In its October 21 order, the Supreme Court had directed the BCCI not to issue any funds to state associations which did not comply with the Lodha reforms. The Indian board had told the apex court that its state associations were not ready to fall in line with the suggestions made by the Lodha Committee.
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BCCI has been defiant towards the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee so far but the latest move on the part of the Governing Council is shocking to say the least. Hours after the Supreme Court made it clear that all BCCI contracts would be vetted by the Lodha Committee, senior board functionaries went ahead and announced that it had decided on the schedule for IPL-10.
The Supreme Court had on October 21, appointed an independent auditor to monitor the financial transactions of BCCI and set a threshold beyond which the board will have to take permission from the Lodha Panel.
Meanwhile, a source close to the Lodha Committee told India Today that state associations that do not comply with the reforms would not be allowed to host IPL games.
If the dates are confirmed, the tournament will be held less than a week after India and Australia finish the final Test of their four-match series in Dharamsala, scheduled to end on March 29. Additionally, the IPL final will be played 10 days before the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1 in England. The Lodha Committee had recommended a 15-day window to separate India's next assignment after the IPL. However, the BCCI had told the committee that this would not be possible in 2017.
The decision was taken at the IPL governing council meeting in Delhi on Tuesday. It was also decided that the players' auction will be hosted on February 4 in Bangalore. "We have to set up a calendar and, assuming that we get all the approvals from the Lodha Committee, we will go ahead as per our plan," the official said.
Confirming the dates, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said the BCCI will also make sure venues in Maharashtra can host IPL matches, unlike this year when a court order forced matches moved out of the state, which suffered a severe drought. The Bombay High Court had ruled that it was not suitable to hold matches at grounds which consumed a lot of water. "We will have water harvesting technology at stadiums in Maharashtra to counter drought threat in the state," Shukla said after the meeting. "We will ensure that we can generate our own water to maintain stadiums."