Get the app

Supreme Court Issuing Notice to Srinivasan & Niranjan Will Help BCCI Move Forward: Official

A section of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is happy and feels that the Supreme Court’s move to issue notices to former BCCI president N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah for attending the Special General Meeting of the board despite disqualification is a step that will help the board move in the right direction.

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext |July 15, 2017, 10:54 PM IST
Supreme Court Issuing Notice to Srinivasan & Niranjan Will Help BCCI Move Forward: Official

New Delhi: A section of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is happy and feels that the Supreme Court’s move to issue notices to former BCCI president N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah for attending the Special General Meeting of the board despite disqualification is a step that will help the board move in the right direction.

Speaking to CricketNext, a BCCI official said that it was a welcome sign as the board needs to move forward and work towards rebuilding the tarnished image of the BCCI. The official feels that the notice could finally see disqualified members staying away from the functioning of the board and the BCCI making progress in implementing the reforms of the Lodha panel as per the direction of the SC in July 2016.

“It is a welcome move for sure. The BCCI needs to get back to working in unison and that is not possible till certain disqualified members don’t stay away from interfering in the working of the board. The BCCI is trying its best to get the ball rolling, but every time some members try to move things forward, a few members ensure that the process is stalled. Hopefully, this will see the end to this style of functioning. The 7-member committee formed to read the Lodha panel’s proposals and look at implementing them should be able to function better after this,” he said.

The SC issued notices after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in a scathing status report, described the duo of Srinivasan and Shah as "disqualified office bearers with vested interest", who are trying to stall implementation of Lodha reforms. And the basic reason was the way in which the state bodies failed to partially implement the panel’s reforms even after promising the same to the COA on June 25, a day before the SGM.

Throwing light on the same, the official revealed how one of the disqualified members had ensured that a panel was formed even though most of the state bodies wanted to implement the reforms partially.

“A draft was prepared late into the night on June 25 so that the members could be briefed on how to go about implementing the Lodha panel’s reforms. But when one official saw the draft on Monday morning and realised that some of the points raised by him had been ignored, he ensured that he got the special committee formed. But let me tell you, the committee is keen to get things in order and the process will be much easier if there is no external interference,” he said.

It was the fourth status report that was submitted to the Supreme Court by the COA. The earlier reports were filed on February 27, March 17 and April 7.

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the duo of Srinivasan and Shah time till July 24 to respond to the notice. The apex court further said that it will examine if office bearers, otherwise disqualified, can participate in BCCI affairs through other routes. The CoA's report praised acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary for trying to work towards implementation of reforms but accused treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary — a Srinivasan loyalist — of being a "mute spectator".

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7748 121
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 South Africa 5193 110
5 Australia 5854 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 10645 260
see more