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BCCI Hits Out at CoA After Committee Tells Board to Stop SGM

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 1, 2018, 7:56 PM IST
BCCI Hits Out at CoA After Committee Tells Board to Stop SGM

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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has hit out at the Committee of Administrators (CoA) after the Vinod Rai-led committee issued a directive to stop the June 22 Special General Meeting (SGM) of the associate members.

The BCCI office bears seem to be not moving from their stand and will be meeting on the said date, despite getting a notice from the CoA. The CoA deemed the meeting illegal as no permission have been sought as per a March 15 guidelines.

"The approval of the CoA has neither been sought nor provided in relation to the SGM to be held on 22nd June, 2018," the CoA wrote in its email to the employees, as quoted by PTI.

"Till further instructions from the CoA, it is directed that no BCCI employee/consultant/retainer/service provider shall prepare and - or - circulate any papers in respect of the said SGM or in any way Act further to or in aid of the notice (including without limitation incurring any cost or expenses towards the said SGM by way of bookies etc," it added.

A senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI that CoA does not have the authority to forcibly stop the SGM as it is the right of the members.

"If the issue of communication is without having the authority to issue one, the communication cannot have any force. For example, the COA cannot issue a communication directing the arrest of an individual. If they issue such a communication, the communication will definitely exist but it shall be without any force. The rules and regulations of the BCCI or the BCCI itself have not been extinguished," the official said.

The BCCI had called for the SGM on in the Capital as confused by the functioning of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA, around 20 state associations wrote to the board and asked for help and clarity on the style of working of the CoA, comprising chief Vinod Rai and former India cricketer Diana Edulji.

Speaking to CricketNext, an office bearer of one of the associations had said that it was surprising how the CoA was almost acting on its whims and fancies while happily forgetting that the diktat from the SC was to supervise the functioning of the board and not take policy decisions.

“The state associations are hugely disappointed in the conduct of the CoA who have repeatedly bungled decision making and have eroded the processes at the BCCI. Their grasp on the basics of the law of contracts has been found wanting and yet they have been attempting to promise things to the world and to commit the Board to deliver on some commitments while keeping the Board completely in the dark about those promises.

“Shockingly, the two member panel has even tried to take policy decisions for the whole board in the face of the Supreme Court’s order that empowers them to supervise administration of the BCCI. No order empowers them to take decisions of policy, something they understood a year back but now ignore intentionally,” he explained.

Another official pointed to the way the CoA has worked in respect to handling matters with the ICC and said that it has undoubtedly hampered India’s position in world cricket.

“Their hamstrung understanding of the ICC over the past year and a half and their supervision over India’s representative has resulted in irreparable damage to India’s interest. Interestingly, Rai has also gone to town insisting that a written, executed contract between BCCI and the ICC with assured deliverables was a mirage. It is no surprise coming from a man who has different standards for others and different standards for himself when it comes to age,” he scoffed.
First Published: June 1, 2018, 7:56 PM IST

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