The International Cricket Council on Monday (September 12) revealed that Anurag Thakur, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had requested the world governing body to shield the Indian board form implementing the Lodha panel recommendations, forced upon it by the Supreme Court of the country. However, David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, indicated their refusal to get involved in BCCI’s ongoing tussle with the SC-backed Lodha Committee.
Richardson revealed that Thakur sought a letter from the ICC asking them to clarify whether the reforms suggested by Lodha Committee amount to government interference in the board’s running. As per the ICC norms, the member boards cannot have government interference in their running.
Richardson said the current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had refused to get involved unless BCCI officially requested them to interfere.
“The BCCI president Mr Thakur did verbally ask the ICC to write a letter to the BCCI asking the BCCI to explain whether the recommendations of Lodha Committee might constitute government interference,” Richardson was quoted as saying by PTI.
“But Mr Manohar said that the ICC should not write such a letter unless the BCCI first writes to the ICC requesting ICC to intervene, or ICC receives a letter from another of its member boards to do so. But no such letters have been received.
“So I understand that Mr Manohar is reluctant to interfere in the domestic affairs of a member country. He will not do so without being formally requested to do so by the member concerned and nor is he prepared to put the ICC in a position where it could be perceived as challenging the authority of the Supreme Court of India.
“Don’t forget… the consequences of the government interference could lead to the suspension of a member board and nobody really wants the BCCI to be suspended.
Richardson also revealed that Thakur was not happy with the ICC’s refusal to write the letter. “There were other board members present when that request was made by Mr Thakur. As far as I [could] see, Mr Thakur actually criticised the ICC for not sending the letter.”
The Supreme Court of India, in July earlier this year, accepted majority of the recommendations put forward by the Lodha panel and handed BCCI a six-month deadline to implement the reforms at the central and state level.