Today, the Supreme Court's decision to sack BCCI's president Anurag Thakur and its Secretary Ajay Shirke shook the entire Indian cricket fraternity. It all started in January 2015, when the Apex Court had appointed the Lodha Committee, a three-member committee, to track the functioning of the governing body for cricket in India and to make necessary recommendations. The committee posed 82 questions to BCCI in order to know its functioning (including IPL) on April 14, 2015.
January - 2016
The committee had come up with stringent reforms to be implemented on the governance and functioning of the BCCI. It suggested a few crucial recommendations like one-state-one-vote, a prerequisite for office bearers, setting up the players association, etc. Finally, the BCCI responded to the recommendations as Anurag Thakur asked all the associations to go through the report and submit their suggestions by January 31.
February - 2016
Lodha Committee set March 3rd as the deadline for the board and issued an ultimatum demanding an immediate implementation of committee reforms. In the same month, Anurag Thakur called for a special meeting to talk about the report and decided to file an affidavit against the committee.
March - 2016
As expected BCCI filed an affidavit against Lodha team.
April - 2016
The court after going through the account details of BCCI's state associations came to a conclusion that there are inequalities in the distribution of funds. It linked the distribution of funds to members with a voting system. The Apex Court also stuck to its firm reforms and has become a thorn in the flesh for Anurag & Co.
May - 2016
SC slammed BCCI stating that the implemented policies consist of many loopholes and asked all members to implement the new reforms.
June - 2016
After hearing from BCCI, the Apex Court decided to postpone its judgment until July 18.
July - 2016
On 18 July, the court gave BCCI four to six months of time to implement its recommendations. Moreover, it also ordered BCCI to put a hold on the annual elections.
August - 2016
The governing body of cricket appointed a panel, headed by Markandey Katju - a former Apex Court judge. Markandey Katju took a dig at Lodha Committee citing the recommendations as illegal and helped BCCI in filing a review petition on implementing reforms in four to six months time. The Lodha Committee also issued timelines in the same month setting September 30 as the deadline.
September - 2016
The committee also released the final and second set of timelines. Anurag Thakur also sought the intervention of the ICC, however, ICC requested Thakur to send the statement in official writing. BCCI acted against one of the Lodha's recommendations by choosing a 5 member selection team instead of three. The committee requested the court to sack Thakur from the post of President.
October - 2016
BCCI called for second SGM and decided to implement the recommendations, except - the 70 year age, nine-year tenure and one-state-one-vote policy reforms. The Supreme Court ordered banks to halt payments until BCCI complies with all the reforms.
January - 2017
A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud sacked BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke; and the court will now take up the matter on January 19.