A step in the right direction

(Valentine Wilson)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had it coming.  The Supreme Court came down heavily on the world’s richest cricket body by telling them to follow the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. All the guidelines set up by this panel are sure to revamp the organisation. Indeed, it is a step in the right direction.

The major recommendation that has hit the BCCI hard is that those who have reached 70 years of age will not be eligible for any post. Another stringent measure is that politicians and bureaucrats should keep away from the Board’s activities.
The old bandicoots who have reigned supreme and had eaten into the vitals of the BCCI  are now out, mercifully.  People like Sharad Pawar and N Srinivasan are the ones badly affected.  The other lot of Rajiv Shukla and Arun Jaitley will have to make their exit.

There is an argument  however that without politician and bureaucrats, getting permissions and clearances from the Government will be diificult now.  Whatever, the bar on age will do a world of good for the BCCI.  New and young blood will inspire fresh ideas and should infuse a new vigour and vitality to the organisation.

Another grave issue that has been addressed by the committee is that one person cannot hold posts in both State and Board.  So now the present BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur has decided to quit his position in the Himachal Pradesh Association.  Secretary Ajay Shirke from Maharashtra, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhury from Haryana and Amitabh Chaudhury the joint secretary from Jharkhand will also have to quit their posts in their respect States to avoid conflict of interest. This is a hard hitting recommendation that is to be implemented.
There are other rules that have to be followed by the BCCI  and one of them is that there will be no proxy voting. One State one vote is a big blow to states like Mahrashtra  andTamil Nadu, who had two or more votes.
To monitor the finances now a member of the CAG  will be  included and this should help streamline and check the use of resources.
But the moot point is will these recommendations be followed by the State Associations, where conflict of interest and proxy voting is rampant. One hopes that these be made mandatory for the States too.