BCCI treasurer questions purpose of Saba Karim's UK visit

Nearly a month after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) scuttled BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary’s visit to the UK, it is time for treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary to question the upcoming UK visit of the board’s general manager (cricket operations), Saba Karim, a former India wicketkeeper.

In an e-mail – of which TOI has a copy – on Monday to the CoA, Chaudhary said: “Dear sir (referring to CoA head Vinod Rai) and madam (referring to CoA member Diana Edulji), I have received an email for signing a letter to be sent to M/s Thomas Cook for the release of foreign exchange to Karim for his D.A. of an amount equal to $4,050/- for his proposed visit to the UK for a period of nine days…I would like to request for the following information regarding Karim’s visit: (a) supporting documents that show the purpose of his visit to the UK and the decision-making process thereof and any invitation from ECB or any communication to the ECB prior to the approval regarding the same; (b) the supporting documents showing that the approvals are in place; (c) information as to whether any other staff has visited the UK recently; (d) The possibility that if there was any such travel recently, could such staff person travelling not have done the work that Karim may be travelling for?”

The board treasurer then refers to the CoA’s e-mail to the acting secretary last month, which denied him permission to travel to the UK. “I do not wish to be misunderstood here…therefore I refer to the email from the CoA dated 18.06.2018 to Choudhary wherein the hon’ble committee, while forbidding the acting secretary to travel to England, had stated, ‘From the contents of your email, the CoA does not see any value addition to the BCCI in your merely watching the three T20 India-England games to be played in England.’ “Therefore, though I am not aware of the reasons for the nine-day tour of Karim and no paper, document or communication other than the letter for me to affix my signature has been sent to me, in addition to wanting to satisfy my curiosity, I also wanted to be cautious to ensure that no one was attempting to circumvent the letter and spirit of the decision of the CoA.”

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