Cricket does not flourish due to ministers and public servants holding offices in state association or BCCI

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[Board of Control for Cricket in India v. Cricket Association of Bihar, 2016 decided on 18.7.2016]

The Apex court-appointed Lodha Committee had on January 4 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up at the troubled BCCI, suggesting that ministers be barred from occupying positions, a cap put on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalizing betting. The bench comprising of T.S. Thakur CJI and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla J. accepted Justice RM Lodha panel’s recommendations almost in toto on structural reforms in the BCCI in order to streamline the working of the BCCI and possibly prevent any aberrations or controversies in which it has been embroiled in the past. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed with the Lodha panel recommendation that “no minister or serving bureaucrat can be member of the BCCI board”. The Court was of the opinion that the game of Cricket does not flourishes in this country because any minister or civil servant holds office in the State Associations or BCCI. Rejecting the contention that favours which the BCCI receives will disappear just because a Minister or Civil Servant is not an office bearer in the State Association or BCCI, the Court said that what is legitimately due to the game will not be denied to the game merely because Ministers or Civil Servants do not happen to be office bearers as there may be an overwhelming number of Ministers and Bureaucrats who are passionate Ministers and Puout the game and would like to do everything that is legally permissible and reasonably possible within the four corners of the law even without holding any office in the BCCI or the State Associations.

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