Chapter Eight: Transparency and Oversight
The Lodha Commission remarks that the BCCI website does not have the Constitution and bye-laws available for consumption by the general public.
It adds that the functioning of the cricketing body is neither fair nor transparent. The Board either rebuffs seekers of information or wins them over to their side with enticements. People whose professional livelihood comes from the BCCI chose “to remain silent rather than upset the applecart”.
The Lodha panel also remarks that commentators engaged by the BCCI are prohibited from criticising the BCCI or its selection process.
The panel further recommends that all the Rules, Regulations, Codes and Instructions of the BCCI be made available in both English and Hindi on its website.
The most interesting and controversial recommendation is about curtailing broadcast advertisements during international games to just the drinks, lunch and tea breaks. Additionally the screen space is no longer to be reduced by in-tv advertisements except for the display of a sponsor logo.
Financial prudence is advised to avoid unnecessary expenditure by the board.
Hiring of professionals and handing out of infrastructure contracts, media engagements, television rights and equipment supply are to be done in a fair and transparent manner. Norms and procedures are to be laid to down to ensure this happens.
Besides all the documents and information required by the general public to understand the functioning of the BCCI including the reports of the Ombudsman/Auditor/Electoral Officer/Ethics Officer, the BCCI website will have links to various stadia listing their seating capacity and direct ticketing facilities.
The Committee also recommends that the legislature bring the board under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) act.
State associations are to submit detailed reports about their expenditure from grants from their parent body. The Auditor will carry out a performance audit.
Expenditures on various heads have to be limited and streamlined.