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Vinod Rai admits he has no BCCI exposure; wants smooth transition, clean cricket

Vinod Rai, former CAG, has said he would strictly play a temporary role until elected representatives took charge of the new bodies in BCCI. Vinod Rai is heading a Supreme Court-appointed four-member panel to run the cricket Board

cricket Updated: Jan 31, 2017 13:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Vinod Rai heads the four-member administrative panel appointed by Supreme Court to run the BCCI. The other members are historian, Ramachandra Guha, banking executive, Vikram Limaye and former India women’s team skipper, Diana Edulji.(AFP/Getty Images)

Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Vinod Rai, said on Monday that his role as Indian cricket board’s interim administrative head would be akin to a ‘nightwatchman’ in the game.

“Our immediate focus would be to understand the functioning of the BCCI. We are not familiar with their functioning at all. So we need to first get down to understanding that,” Vinod Rai told HT.

“Not just that, we also need to study the Lodha committee report in detail and get familiar with each and every aspect of the report,” the former Auditor added.

“We want to exit at the earliest...we want to entrust the responsibility to a duly elected body at the earliest,” Rai said.

“My role will be that of a nightwatchman, I will ensure smooth transition,” Rai told TV channel, NDTV. “I’ve no BCCI exposure, but I’m very fond of cricket and am very interested in ensuring the game runs in the right direction.”

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The Supreme Court named a four-member panel of interim administrators on Monday with Vinod Rai as the head and historian, Ramachandra Guha, banking executive, Vikram Limaye and former India women’s team skipper, Diana Edulji as members.

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The panel is expected to end the administrative vacuum in the influential and cash-rich body which followed the disqualification of senior officials, including president, Anurag Thakur, and secretary, Ajay Shirke, from continuing in their posts after being rendered ineligible as per the guidelines mentioned in the Justice RM Lodha Committee report.

The BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, has been running the Board since the court ousted Thakur and Shirke, along with those who do not meet the eligibility criteria for officials as set out by the Lodha panel.

The current panel is expected to stay on till fresh elected members come in. They will have to sumbit a status report to the Supreme Court by March 27, the date of the next hearing.

First Published: Jan 30, 2017 18:17 IST