In a bid to take more control of cricket’s day-to-day affairs, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to take away most the functioning powers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) office-bearers, issuing a new do’s and dont’s list that has left them absolutely ineffective. Vinod Rai and Diana Eduljee released a 12-point note to BCCI, telling them that this is being done to ensure the smooth conduction of SC orders, while also promoting good governance. The acting president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary already didn’t have as much say in the current scenario, but now find themselves devoid of even the little powers that they were left with. With the new ruling, the trio can’t use BCCI funds to meet legal expenses to contest Lodha panel recommendations.
“Any employee/retainer/consultant of BCCI who receives a communication from any office-bearer and finds that the same is not copied to the CEO and/or the Committee of Administrators, shall immediately forward the same to the CEO and/or the Committee of Administrators, as the case may be,” the CoA was quoted as saying by New Indian Express, devoiding the current office bearers of taking decisions on their own
The CoA, hence, has dictated that all existing office-bearers as well as the CEO “shall be bound to act in accordance with the directions of the CoA and shall aid, assist and cooperate with the CoA so as to enable it to (i) effectively supervise the management and administration of the BCCI through the CEO; (ii) ensure that the directions contained in the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgment dated 18th July 2016 (“Judgment”) are implemented; and (iii) supervise and control the functioning of the office-bearers of the BCCI. The existing office-bearers and the CEO shall take all necessary steps to ensure compliance and/or give effect to these directions”.
“In order to address various difficulties and to better facilitate the supervision and control of the management and administration of BCCI, the CoA is of the view that it is now necessary to issue a fresh set of directions to replace the directions on April 6, 2017,” Rai said.
The board officials, however are of the opionion that this decision on part of the CoA needs to be challenged. Countering the developements that have been done so far, they believe that “the CoA has gone about doing everything except the one thing that the Supreme Court has asked them to do”.
“They’ve swept that aside and instead have been sitting here for 16 months, taking decisions that have nothing do with the SC order. So they’re school principals and we’re schoolchildren, is it?” a fuming BCCI members had told TOI.
he current BCCI office bearers are finding it hard to digest CoA’s instructions and have even branded it as ‘rediculous’.
“This is ridiculous. What is this, a Nazi comeback? My basic right as a citizen is now under question. Now, we can’t order food and water in office without CoA’s approval?” BCCI officials retorted to CoA’s 12 pointer.