Respected Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur,
The ruling passed by a bench headed by you, as you are on the verge of completing your stint as the Chief Justice of India has rewritten history. Your colleagues and you have showed the courage to remove a powerful member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the centre, Anurag Thakur as the president of the cash rich Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Your bench has also sacked the BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke.
For all passionate cricket lovers, there’s hope that finally, there is an authority that can crack the whip on even the mightiest of powers in the country. Beyond doubt, January 2 will always haunt Thakur and his fellow BCCI members. You have shown them the exit door in an attempt to cleanse the cricket board whose credibility has been at stake due to various reasons.
Justice Thakur, it is also laudable that your bench has sent a showcause notice to the outgoing BCCI chief and he has to reply on charges of perjury by January 19. Beyond doubt, it’s a landmark judgement that will hopefully redefine the functioning of Indian cricket.
Justice Thakur, you have taken a step that is inspiring for the cricket crazy section of the country which was disillusioned at some developments, especially the match-fixing controversy in the Indian Premier League (IPL) that denigrated Indian cricket. As an ardent follower of the IPL, I was hurt when names of, among others, former Indian seamer, S Sreesanth cropped up in match-fixing. As a passionate supporter of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the allegations confused me and I kept wondering whether KKR matches were also fixed or not. Finally, you have come as a messiah for cricket fanatics like me. Kudos to you!
As regards the administration and the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha Committee, appointed by the Supreme Ccourt in 2015, it remains to be seen how they change the face of administration in Indian cricket. By removing Thakur as the BCCI president, you have also targeted the politician-cricket nexus that has time and again plagued the system.
We are grateful to you Justice Thakur for also declaring all those associations under the BCCI as disqualified which have failed to implement the Lodha panel’s recommendations.
Sir, you are leaving behind a legacy. Yet, the ball is in the court of the Supreme Court. Hopes of millions now rest on the shoulders of the apex court as to how it goes about bringing about revolutionary changes in the BCCI.
And not just cricket, why can’t we have another Lodha Committee looking into the flaws in other sporting bodies in the country? A team of distinguished sports personalities has asked for the same. Can the apex court now step in to reform sports bodies in the country? We are looking forward to it.
At the same time, whosoever takes the over the reins of the BCCI from the BJP MP, he has a lot to discharge and first and foremost, it is the practicality of some of the recommendations that the Lodha Committee has put forth. Remember Sir, you may be retiring, but the historic ruling and its implications will be meticulously scrutinised in the days to come.
Having said this, Thank you once again Justice Thakur for the verdict. We hope for the best!
An avid sports lover