CoA & BCCI at loggerheads over SGM


The members of the BCCI are all set to raise ‘serious concerns’ over the manner in which the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has ‘denigrated’ India’s stand at the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the last one year and taken decisions at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) without ‘adequate considerations’.

These concerns form a part of a detailed agenda that has been put together as the BCCI gears up for a highly assertive Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi on June 22.

A day after more than a dozen members of the cricket board came together and demanded for the SGM to be scheduled, CoA too did not waste time in sending out a statement saying the notice for the said SGM is in violation to their directives issued in March this year.

On March 16 this year, the CoA had released a 12-point directive for members of the BCCI, one of which categorically read: “No meeting of the general body will be allowed without approval of the COA”.

BCCI members, nevertheless, are in no mood to follow the CoA’s directives. Their view on the matter is based on the logic that the SC-appointed CoA’s remit is only to supervise the day-to-day administration of the BCCI and ensure that the recommendations of the Lodha Committee are adopted.

The notice for the SGM has been sent out by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

“Now, since the SC itself is studying those recommendations, the CoA has no remit. That’s the basic thing. Further, their day-to-day supervision is what has gone on to hurt the BCCI more than anything else. The SC has not said anywhere that the members can’t meet. CoA’s note is in direct violation of whatever the SC is saying,” say members.

The members of the board are convinced that the CoA has spared no effort in damaging India’s stand from a global cricketing perspective and have tried to get themselves involved in matters where they neither have the proper understanding nor the remit.

“They’ve caused India loss of revenue and reputation. That aside, they’ve not honoured a legal document that forms an agreement between BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC). Random decisions have been taken at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Commercial rights have been sold without keeping state bodies or even the officebearers informed. These are gross violations,” say board members.

Former India cricketers – and some very prominent names at that – aren’t amused at the manner in which the NCA in Bangalore is being run right now. Tufan Ghosh, the NCA’s chief operating officer (COO), who has come from the hospitality sector, is busy handing out assignments to coaches at the academy and as one former India cricketer – who has been associated with the academy – says: “Cricketers are the last ones included in the scheme of things.”

10-POINT AGENDA FOR SGM

To consider and decide on matters relating to players’ contracts/ remunerations Update on and to decide on matters pertaining to commercial rights and sponsorships of BCCI.

To consider & decide on matters pertaining to the ICC including but not limited to revenues and the Members Participation Agreement.

Update on and to decide on matter relating to dispute raised by PCB in the ICC DRC.

Decide on matters pertaining to Committees and sub-committees of BCCI To consider & decide on matters pertaining to appointments and Human Resources of the BCCI.

Consider and decide on legal matters and on the matter of legal representation of the BCCI Consider and to take decisions on all matters pertaining to NCA Consider and to take decisions on all matters of cricket operations Consider and take decisions on the T20 tournaments hosted and organized by state units

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