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Why Sourav Ganguly’s future as cricket administrator is on the rocks

On March 5, the CoA will be filing its status report to the Supreme Court, in which it will be informed that the three acting BCCI office-bearers have been removed. The top state officials like Sourav Ganguly and Amit Shah could also face ouster for defying tenure and cooling off caps.

cricket Updated: Mar 03, 2018 08:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Sourav Ganguly could be removed as President of Cricket Association of Bengal. (PTI )

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to wield the axe on the three principal office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry. It is learnt the decision was taken during CoA’s meeting held in Mumbai on Tuesday.

On March 5, the CoA will be filing its status report to the Supreme Court, in which it will be informed that the three acting office-bearers have been removed, well-placed sources said.

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The top state officials like Sourav Ganguly (President of Cricket Association of Bengal), Amit Shah (President of Gujarat Cricket Association) and Jay Shah (hon secretary GCA) could also face ouster for defying tenure and cooling off caps.

The CoA has decided to remove the trio from their BCCI posts as all of them have cumulatively completed three years as office-bearers — Khanna as the vice-president and acting president, Anirudh as treasurer and Amitabh as joint secretary and now acting secretary. Also, the CoA’s working relationship with office-bearers of late has deteriorated. The latest was the difference over the plans to host a day-night Test without taking the CoA into confidence. There is no mutual trust between the two parties.

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The three will meet the same fate as Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke, who were removed from their posts of the BCCI president and secretary, respectively, through an order of apex court on January 2, 2017.

Earlier, in August 2017, in their fifth status report that was submitted to the Supreme Court, the CoA had recommended the removal of the top three BCCI office-bearers, stating that their conduct was unfit and that they weren’t in a position to make good on their undertakings of implementing the Lodha reforms.

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“The current office-bearers of the BCCI have demonstrated scant regard for the directions issued by the Committee of Administrators and continue to flout the same with impunity,” the fifth status report read. It complained that the actions of the constituent members of the BCCI constituted “wilful disobedience” and demonstrated “overall resistance” to the Supreme Court’s order.

GANGULY, SHAHS IN TROUBLE

Also, in case of state associations which have not agreed to adopt the Lodha committee recommendations, having yet to submit the affidavits, their principal officials will have to go. It means, Gujarat Cricket Association’s Amit Shah and Jay Shah will be out due to the cooling off period after three years. The sword is likely to fall on Ganguly, the Cricket Association of Bengal President, as well.

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NEW BENCH TO HEAR CASE

Under pressure to speed up the BCCI case, there will be a new bench to hear the implementation of the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel and mandated by the apex court in July, 2016.

Currently, a three-member bench comprising of Chief Justice Deepak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud has been hearing the case.

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Justice Arun Mishra and Justice RK Agarwal will form the new bench with Justice Khanwilkar.

The reason for the change, it is understood is the current bench members also have been hearing the Babri Masjid and Aadhar Card cases. “In the last six months, the BCCI case has come up for hearing several times, but it has not been heard even for 20 minutes,” said a source.

The delay in disposing off the case has only strengthened the acting BCCI officials, leading to mismanagement at various stages.

The last hearing was on January 29 and before that December 30. It was up for hearing on February 23, and again got postponed.

The court will reopen after the Holi break on March 5, and the BCCI case could be listed for hearing on March 12 or 16.

First Published: Mar 03, 2018 08:21 IST