Justice Lodha will send these recommendations to the BCCI on January 4 (Representative photo) © Getty Images
Justice Lodha will send these recommendations to the BCCI on January 4 (Representative photo) © Getty Images

In a bid to get rid of the conflict of interest that exists in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Justice Lodha will perhaps suggest a couple of reforms, which he will send to  the board as early as  January 4. One of them will be to reduce reduce the number of associations in the country and have just one association per state. It is believed that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat will be the most affected, if this happens. The three BCCI-affiliated associations in Maharashtra are the Maharashtra Cricket Association, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Vidarbha Cricket Association. READ: BCCI Black-lists 177 chuckers and 110 cricketers

Gujarat, on the other hand have Gujarat Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association and Saurashtra Cricket Association as their three bodies in the state. All of them have separate Ranji teams as well. Andhra Pradesh also has two associations —  Andhra Cricket Association and Hyderabad Cricket Association. the state has been split into Andhra and Telangana now. As a result, Hyderabad could be a part of Telangana, as reported by timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

Another such recommendation will be to ensure that BCCI officials do not hold any position in the state associations. If this comes true then likes of Anurag Thakur and Rajiv Shukla will have to forfeit their positions from their respective states. A BCCI official said, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Just because o one man you can’t punish the entire board. READ: Farokh Engineer disappointed over being snubbed by BCCI for lifetime achievement award

He added, “If the Lodha panel adopts a policy of ‘one team per state’, it would destroy “the history of BCCI” and would damage the very existence of the game in this country.”

“These teams were formed before some of the modern states came into existence,” another official added. It is believed that if the roles are bifurcated, then there will not be enough people to handle the state affairs. It is said that the administrators ability to handle things in the BCCI gives them the expertise to take care of affairs in their respective state associations. READ: Shashank Manohar: BCCI will not accept DRS till all its problems are sorted out

“It simply can’t work. Today the board has an asset worth Rs 10,000 crore. In the last six years, the board has paid Rs 100 crore as income tax and gets the country around Rs 400 crore worth of foreign exchange every year. When India won the first World Cup in 1983, the board didn’t have Rs 2 lakh to honour its world champions. We are a professional body and deserve that respect,” the official said.