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BCCI chief in soup for wanting ICC letter threatening to 'suspend India'

The SC also barred BCCI from releasing any money to state associations, which have not complied with the reforms suggested by Lodha panel Photograph: (Reuters)

New Delhi, India Oct 08, 2016, 02.54 AM (IST)

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur allegedly urged the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of cricket, in September to write a letter threatening India's suspension if there is interference in its functioning.

India's Supreme Court has asked the 41-year-old administrator to file an affidavit explaining his conversation with ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson regarding the alleged request. The court has given Thakur 10 days' time to file the affidavit. 

DNA, on September 10, had carried a report about how Thakur had asked ICC to write a letter to BCCI saying it would suspend the board if there was any intrusion.

As per ICC regulations, any interference by government in the functioning of its member boards is not tolerated.

However, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had told Richardson to ask for a formal request from Thakur in this regard. But the matter died there as BCCI could not put in a formal request as it would have invited contempt of court proceedings against it.

Richardson later came on record saying that Thakur was not happy with the ICC's refusal to write the letter.

"Mr Thakur actually criticised the ICC for not sending the letter," he was quoted as saying.

The BCCI, which is the governing body for cricket in the country, and the Indian judiciary have been at odds in recent months, as the former has refused to implement changes recommended by the Lodha Committee.

The Lodha Committee was instated by the Indian supreme court in order to overhaul the administrative structure of the cricket board. The panel recommended several changes, including age limit of 70 years for all office bearers and a tenure limit of nine years with a cooling off period. The BCCI is yet to accept these suggestions.

(The report first appeared in DNA)

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