BCCI officiating secretary-CoA continue to be at logger heads

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India officiating secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administration (CoA) are busy sparring via emails.

BCCI acting secretary Choudhary has written a strongly worded letter to the CoA, headed by Vinod Rai, after the board office bearers functions are drastically minimised.

Choudhary, according to a report published by national daily Times of India, has questioned CoA’s decisions since its inception on January 2 last year, while also accusing the BCCI “watchdog” of non-cooperation with the elected BCCI office bearers and trying to replace them.

Choudhary has also challenged CoA over the procedure to appointing senior BCCI professionals and creating new roles like GM Marketing and Digital Communication.

Earlier, the CoA had asked the board office-bearers to stop using the BCCI funds to meet legal expenses while also accusing them of travelling for meetings without the CoA’s nod.

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Choudhary in the long letter has also questioned the authority of the CoA for issuing such a letter, while explaining the role assigned to it by the Supreme Court. While accusing the CoA of attempts to dethrone the office-bearers, he has alleged “the two cardinal aspects that the CoA has been giving effect to since your very first day in office, namely, that i) No office bearers exist ii) CoA will supplant and replace the office bearers and assume their powers and functions.”

Choudhary has also reproduced the excerpts the Supreme Court order which assigned the CoA to help in implementation of the Lodha Commission recommendation and supervising the day to day functinoning of the BCCI.

Choudhary further stated that the CoA has shown “complete disregard” to the court directives.

CoA head Vinod Rai and CEO Rahul Johri, according to the Times of India, have responded strongly to Choudhary’s allegations. Johri in his mail has justified the appointment of Priya Gupta as GM marketing of the BCCI. Choudhary had objected to the same.

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