The Committee of Administrators (CoA), which has been entrusted with the job of running the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) as it undergoes reforms, submitted before the Supreme Court its first status report, in relation to the Board's compliance to the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee's recommendations.
And guess what, the BCCI has scored a zero in the CoA's 'report card'.
The Supreme Court-appointed committee's status report has been uploaded on the BCCI's website.
The apex court-appointed committee is headed by Vinod Rai. The other members of the committee are cricketer Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and corporate honcho Vikram Limaye.
The Supreme Court, in its January 30, 2017 order, had directed the CoA to ask the CEO of the BCCI, Rahul Johri, to submit a compliance report before the committee. The CoA was then supposed to "scrutinise compliance" in the CEO's report and submit a follow-up status report before the Court.
The Justice Lodha committee had issued two sets of timelines. While the first set of timelines were issued on August 9 last year, the second set was announced on August 28. There were 11 points in the first set of timelines and four in the second.
The CoA has found "non-compliance" on part of the BCCI and the associations for all 15 points. In the column for the CoA's observation, all 15 points have been marked as "Step not complied with".
The CoA's status report has three specific heads: "Steps to be taken & deadline", "Status as per CEO" and "CoA Observation".
The 11 points in first set of timelines were: formal adoption of new Memorandum of Rules and Regulations, amendments in constitution by state units, amendments in IPL rules, to decide on order and rotation of states like Gujarat and Maharashtra with multiple teams, disbursement of funds among members, 15-day gap between national calendar and IPL, engagement, agents registration norms, formation of players' association with financial support from the BCCI, adding Pondicherry as an associate member, bringing out handbooks for disabled and young cricketers, creation of websites with links for disabled cricketers, hindi reports, links to stadia, facilities and tickets, transparency of member associations, reorganising of the Zones and appointment of electoral officers for the BCCI and the states.
The four points in the second set of timelines were election for state associations, election to executive committee of players' association, elections to Apex Council of BCCI, BCCI AGM and appointment of ethics officer and ombudsman and creation of BCCI committees, IPL governing council and appointment of management under the new rules.
The Board's CEO, on his part, reported the status for each of the 15 points. For most, it was either "not implemented" or "yet to be done".
For example, regarding the adoption of the new Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, CEO Johri has said "not implemented".
Similarly, for the point where the Justice Lodha committee wanted the state associations to amend the constitutions by September 30, 2016, Johri has said that the same was "yet to be implemented", adding that certain state associations have declared that they will implement the recommended reforms.