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Laying A Risky, Bouncy Pitch

An overhaul on this scale has never been tried anywhere

Laying A Risky, Bouncy Pitch
Laying A Risky, Bouncy Pitch
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2017-02-04T11:35:03+05:30

On January 30, more than two years since it had appointed the three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, the Supreme Court of India passed what would likely be its final order on the reformation of cricket and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Six months after its historic verdict on July 18, 2016, in which it had accepted most of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations, the court appointed a four-member panel of administrators, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai. The other members are former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramchandra Guha and IDFC MD and CEO Vikram Limaye. By appointing this panel, the court brought closure to the matter and likely put an end to any further ­requests for review or curative petitions against the July 18 verdict. With this appointment, the transition to cricket’s reform will finally begin.

The court stayed true to its objectives and appointed a panel that represents what it aims to achieve by ­reforming cricket—good governance, accountability, players’ representation (inclusive of women’s cricket) and a voice of reason for the fans. Working primarily with BCCI employees led by its CEO, himself a relative newcomer to cricket administration and appointed by the erstwhile regime, the panel has a lot to do. The time is short, the pressures are many, and neither the panel nor the Supreme Court, one assumes, is ­expecting it to be easy. Moreover, it is not ­permanent—a fact that must be taken into account before assuming this is merely a new kind of status quo. The panel has its role cut out—ensure the implementation of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations and create a framework that allows arms-length systems of ­professionalism and governance models, paving the way for transparent and meaningful elections that usher in an era of accountability.

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