CoA curtails BCCI’s powers, dashes Srini’s ICC return hopes

Committee of Administrators

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has reminded the office bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the ultimate control and power of the board’s administration and management will still rest with them.

Issuing a fresh directive on Thursday, the CoA BCCI said the board’s office bearer would function “subject to the supervision and control” of them.

The CoA also quashed the office bearers’ decision to not follow its directives after they were told that they could not take any independent decisions.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the three board officials namely vice president CK Khanna, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry had repeatedly met the CoA BCCI in order to discuss the extent of their powers.

The trio had insisted that they are governed by the BCCI constitution, which allows them total control of the country’s cricket board.

Meanwhile, the office bearers, in their Special General body Meeting (SGM) of the board on April 9 in New Delhi, also discussed the fallout of the various apex court orders concerning the implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms.

However, the CoA has today issued a three-page instruction for the three existing BCCI office bearers, which it said “supersedes” all its previous notices.

“The existing office bearers and the CEO shall be bound to act in accordance with the directions of the Committee of Administrators and shall aid, assist and cooperate with the Committee of Administrators,” the COA said.

The CoA has also asked the office bearers as well as the various BCCI committees to inform the board’s chief executive officer Rahul Johri of any decisions they take and any meetings they arrange. Subsequently, Johri will convey the information to the CoA.

“All communications between the office bearers and any employees/retainers/consultants of the BCCI shall be copied to the CEO. The CEO shall keep the Committee of Administrators fully apprised of the actions being taken by the existing office bearers and may, for that purpose, call for any information/documents from any person that he considers necessary,” the CoA concluded.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has made it clear that any attempted move by the BCCI office bearers and state associations to bring former board president N Srinivasan back into the fold would need the approval of the Supreme Court.

Srinivasan fails the eligibility test on three main fronts. He is past the age cap of 70 years. He has also completed nine years as an office bearer both at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the BCCI, which disqualifies him automatically. Srinivasan is also yet to resign as the president of the TNCA, thereby flouting the court judgement of July 2016, which had approved the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.