D-Day for BCCI’s Anurag Thakur in SC today; Board still opposes Lodha panel

HT Correspondent, New Delhi: BCCI president Anurag Thakur will submit a personal affidavit to the Supreme

Court on Monday clarifying whether he asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to write that Lodha committee’s recommendations amounted to government interference.
The cricket body president was given 10 days to file the affidavit after media reports stated that ICC CEO Dave Richardson claimed Thakur had made such a request.
The BCCI allegedly wanted the world body to issue a communication that said the Lodha panel’s push for reforms amounted to ‘government interference’.
The ICC communication would have come with a threat of suspending the Indian Board because national federations are autonomous bodies. However, the ICC, headed by the previous BCCI chief Shashank Manohar, did not oblige.The BCCI will also be in the court on Monday in the hearing over the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations that it still continues to oppose.
At a special meeting on Saturday, which included representatives of its full members, the cricket body decided to continue its opposition to some of the reforms suggested by the panel.
The BCCI also made it clear that ‘One State One Vote, One person One post, age cap, cooling off period’ remain contentious issues.
The Supreme Court, in its last hearing on October 7, ordered that no funds must be released by BCCI to state units, or the latest tranche disbursed spent, until they file affidavits pledging that the Lodha report would be implemented in full.