With the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) all-important tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL), about two months away, matter related to it is expected to be at the top of the agenda when the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators meets in Delhi on Friday, for their third meeting.
Headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, the other members of the CoA are Vikram Limaye, Ramchandra Guha and Diana Edulji. Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO, and Gopal Sankaranarayanan, secretary to the Justice RM Lodha Committee, are also expected to be part of the meeting.
Laying down processes
The IPL stakeholders will be keenly following the outcome of the meeting as the CoA will be looking to finalise all procedures and clear the way for the smooth preparation ahead of the tournament, starting on April 5.
The most important decision will be on the formation of the new Governing Council as per the Lodha panel’s recommendations.
According to the guidelines, the GC should also have a players’ representative and a nominee of the Comptroller & Auditor General. However, there are challenges in the implementation, and the players association itself is yet to be formed.
Briefing on ICC meet
During the meeting, Limaye is expected to present the report on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) meeting in Dubai held at the start of the month. The CoA will deliberate on what should be the BCCI’s line of thinking on the various decisions taken at the ICC meeting, including the roll back of the financial model put in place in 2014 that will reduce BCCI’s share of revenue.
Rai’s committee is also planning an appeal in the Supreme Court through the Lodha panel for clarity on what constitutes a civil servant and a government servant. The Lodha report says they can’t be part of the cricket administration.
The CoA is also expected to have a meeting with the BCCI’s Chief Financial Officer and internal auditors. It is understood that the CoA has received a number of complaints against certain office-bearers of the BCCI and also against full-member associations who have allegedly flouted rules and regulations.
Cricket the priority
Rai said his panel is committed to bringing cricket to the doorsteps of the fans without any alteration.
“There is absolutely no problem in handling BCCI because I sincerely believe that the number of cricket lovers in this country is humongous. We need to bring cricket to the doorstep of the cricket lovers in its undiluted form,” Rai told reporters. “So, BCCI needs good governance, we will provide that and restore it to the democratic set-up that it should be.”
Commenting on his relations with the International Cricket Council (ICC), especially in the aftermath of the world cricket body’s push to approve in principle the new constitution and revenue distribution model, Rai said: “There are no road blocks with the ICC, none at all. I am absolutely confident that we will be able to do exactly the way it was meant to be.
“These are all formal channels, there is no personality issue involved in any of these. These are all well-structured agencies and we just have to ensure that they actually follow the structure that has been devised.”