The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for its ‘monopoly’ over the game. In the strongly worded release, the Supreme Court said that youngsters in the country are facing the brunt of BCCI’s ‘prohibitory regime’, especially the youngsters hailing from small places. It also said that the Board openly and clearly “prevents people from becoming members” depending on their whims and fancy.

The Supreme Court also said that “a balance has to be struck” and hence has appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as amicus curiae to guide the implementation of RM Lodha committee recommendations. The Lodha committee recommendation favoured large-scale structural reforms, including bringing the Board under the purview of RTI.

The controversial question of ‘one state one vote’, which had earlier been widely criticised as its implementation might cause more politics within BCCI, was also discussed. Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association said that the ‘one state one vote’ policy would bring in inequality. A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla instead said that if the ‘one country one vote’ policy works for ICC, it would do so for BCCI as well.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Baroda Cricket Association said reforms suggested by the Lodha panel are not under constitutional principle and may or may not be implemented by the BCCI, but state associations that have their own rules, cannot implement them. The arguments will resume on the next date of hearing.

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