Ethics officer to women’s cricket: Manohar’s 5 shots as new BCCI boss
Shashank Manohar was brought back as the BCCI president after the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya. After recent controversies over corruption and IPL, will BCCI now bring clean cricket? Here are five things Manohar promised.cricket Updated: Oct 04, 2015 19:49 IST
Shashank Manohar, a 58-year-old Nagpur-based lawyer, was on Sunday elected unopposed as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president for a second time and vowed to clean up the mess in the body by announcing a slew of reforms aimed at restoring the credibility of the game.
The BCCI has received considerable flak over the last few years as number of corruption and conflict of interest charges have surfaced against it. It has been grappling with a fixing and betting scandal around the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has spent significant time defending itself in the Supreme court.
Manohar’s appointmenthas been seen as a setback for ICC chairman and former BCCI president N Srinivasan whom Manohar has publicly blamed for bringing the BCCI into disrepute. A Supreme Court probe found Srinivasan’s son-in-law guilty of corruption in the IPL.
While taking over the responsibility as BCCI president, Manohar said the BCCI will initiate measures to crack down on corruption in the game and frame regulations on the contentious issue of conflict of interest.
Here are the five key promises that Manohar made:
Manohar promised to take steps to curb the menace of corruption in Indian cricket.
“We need to lay down the norms and measures to prevent corruption in the games. We will have more programmes to educate players,” he said.
“I will discuss this with our secretary (Anurag Thakur) as to whether we can have discussions with the Central Government in order to find out whether we can have a tie-up with investigative agencies as BCCI does not have investigative powers. This will help restore the faith of the fans in the game.”
Manohar spoke about bringing more transparency in the functioning of state units where an independent auditor would check their expenses as to how they are spending the BCCI grant.
“The associations are paid huge money by the BCCI to spend on cricketing or other activities. Their accounts are audited by auditors appointed by state associations. But I would like to have a system where Board appoints an auditor independent of state associations. Once their accounts are audited, they would get full money,” he said.
One of Manohar’s immediate plans is to appoint an Ethics officer in the body who will deal with issues like conflict of interest and help improve the battered image of the powerful cricketing body.
“BCCI had formed regulation for players, coaches and staff. We are planning to have an Ombudsman or an Ethics officer independent of the Board who can look into the complaints regarding conflict of interest.”
Centre of Excellence
Manohar also advocated that the National Cricket Academy should once again start as the Centre of Excellence rather than being a rehabilitation centre.
“We would want NCA to function throughout the year. There are no good spinners available in the country. We want NCA to be a centre which can produce replacement for the available lot when required.”
Promote women cricketers
While the BCCI finance committee had already passed a resolution of having women cricketers under central contracts system, Manohar reiterated the BCCI’s position on the issue.
“The BCCI will have central contracts for women cricketers. This will encourage more and more women to take up the sport in future.”