at an average of 42.58, with nine centuries and he represented India’s Test team between 2008 and 2012.

At present, Indian team is having two specialist openers without Gambhir. But Shikhar Dhawan’s form is patchy in recent past. This may give Gambhir certain place in playing eleven for second test.

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బీసీసీఐ ‘ఆట’కట్టు?

  • సుప్రీం కోర్టు సీరియస్
  • “మీకు మీరే చట్టం అనుకుంటున్నారా?” అంటూ మండిపాటు
  • ఉన్నత స్థానంలో ఉన్నవారినందరినీ తొలగించాలన్న లోఢా కమిటీ

న్యూ ఢిల్లీ: సుప్రీం కోర్టు భారత క్రికెట్ కంట్రోల్ బోర్డ్ (బీసీసీఐ) పై చాలా సీరియస్ అయింది. “ఏం, మీకు మీరే చట్టం అనుకుంటున్నారా? దారికి వచ్చారా సరే, లేకపోతే ఉత్తర్వులు జారీ చేయాల్సి వస్తుందని” సుప్రీం కోర్టు ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి టీ.ఎస్.ఠాకూర్ హెచ్చరించారు. ఒక ఉన్నతాధికార కమిటీ ఇచ్చిన రిపోర్ట్ పై బీసీసీఐ నుంచి ఇలాంటి ప్రవర్తనను ఊహించలేదన్నారు.

2013లో ఐపీఎల్ స్పాట్ ఫిక్సింగ్, బెట్టింగ్ కుంభకోణాలు వెలుగు చూసిన సందర్భంలో బీసీసీఐ లో తేవలసిన సంస్కరణలను సూచించడానికి సుప్రీం కోర్టు మాజీ ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి ఆర్.ఎం.లోఢా నాయకత్వంలో కోర్టు ఒక కమిటీని నియమించింది. కమిటీ బుధవారం నాడు కోర్టుకు తన నివేదికను సమర్పించింది. బోర్డు పరిపాలనా వ్యవస్థలో తీసుకురావలసిన మార్పుల గురించి కమిటీ చేసిన సిఫార్సులను బోర్డు నాయకత్వం పట్టించుకోలేదని సుప్రీం కోర్టుకు తెలిపింది. బోర్డులో ఇప్పుడు ఉన్నత స్థానాలలో ఉన్నవారినందరినీ తొలగించాలని సూచించింది. పాత వ్యవస్థనునుంచి కొత్త వ్యవస్థకు సాఫీగా మళ్లేలా చూడడానికి కొందరు అడ్మినిస్ట్రేటర్లను నియమించాలని సిఫార్సు చేసింది.

అంతకుముందు, సెప్టెంబర్ 30లోగా తన పాలనా వ్యవస్థలో మార్పులు చేయాలనీ, డిసెంబర్ 15లోగా వర్కింగ్ కమిటీ స్థానంలో 9 మంది సభ్యులతో ఎపెక్స్ కమిటీని ఏర్పాటు చేయాలనీ లోఢా కమిటీ బీసీసీఐకి గడువు విధించింది.

కమిటీ సిఫార్సులను బీసీసీఐ ఉల్లంఘిస్తూ, సెప్టెంబర్ 21 న వార్షిక సర్వసభ్య సమావేశం జరిపి కొన్ని నియామకాలు చేసింది. సుప్రీం కోర్టు అక్టోబర్ 6 కు తదుపరి విచారణను వాయిదా వేసింది.

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BCCI felicitates former India captains

Kanpur: On the eve of India’s 500 th Test match, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) felicitated all former India’s Captains before the start of first test match between India and New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on September 22.

On behalf of BCCI, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association honoured with momentos all former India captains of both men and women cricket. Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Sastri, Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, K Srikanth, Anil Kumble, Azharuddin, MS Dhoni and others graced the occasion.

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New Zealand Test Series Team Decided

  • Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan retained
  • Shardul Thakur and Stuart Binny left out

New Delhi: Indian team is getting ready to take on New Zealand in three test series, starting September 22. Indian selectors have retained 15 of the 17 cricketers that went to the West Indies. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are being retained, whereas Shardul Thakur and Stuart Binny are left out for the series.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee made the decision in Mumbai on Monday. The Test captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble also joined the meeting for approximately an hour to make the decisions.

New Zealand cricket team visits India to play three test matches and five one day matched from September 22. Practice matches will commence from September 16 against Mumbai at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi.

India-New Zealand Test series will be played at Kanpur (September 22-26), Kolkata (September 30-October 4), and Indore (October 8-12). The five ODIs will commence from October 16 and will take place in Dharamsala, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ranchi, and Visakhapatnam.

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Srinivasan asked to sign his own death warrant!

  • Supreme Court tightens the noose
  • Cricket boss asked to choose between CSK, BCCI
  • Might opt for the Board for the sake of power
  • Difficult decision for the cricket colossus

(K Kaushik)

New Delhi, December 9: The colossus of Indian cricket was asked to choose between devil and deep sea. He was also told indirectly by Supreme Court of India that if he refuses to jump he will be pushed. The topic of discussion in cricketing circles is whether or not N Srinivasan, chairman of India Cement, owner of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the contestant to the position of president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would keep the IPL’s most coveted team or sacrifice it for the sake of power that the BCCI entails.

To make matters more complicated, the bête noire of Srinivasan, former BCCI chairman Lalit Modi spoke to ‘Times Now’ from Bangkok and challenged Srinivasan to come for a face-to-face debate with Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of the channel, as a moderator. Modi revealed that he has been in touch with Sarad Pawar and Shashank Manohar who could make Srinivasan’s life more miserable. In cricket board politics, Modi and Srinivasan were pitched against each other and Modi had to step down from the top position in the BCCI.

The apex court on Tuesday made it clear to N Srinivasan that he should choose between the CSK and the BCCI and he cannot have both. In the interest of cricket in India, as it were, the apex court has directed Srinivasan that he cannot remain owner of an IPL team and also become president of the BCCI.

The Supreme Court had taken the conflict-of-interest theory to its logical conclusion and told Srinivasan to select his option. The arguments of the aggressive lawyers representing Srinivasan did not convince the court. They argued in vain that Srinivasan cannot be indicted of any irregularity or violation of rule. The court stopped short of passing an order but it was clear that the BCCI has to clear up its act once for all.

Srinivasan has to make a choice. He might choose to contest for the post of BCCI president to remain at the helm for three years for its sheer power. Otherwise, he has to be content with the ownership of an IPL team, CSK, which is IPL’s most successful and prestigious franchise. If he becomes BCCI president, he can control the cricket not only in India but also across the world since he would also be the chairman of ICC. But without being the president of the BCCI and with only the ownership of a team, he would be like any other owner of an IPL team bereft of the immense power the BCCI gives and taking orders from the BCCI. He will have to forgo the chairmanship of ICC also. Most probably he would choose to get re-elected as president of the BCCI.

Giving up the team means getting distanced from Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is also a Vice President of India Cement company. Once the team is purchased by another owner, Dhoni would go with the team thus parting ways with the most controversial cricket boss. This would also result in tumbling of India Cement company’s fortunes in the share market. In any case, it is going to affect the reputation and fortunes of Srinivasan. It is for him to choose the option that results in less damage. As far as Indian cricket is concerned, it is going to get better with the intervention of the apex court. The emphasis of the SC from the beginning of its hearing of the case has been that the prestige, purity and glory of cricket in India have to be restored. Let us hope it would happen.

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