It is disconcerting that the administrative affairs of Indian cricket should continue to be embroiled in controversy in the midst of a packed and interesting home season. Not many can complain about the manner in which cricketing matters are being managed, but the intransigence shown by the office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in not constructively accepting the reforms recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed R.M. Lodha Committee is getting to be tiresome. These recommendations, including those barring ministers, bureaucrats and anyone above the age of 70 from holding office in cricket’s administrative body, are now binding on the BCCI after the Supreme Court accepted the report. The Justice Lodha Committee has been grappling with a set of reluctant office-bearers who claim they cannot force the State units affiliated to the BCCI to accept all the norms. Some associations are said to be unwilling to accept the age ceiling and the one-State, one-vote norm. In its latest report, the Committee has asked for the removal of all those who fall foul of its bar on various grounds. In addition, it has asked for an observer to be appointed to ‘guide’ the Chief Executive Officer in running the BCCI, particularly with regard to contracts, transparency norms and the audit of domestic, international and IPL matches.
The question arises whether the Lodha Committee should have named G.K. Pillai, a former Union Home Secretary, as the observer. As it is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether an observer is needed, the recommendation of a specific name was both unnecessary and puzzling. While the time may have come to enforce the norms accepted by the Supreme Court, any suggestion that the Committee favours drastic action rather than appealing to reason should be avoided. It is apparent that some unsavoury developments have upset the panel. These include the BCCI taking decisions out of sync with the panel’s recommendations at its Annual General Meeting in September, interpreting a directive to stop the disbursal of funds to State associations as the demand for a total freeze on its bank accounts, and allegedly trying to goad the International Cricket Council into raising the question whether there was governmental interference in the BCCI’s functioning, a situation that may come with the threat of derecognition. Yet, the situation is not beyond rescue. The Board’s president and secretary have until December 3 to report compliance with the Committee’s norms. While the BCCI leadership will have to shed its seeming reluctance, the Supreme Court has to find a way to bring in transparency and reform without resorting to heavy-handed action against a body that must function with a measure of autonomy.


1. Disconcerting (adjective) (चिंताजनक) – causing one to feel unsettled
Synonyms – perplex, disarrange
Antonyms – comfort, approve
Ex: I couldn’t shake the disconcerting feeling that I was being watched.

2. Embroiled (verb) (झगड़ा)– involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation
Synonyms – tangle, disunite
Antonyms – exclude, assist
Ex: After drinking too much, Marcus became embroiled in a fight with a total stranger.

3. Intransigence (noun) (कट्टरता)– the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
Synonyms – inflexibility, rigidity
Ex: People have a hard time getting along with Ben because he is such an intransigentleader.

4. Grappling (verb) (जूझ)– engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons, wrestle
Synonyms – clash, grip
Antonyms – idle, support
Ex: He felt her grappling with his question and willed her to help him.

5. Reluctant (adjective) (अनिच्छुक) – unwilling and hesitant, disinclined
Synonyms – averse, uncertain
Antonyms – definite, willing
Ex: As he just purchased a new Cadillac, he was reluctant to have a valet park it.

6. Drastic (adjective) (भीषण)– likely to have a strong or far-reaching effect, radical and extreme
Synonyms – harsh, radical
Antonyms – collected, mild
Ex: After he lost the game, his drastic reaction was to punch a wall.

7. Apparent (adjective) (स्पष्ट) – clearly visible or understood, obvious
Synonyms – possible, credible
Antonyms – obscure, uncertain
Ex: After spending years trying unsuccessfully to lose weight, it became apparent to Chris that the only option remaining was surgery.

8. Unsavoury (adjective) (बेस्वाद) – disagreeable to taste, smell, or look at
Synonyms – unpalatable, unappetizing
Ex: They looked at the scanty, unsavoury portions of food doled out to them.

9. Autonomy (noun) (स्वायत्तता) – the right or condition of self-government
Synonyms – freedom, liberty
Antonyms – dependence
Ex: While the federal government has a great deal of power, it has given states some autonomy to govern themselves.

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