Ahead of a crucial Supreme Court hearing in the first week of January, BCCI president Anurag Thakur has again trained his guns on the Justice RM Lodha Committee, stating that the current situation is “not in the interest of cricketers and cricket”.
Thakur, who is facing possible contempt of court and perjury proceedings after a three-member SC bench prima facie found him guilty of lying under oath, today said “a lot of things will change” in Indian cricket after the hearing on either January 2 or 3. The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, is expected to appoint a panel of “observers” to manage BCCI’s affairs at the hearing.
“We are facing a lot of problems. We have gone through a lot of situations which are not in the interest of cricketers and cricket,” Thakur said on the sidelines of a Pro Wrestling League event here. “Let’s wait for the court hearing and everything will become clear. A lot of things will change in cricket after that hearing,” he said.Taking a jibe at the Lodha Committee, Thakur said BCCI had been forced to ask “10 people” before spending a single penny on cricket administration.
The court had put a bar on BCCI from releasing funds to the state associations until they implemented the panel recommendations.“There is a restriction on spending money. We need to ask 10 people for it. Lodha panel didn’t want to meet us despite our requests. BCCI doesn’t take a single penny from the government. Whatever infrastructure we have built, we have created it on our own,” Thakur said, when asked why BCCI can’t have one lakh coaches for one lakh village panchayats.