• Supreme Court blames BCCI for corrupting state cricket boards, slams method of disbursing funds

    April 06, 2016

    The Supreme Court has inflicted scathing criticism on the BCCI for its handling of funds with respect to the State Cricket Boards. While noting that in India the level of cricket and the fan base has improved due to efforts made by the BCCI, the apex court did not feel the same in the area of administration.

    In the previous hearing held on March 3, the bench comprising Justice TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla had asked the BCCI and all the state cricket boards to put forward their audited accounts pertaining to the expenses incurred over the past five years. While having a look at these audited accounts, the Supreme Court noted down that while the bigger names like Gujarat Cricket Association and the Mumbai Cricket Association gets a huge share of the pie, going as high as 60 crores, the smaller state boards do not get the same attention.

    "The mandate of the board is to promote cricket all over India and not only in Mumbai and Gujarat. Cricketing talents are available not only in Mumbai but also in other parts of the country . You have done nothing to nurse and nourish the talent in smaller states as 11 states got zero contribution from you over the years. You have made a mutual benefit society . It is like you show me the face and I will determine how much you should get," the court said

    The original petition was written by the Cricket Association of Bihar. Nalini Chidambaram, arguing on behalf of the Cricket Association of Bihar who is the original petitioner, said that the BCCI was doing nothing to develop cricket in the smaller states, like those in the north-eastern region of India. "It is a vicious circle. They don't give funds therefore there is no cricketing activity," Chidambaram said. “It is no news that the rest of the 11 Cricket Boards who were participant petitioners have to go “begging” for funds to the BCCI,” the Court noted down.

    In a brief case hearing related to the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendation, the apex court also rejected the BCCI's plea to review the “one-state-one-law” recommendation of the Lodha Committee. The recommendation will severely affect the home state of the BCCI Chairman Sharad Pawar. Interestingly, the pune based Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), had decided to move the Supreme Court against the retired Justice Lodha's recommendation in February 2016. In Maharashtra, there are four units affiliated to the BCCI from the state of Maharashtra — MCA, Pune-headquartered Maharashtra Cricket Association, Nagpur-headquartered Vidarbha CA and the Mumbai-based Cricket Club of India. Other recommendations also affect the present administration. For example, no office post bearer can be above 70 years of age. But the present Chairman, Mr.Sharad Pawar is 75 years old.



    The country has experienced this kind of a problem for decades now. With cricket overshadowing other sports in India by a huge margin, the BCCI should not be a partial parent to its child Boards. The misuse of power at the helm of the most powerful national cricket boards in the world seems a frightening concept to imagine. With various Indians also having held top posts in the International Cricket Council in the past, a seepage of such misuse of power may prove detrimental for the sport. The Lodha recommendations should be considered in a positive manner by the BCCI officials and the sooner these recommendations are implemented, the better for cricket as a sport in India, not just Mumbai or Gujarat.


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