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BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Five-man selection panel to return?

17 May 2018

According to Cricbuzz, Subramanium stated that an increase in members of BCCI's selection panel is a must for smooth functioning.

The underlying principles which must be borne in mind are: "BCCI must be a transparent, accountable and responsible organisation, there should be no perpetuation of vested interests and it should be free of any form of political control and interference".

The reconsideration means that if the 2016 judgment is reversed, the states with multiple cricket associations such as Gujarat and Maharashtra can vote on a rotational basis.

One-state-one-vote is one of the most contentious points which has prevented some of the "affected" states from accepting the recommendations of the Justice (retd) RM Lodha committee. However, the Hon'ble Justice Lodha Committee and the Principal Judgment of this Hon'ble Court have been premised on the basis of bringing about uniformity in the structure of management, and above all, a certain amount of democratic equality.

Also, Railways fields at least 90 per cent of the members of the women's cricket team. In view of the "security of employment of the players from players from Railways as well as the ability to demonstrate playing skills and having regard for women's cricket being an integral part of Indian cricket, it appears necessary to co0nsider this as an exception". He further recommended Railways to have a players association. "Likewise, a Coach may also be appointed in a similar manner for the national team, it submitted that the draft Constitution may be amended as indicated in item 11 of "Annexure A", a statement from the body said.

"Until the elections to BCCI takes place, the Committee of Administrators may be empowered to have a consultation with the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising of reputed former worldwide cricketers, and constitute a Committee of Selectors in line with the above criteria". Elections, as per Subramanium's suggestions, can only take place after the appointment of Ombudsman.

The amicus has also requested the Supreme Court to consider asking existing office bearers to demit their office as they have completed "their legally valid tenures of office". Subramaniam, however, urged the court to go back to the five-selector policy instead of three as per the Lodha Committee report.

The court had, in its own modified order of March 24, 2017, clarified that a person can have a tenure of nine years in the BCCI and nine years in state associations, thus making 18-year tenure in cricket administration possible with a cooling off period of three years after one tenure.

The criteria set by the Amicus Curiae for the senior men's selection committee are: (a) 7 Test Matches; or (b) 30 first-class matches or (c) 10 ODI matches (50 overs) and a minimum of 20 first-class matches.

"The Amicus, however, submits that clarification may be added that the release of grants and such other requirements as may be necessary for constituent Associations for maintaining their cricketing levels must be suitably addressed by the Committee of Administrators and in future the regularly elected Apex Council".

The Supreme Court has deferred hearing the particular case to July 5.

BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Five-man selection panel to return?