'Administrators come and administrators go but ultimately it's for the benefit of the game and the game will flourish, I'm very sure.'
After the Board of Control for Cricket president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were removed by the Supreme Court on Monday for not complying with its order to implement administrative reforms within the body, former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha said their removals won't affect the game of cricket and it will continue to prosper in India.
The Court accepted in July most of the recommendations of a three-member panel it had set up to look into the operations of the world's richest cricket board.
The BCCI rejected a few of the recommendations made by the panel headed by former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, which also included age and tenure restrictions for top officials, as well as banning them from serving successive terms.
"One should understand that once the order of the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, has come it has to be obeyed by all... nobody can escape it," Lodha told reporters after the verdict.
"Being at the helm of affairs, if they were not able to implement the Supreme Court order, these consequences were bound to follow and that's what has happened.
"Administrators come and administrators go but ultimately it's for the benefit of the game and the game will flourish, I'm very sure."
Shirke said he was yet to read the order but was ready to step down.
"If the highest court of the land wants me to leave, I'd leave happily, I have no issues," he told CNN News18 channel from London.
"We have to see that the BCCI, in its new form, continues to do well, cricket flourishes and India is able to maintain its position in global cricket."
Image: Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha