Supreme Court Stands by Lodha Panel Report to Revamp Cricket

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New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of cricket and the game’s millions of viewers by upholding almost all the recommendations of the R.M. Lodha Committee to overhaul the cricket administration, at the end of a long hearing spanning over two years, during which the high priests of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and State associations fought tooth and nail to protect their turf.

In a language gently chiding the cricket administrators for their belligerent stance in court against “change”, a Bench of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur and Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, who is retiring this week, advised them to let go of their “ego” to help usher in long-needed reform into the cash-rich sport for the sake of the spirit of the game.

“The truth is that resistance to change stems partly from people getting used to the status quo and partly because any change is perceived to affect their vested interest in terms of loss of ego, status, power or resources. This is true particularly when the suggested change is structural or organisational which involves some threat, real or perceived, of personal loss to those involved,” Chief Justice Thakur wrote in the 143-page judgment for the Bench.

Uncannily reading the minds of those opposing the Lodha panel recommendations submitted on December 18, 2015 for the court to stamp its authority, the Supreme Court said the sense of justice and fairness personified by Justice Lodha’s work seemed to have “made little or no difference” to those resisting the committee’s conclusions and suggestions.

The apex court found no reason to interfere with the recommendations.