This New Year might not be the happiest one for the richest cricket body, BCCI, as the committee headed by former CJI RM Lodha is set to give a report on 4th January to the Supreme Court of India, reports Times of India.

It is expected that the panel will suggest changes for making the Board from a society to a public trust or a company in order to getter better transparency of the body. The panel’s report is expected to touch upon each and every aspect of the body and towards making alterations to the management of the body.

The BCCI came into existence as an Association of Persons and is registered under Tamil Nadu Societies Registrations Act, 1975 in 1928. The very existence of BCCI is in question as the panel aims to bring in more transparency in the board.

The committee has been in contact with many cricketers, captains, advocates and any other person in relation with the BCCI over different issues from its organizational structure to its relation with its’ subsidiaries which are the state bodies.

According to sources, it is believed that these people want professional cricketers should head the core management of BCCI.

A source said: “The recommendation of the committee will reflect the majority view. The recommendation on this score could spell doom for most non-cricketers, especially politicians, who routinely get themselves elected as heads of the state affiliates and have a say in the allotment of matches to venues.

“If the politician is powerful, his state affiliate invariably got prime matches in a tournament conducted by the BCCI.”

The committee headed by Justice Lodha also include former judges RV Raveendran and Ashok Bhan, who are all assisted by advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan have possibly suggested that they would want the industrialists and politicians out of the management unless and until they have a some cricketing experience prior to their political or industrial career.

The current system includes mostly the politicians or people from a non-cricketing background and if this goes the same way as it went for N Srinivasan, the long crown of politicians will end in the management of BCCI.

Two more compelling topics discussed by the committee are the revenue mechanisms and the rich league, Indian Premier League. The basis of selection of IPL franchises is in question by the panel.
The panel is also reported to make changes to the revenue mechanisms. Under current scenario, the richer states are getting more revenue sharing than the smaller ones and if sources are to be believed then the committee is looking forward to help the smaller states and get them some grants to find new talent.

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