The Supreme Court on Thursday asked BCCI whether priority of cricket viewer's right to watch matches on television is lower © Getty Images (Representaion Image)
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked BCCI whether priority of cricket viewer’s right to watch matches on television is lower © Getty Images (Representaion Image)

The Justice RM Lodha’s recommendation to include a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its managing committee could end up International Cricket Council (ICC) suspending the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). BCCI’s counsel KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court that ICC finds it repugnant for the government to step in the cricket board’s management. The bench found the inclusion of bureaucrats and ministers in the BCCI’s committee against Venugopal’s statement. “You do not want a conscience keeper in CAG’s nominee in the management, terming him to be a government nominee who could render the board liable for suspension.” READ: SC mulls allowing BCCI to refer few issues with Lodha panel

“But you have no problem in having a minister or a bureaucrat in the management. Will this not be a ground for ICC to suspend BCCI?,” the bench said, as quoted in CricBuzz. The bench’s statement left Venugopal confused, as he found it difficult to tackle the bench’s inquiry. The bench later said, “Your silence is eloquent. Is a post in BCCI a source of aggrandizement for ministers and bureaucrats? We can understand a minister or a bureaucrat coming to us and saying they should be permitted to take part in BCCI affairs. Why should the board oppose this recommendation of Lodha panel?” READ: SC to BCCI: Is viewers right to watch uninterrupted cricket on TV low priority?

The Supreme Court on Thursday indicated that it may refer to the Justice Lodha Committee one or two issues for restricted consideration. These have been flagged by the BCCI as impediments in implementing the committee’s recommendations, including one vote one State. The apex court bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla said that both Maharashtra and Gujarat together have seven votes — four in Maharashtra and three in Gujarat — and the associations represented in the apex cricketing body have their “historical boundaries” and not “geographical boundaries”.