The BCCI-Lodha committee stand-off is extending like a long drawn out Test match. Starting off as a committee to recommend reforms for Indian cricket, the Lodha panel has slowly pressurised the Indian cricket board, laying down guidelines for the board to follow after twelve months of study.
The BCCI, under Anurag Thakur, has implemented some of the suggested changes, but has also maintained a defiant stand against Lodha’s directives. However, things have changed since Supreme Court joined in to speed up the process, especially after it was observed that the state associations were lax in their implementation and the fund disbursement policy was filled with loopholes.
The duel took a turn for the worse when Lodha decided to freeze BCCI’s accounts following repeated ignorance of warnings.
The Supreme Court has now given BCCI one day to accept all Lodha recommendations ‘unconditionally’. If they fail to do so, the SC will be forced to pass an order to replace the current office bearers of the BCCI.
As if to show themselves in good light and to issue a public statement of intent, the BCCI released a barrage of tweets within half an hour today, highlighting all reforms implemented under Anurag Thakur’s presidentship. Here are the chain of tweets that was released by the board:
People didn’t miss out on finding the lighter side of BCCI’s sudden Twitter affection. Well-known Twitter personality Dennis Freedman temporarily changed his handle to ‘BCCI’, and then started mock-mimicking the cricket board's self-congratulatory tweets. The sarcasm and wit in Dennis's tweets did not go amiss.
We are announcing that we will be spending 11 crore on a gold statue of Lt Thakur out front of Sachin's restaurant in Mumbai.— Lt Dennis Thakur (@DennisCricket_) October 6, 2016
All our honorary office bearers are politicians because power is more important than good administration. That's a proven fact.— Lt Dennis Thakur (@DennisCricket_) October 6, 2016
We sent a 2nd rate squad to Zimbabwe to help grow the game.— Lt Dennis Thakur (@DennisCricket_) October 6, 2016