We are geared up to fulfil SC-given mandate, says Rai

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jul 2017 09:23:10



UNFAZED by the delaying tactics adopted by the members of BCCI at its last SGM, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has strengthened its resolve to implement the mandate given to it by the apex court.
“There is no question of being disappointed or not (over the outcome of the SGM which decided to form a small committee to revisit certain points of the Supreme Court order). We have a mandate to fulfil and we are geared up to fulfil it whether the SGM takes decision this way or that,” said COA’s chairman Vinod Rai after its meeting here on Saturday.

“We were building a consensus (among the members) but if the consensus is not built up, we will have to implement the mandate. It’s as simple as that,” the former CAG insisted.
“Whether the (BCCI) members implement or not the (Supreme) Court’s directive is to implement the order and that will be done,” he reiterated.
He was referring to the Supreme Court’s July 18, 2016 order of sweeping reforms in the BCCI based on the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations.

BCCI deliberates on alternate suggestions

THE BCCI’s eight-member committee Saturday deliberated on the issue of three-year ‘cooling off’ period with a couple of alternate suggestions, including a 12-year tenure for office bearers in the proposed draft bill of National Sports Code.
The Lodha Panel reforms states that a cumulative period of nine years for any BCCI office-bearers (separate 9 years for state units) with three-year ‘cooling off’ between every term.

“Nothing was minuted but there were some alternate suggestions discussed. One suggestion was office-bearers can have two straight terms of four years (total eight years) followed by four-year cooling off and a third (final) term of four years.

“This is what is there in National Sports Code’s draft bill. This was discussed at length,” a committee member told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The other proposal was to have a straight nine-year term without any ‘cooling off’.

“This was also deliberated as some members felt that let’s propose a full nine-year term without any breaks if 12 years with one break is unacceptable,” the committee member said.

Tenure has been an issue with a lot of officials including Sourav Ganguly, who will have to relinquish his office on July 14 if one strictly adheres to Lodha reforms.
Ganguly in fact joined the meeting via Skype from Kolkata.
It was learnt that ‘One State One Vote’, increasing the number of selectors from three to five are issues that will be mentioned.

“For Niranjan Shah, the issue was age cap of 70 years and he has objections,” the source added.
The BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said that they will have another meeting in Mumbai on July 7, the second and last of this committee during which they will try to “bring down the gamut of difficulties to three or four”.
India coach to be selected on July 10: Ganguly

THE interview to select the next India coach will be held on July 10 in Mumbai, former India captain Sourav Ganguly who is also part of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) said here on Saturday.

“The interview will be held on the 10th of this month in Mumbai,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) meeting. Besides Ganguly, the committee also has Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.