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New Delhi: A panel led by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha presented its report on BCCI today and called for sweeping changes in the most influential governing body in the world.

Lodha said that the committee discussed with all the stakeholders especially the cricketers. Six former captains were also asked to provide suggestions. The cricketers included Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.

The committee recommended that every state should have a single governing body. Currently, some states like Maharashtra has three different bodies and cricket teams namely Maharashtra, Mumbai and Vidarbha. It also said that the bodies which have no territory like Sevices or Railways should be relegated to associate status with no voting rights.

The panel further recommended for a separate body for BCCI and IPL.

The committee recommended that the controlling  body of IPL should be known as the governing council, which will comprise of nine members. The secretary and the treasurer of the BCCI will be ex-officio members of this IPL governing council. Two other members of the IPL governing council will be nominated/elected by the full members. Out of the remaining five, two will be the nominees of franchises, one will be a representative of the players association (so one needs to be formed), one will be a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s office.

The committee also recommended the formation of a constitution and a players association and an apex council. These all will be there so that complaints can be received and the rights of players can be safeguarded.

The appointed ombudsman will be given the right to take cognizance of complaints suo moto, or received a complaint or referred complaint by apex council. The ombudsman should be a judge of the Supreme court or the retired judge of a High court.

A former High court judge should be appointed as an ethics officer. There should be an appointment of an electoral officer to oversee the election process of BCCI and that officer should be a former election commissioner of India.

The biggest recommendation is to bring BCCI under the jurisdiction of RTI and there must be certain eligibility criteria for appointment of office bearers of BCCI including the president, VP, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer. The criteria include that he must be an Indian citizen, he must be below 70 years of age, he must not be insolvent, he must not be a minister or a government servant, and should not have held office in the BCCI for a cumulative period for nine years.

Each office bearer will have a tenure of three years and no office bearer can hold the office for more than three terms with the rider that there will be a cooling off after each term. This means no office bearer can hold terms consecutively.

The panel also recommended that selection committee should comprise only of ex-cricketers. Even the state board should have cricketers, not politicians.

Lauding the good work by the BCCI over the years, Lodha said that the recommendations are not binding for the BCCI. It is up to the Supreme Court to decide on the enforcement of the recommendations, he added.(Image-Cricinfo.com)

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War of Words Between Associations, Irks Ganguly

"The CAB had done nothing about it for a long time. For the pair, it was business as usual till the letter came and stirred a hornet's nest," a source close to the development said.

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Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity. Flickr
Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity. Flickr

An anonymous letter has triggered a war words between Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) ombudsman Ushanath Banerjee and state board President Sourav Ganguly over alleged conflict of interest of selectors Palash Nandy and Madan Ghosh.

Banerjee had received an anonymous letter a few days back which pointed out that senior selection panel chief Nandy was associated with a cricket coaching camp.

Further, it alleged that Ghosh, who moved from the senior to junior selection recently was both associated with a coaching camp and had also represented White Border Club in CAB meetings previously.

“The CAB had done nothing about it for a long time. For the pair, it was business as usual till the letter came and stirred a hornet’s nest,” a source close to the development said.

Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity.

“The Cricket Association of Bengal will not entertain any such anonymous communication and as such you being an important part of the organisation should follow the same. I feel you are not entitled to give any reply,” Ganguly wrote.

"You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue," Banerjee wrote to Ganguly. Flickr
“You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue,” Banerjee wrote to Ganguly. Flickr

Banerjee hit back within hours using strong language. The four-page rejoinder was also circulated to the media.

Banerjee rejected the former India captain’s diktat, saying: “it is widely acknowledged that in the interest of maintaining transparency, organisations world over take cognizance of anonymous information.”

To butress his point, he cited in the letter examples of cases where the judiciary has acted on the basis of anonymous information.

“You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue,” Banerjee wrote to Ganguly.

“I humbly request you to kindly point out the said policy of CAB, as referred in your letter, and the date when so adopted,” the reply read.

Also Read: Sourav Ganguly receives Death threat in a Letter warning him against attending Vidyasagar University’s Cricket meet in Midnapore

When contacted, the senior advocate gave an impression that the issue had been resolved but did not want to be quoted on any further action. (IANS)