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Sharad Pawar, however, did not wish to elaborate on the issue Getty Images (File Photo)

New Delhi: In tongue-and-cheek remarks, NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Friday said the Supreme Court, which has so far been guiding how to run the country, will now decide how to organise cricket. “While I am closely associated with cricket, the matter is in the Supreme court. The Court is now going to decide how cricket will be organised. Till yesterday, they were guiding how to run the country. Now, they are also guiding the sports organisation,” he said while addressing the 89th annual general meeting of industry chamber FICCI. Pawar, who was also the former President of International Cricket Council (ICC), did not wish to elaborate on the issue, saying “I don’t want to say anything about that. I don’t want to face contempt of court.”

It may be noted that the apex court has taken a strong view against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not implementing the recommendations of the RM Lodha Committee which had recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up in the troubled BCCI. The Supreme Court indicated on Thursday that it may replace the existing office-bearers of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) with a three-member committee as it asked the country s cricket governing body to suggest the probable names who could be included in the committee.

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The bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud sought names from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as it opposed making former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai the observer to head the three-member committee to oversee implementation of the organisational reforms recommended by the Justice RM Lodha Committee.