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BCCI Sees SGM as Only Solution After State Bodies Question CoA’s Style of Functioning

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext | Updated: June 1, 2018, 8:08 AM IST
BCCI Sees SGM as Only Solution After State Bodies Question CoA’s Style of Functioning

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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called for a Special General Meeting (SGM) on June 22 in the Capital as confused by the functioning of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (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 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.

This isn’t all. A senior official of one of the state associations said that the common feeling is that the CoA will end up destroying the whole congenial environment within the board with their tyrannical decision-making process.

“It appears that they wish to replace democratic functioning of the board with the tyranny of the unelected and thus change the dynamics of an employer-employee relationship. They have been issuing directions on those matters that they cannot issue directions. One wouldn’t be surprised if they would direct the issuance of Red Corner Notices or Non Bailable Warrants,” he said.

This sudden state of chaos and confusion among the associations is the reason behind the decision to call for the SGM, the agendas of which are given below:

1. Consider and decide on matters relating to players’ contracts and remunerations including remunerations to domestic players, match officials etc.

2. Update on and to consider and decide on matters pertaining to commercial rights and sponsorships of the BCCI.

3. To consider and to take decisions on matters pertaining to the ICC including but not limited to revenues and the Members Participation Agreement.

4. Update on and to consider and decide on the matter relating to dispute raised by PCB in the ICC DRC.

5. To consider and to decide on matters pertaining to Committees and Sub – Committees of the BCCI, and other decisions of policy nature of the BCCI.

6. To consider and decide on matters pertaining to appointments and Human Resources of the BCCI.

7. To consider and decide on legal matters and on the matter of legal representation of the BCCI in various forums generally and in specific matters.

8. To consider and to take decisions on all matters pertaining to the National Cricket Academy, its programs, and all matters pertaining to the proposed new National Cricket Academy Head Quarters.

9. To consider and to take decisions on all matters of cricket operations including those relating to the Domestic Season (2018-19.)

10. To consider and to take decisions on the T20 Tournaments hosted and organized by State Associations.

The mail sent out by the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary further stated that the venue of the meeting will be made known to the members in the coming time and only office bearers may represent the member associations.

First Published: June 1, 2018, 8:07 AM IST

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