The Lodha committee is now examining reforms in the working of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make its functioning transparent. The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) is not recognised by the apex cricketing body BCCI.

Directing the hearing of the CAB application yesterday, the apex court bench of Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice R. Banumathi asked why was CAB asking for the report to be handed over.

"Let Justice Lodha committee ask for it," the court said. Urging the court to make available the Mudgal committee report -- including the one in a sealed cover that has the names of 13 players allegedly involved in acts of misdemeanour -- to Justice Lodha committee, CAB said this would help the Lodha committee in appreciating the extent of malaise that has crept into BCCI.

CAB said a better appreciation of malfunctioning of the apex cricketing body would help the Lodha committee in suggesting administrative reforms required to revive the image of cricket, and keeping BCCI away from another scam.In a clean-up exercise, the Lodha committee, also comprising Justices R.V. Ravindran and Justice Ashok Bhan, had on July 14 suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years.

The committee had also slapped a lifelong ban on former CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan and Royals co-owner Raj Kundra from the affairs of cricket in the country for their role in betting.


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