Unfortunate that things in CoA have gone haywire, laments Justice RM Lodha

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Justice (retd) RM Lodha, who headed the committee that tabled the report for reforms in the BCCI, is disappointed that things have gone awry in the functioning of SC-appointed Committee of Administrators. There are rumors that there is a rift going on amidst CoA members - Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai.

The recent feud between Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar led to various rifts in the functioning of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators as chief Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji had different views on the issue at hand. A three-member panel was formed to appoint the next Women's team coach and Leaked email exchanges between the two members of the CoA - Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji ignited rumors that the duo doesn't see eye to eye on certain topics.

And Chief Justice (retd) RM Lodha, who was at the helm of the committee that put together the report for reforms in the functioning of the BCCI, is upset at the state of how things are being run in the CoA at present.

"This could have happened if the Supreme Court was informed that the two member committee is not being able to take unanimous decisions. They are court appointed administrators, they have to implement the court orders. The court would never think that they are divergent in their opinions. They have to implement the Supreme Court orders. That is their brief. Things have gone haywire, it's unfortunate," Lodha told TOI in a recent interview.

The whole issue surrounding the appointment of the next coach for the Indian women’s cricket team has been cause for a lot of speculation in the past week or so. The likes of former Indian pacer Manoj Prabhakar, South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs and England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas have applied for the post as well.

"Look, I don't know when it happened. Three months back, two months back, four months back. But once they found that on any issue they were not able to take a consensual or unanimous view they must have moved the Supreme Court, saying 'it's a two member committee. We have come to a situation where (there are) certain decisions in which our views do not match, therefore kindly appoint a third person.' 

"The Supreme Court would have appointed a third person, so that the majority view would have been final. Or the Supreme Court would have made it a 5 member committee. Or they would have reconstituted the body. All options were available with the Supreme Court, if the court was informed, that 'there are divergent views in the two-member committee on several issues and we can't take decisions," added Lodha.

On July 18 2016, the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of implementing a majority of the Lodha Committee proposals. On January 30 2017, a four member Committee of Administrators was appointed to oversee the implementation of the reforms. Since committee has now gone on to become a two member panel after two members departed. 

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