The Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court (SC) to oversee cricketing matters in the country has come under severe criticism from some Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members and state units for barring the Indian board from taking a tough stand against the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court (SC) to oversee cricketing matters in the country has come under severe criticism from some Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members and state units for baring the Indian board from taking a tough stand against the International Cricket Council (ICC).
A senior Board member on condition of anonymity, told mid-day yesterday: “They have no clue how world cricket functions. They should have let the senior members in the board handle the ICC. Instead of doing that, they went ahead and met ICC officials in Dubai. The SC didn’t appoint them for this, did they?
‘Let BCCI take over’
“I appreciate what the CoA was doing to clean Indian cricket, to bring in more transparency, to bring more accountability. But, they should have let the senior members handle ICC matters because they have proper insight and understanding of matters,” added the member.
A state unit head, who has also been part of the BCCI in various capacities, said: “Everybody knows how the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Cricket Australia (CA) arm-twisted others when they enjoyed veto powers. It took Jagmohan Dalmiya many years to change that equation, which was later strengthened by BCCI presidents who took over after him.
Image and money at stake
“It is not just about the money, but the position and respect that India enjoys in international cricket which is at stake now. If we don’t take a tough stand now, we will go back to where we were. It is important to fight this ploy to weaken India’s position in the international community,” the state unit head said.
Pointing fingers at the ICC chief Shashank Manohar for pushing India to a corner, another board member said: “Everybody knows who is responsible for this new revenue- sharing model, but has anybody asked questions? There is no clear answer as to why India’s share has been halved. “Whatever BCCI earns it percolates to the extreme bottom, from players to umpires, curators, scorers et al. It is undoubtedly one of the most professionally-run organisations in the country, so if the revenue decreases, the entire system will suffer.”
The member went on to say that if the ICC can’t increase India’s share, they could at least give them another opportunity to generate the remaining revenue on their own. “Give India a 60-day window for another IPL-like tournament or let BCCI organise a similar tournament in the US where even the ICC is trying to develop the game.
Can’t they do that?” he asked. CoA head Vinod Rai was unavailable for comment. His co-member Diana Edulji said she won’t like to comment till the BCCI SGM concludes on Sunday.