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The Supreme Court had binding on BCCI and its members to adopt the Lodha Committee proposals on July 18, 2016. The Maharashtra Cricket Association managing committee has agreed to adopt the recommendation passed by the Justice RM Lodha panel.

The committee had suggested radical changes in voting patterns, tenure and eligibility of BCCI members for bringing transparency in cricket management. Most BCCI units did not agree to one-state-one-vote and tenure proposal.

States like Maharashtra and Gujarat have multiple voting members denied the proposal. This led to several hearings at Supreme Court without any conclusion. The next hearing is scheduled in January 2018.

The state of Maharashtra has three full members — Maharashtra Cricket Association, Vidarbha Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association. Vidarbha had agreed to the Lodha proposals at first. Once Maharashtra Cricket Association accepted, Mumbai was left alone.

After being forced to step down, former Mumbai Cricket Association President Sharad Pawar criticised the Lodha proposals. Mumbai will now have to take turns with Vidarbha and Maharashtra in being a full member with the right to vote.

The Lodha reforms had adverse effect on BCCI leading to mistrust among the members and board. The acting Secretary and President are at war over implementation of Lodha proposals. There have been threats to the BCCI’s CFO by the treasurer.