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BCCI has highest respect for Supreme Court: Thakur
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: BCCI President Anurag Thakur today said the board is open to reforms and had the highest respect for the Supreme Court.
"If you look at the last 18 months, you will see BCCI is open to reforms. Even when the recommendations of Justice Lodha came there was a timeline set. We have lived up to the first timeline, achieved second timeline on September 30," he said.
The only things where members could not agree and could not pass with 3/4th majority were a few decisions that were conveyed to SC and Lodha Committee with the reasons given by the members, he added.
Asked to respond to 'fall-in-line or we will make you fall in line' statement from Supreme Court, he said: "All I want to say is we brought in reforms in the last 18 months, we have passed many recommendations, adopted them as recommended, many could not be adopted by members and they have given various reasons for that. One must appreciate that BCCI was always open about it."
"We have to follow the law of land. We have highest respect for the Supreme Court. That is why we are following various timelines," he added.
Asked if India had to play Pakistan in Champions Trophy, Thakur said the question of playing against Pakistan only arose if India played Champions Trophy.
"I don’t know whether India will be able to play Champions Trophy or not. If you go by the Lodha Committee report you have to play either the IPL or the Champions Trophy. So BCCI has to take a call on that. As per recommendations you have to give a 15-day window before and after the IPL. There is Australia series before IPL and Champions Trophy after it," he said.
"So BCCI has to take a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy. The question of India-Pakistan arises only if India plays Champions Trophy," he added.

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