CoA to BCCI: 'You cannot talk to ICC without our permission'

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) conveyed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials on Tuesday afternoon that it cannot have correspondence with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on any matter without seeking its permission.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Tuesday afternoon, conveyed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials that they cannot have correspondence with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on any matter without seeking its permission.

The CoA’s business-like communication was sent to the BCCI’s acting president C. K. Khanna, Jt. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, Anirudh Chaudhry and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. When contacted, Khanna said: "My daughter is in hospital. I cannot talk anything now."

A few members revealed that Khanna has not been taken into confidence by vested interests in the BCCI.

Upset by the ICC’s overwhelming 12-2 and 13-1 vote to pass the changes to its Constitution and Financial model at the ICC Board meeting in Dubai on April 26, the BCCI has being trying to drum up support of its members to invoke the Members Participation Agreement (MPA), which actually means pulling out of all ICC events to be held from 2017 to 2023.

The BCCI has convened a Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi on May 7 to consider the key resolutions and other decisions taken at the ICC meetings from April 22 to 26.

Earlier in the day, the BCCI sent a eleventh-hour SMS, asking its full members to join a conference call and give their opinion on the matter of invoking the MPA. It’s understood that harsh words were said about the Vidarbha Cricket Assocication (VCA), but its representative, Anand Jaiswal (president, VCA), asserted that the VCA is a full member of the BCCI and its opinion on the particular matter should be noted.

"Not many members joined the conference call. And many who were part of the hurriedly-arranged con-call did not give their opinion. Why should the BCCI do all this in a covert manner? I believe they are going to talk to the others who could not join the con-call. A couple of them got disconnected mid-way. First of all, they did not even issue a notice specifying the agenda so that each member could have placed it before the committee," said a participant in the conference call.

The letter from CoA to the BCCI


 

Dear All,

A.            The order dated 2 January 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court inter alia  ordered and directed that:

 

“A Committee of administrators shall supervise the administration of BCCI through its Chief Executive Officer.

...

... the Committee of Administrators shall also ensure that the directions contained in the judgment of this Court dated 18 July 2016 (which accepted the report of the Committee with modifications) are fulfilled and to adopt all necessary and consequential steps for that purpose.

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...Upon the Committee of administrators as nominated by this Court assuming charge, the existing office bearers shall function subject to the supervision and control of the Committee of administrators. The Committee of administrators would have the power to issue all appropriate directions to facilitate due supervision and control”

 

B.             Thereafter, the order dated 30 January 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court states that:

 

“... The C.E.O. of B.C.C.I. shall report to the Committee of Administrators and the Administrators shall supervise the management of B.C.C.I.”

 

C.             In light of the aforesaid orders, it will be apparent that (i) the Committee of Administrators shall supervise the management and administration of the BCCI through its CEO; (ii) the office bearers shall function subject to the supervision and control of the Committee of Administrators; (iii) the Committee of Administrators will have the power to  issue all appropriate directions to facilitate due supervision and control of the functioning of BCCI; and (iv) the CEO shall report to the Committee of Administrators and the Committee of Administrators shall supervise the management of BCCI.

 

With a view to ensuring that the management and administration of the BCCI are carried out in accordance with the orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as in the interests of good governance, the Committee of Administrators considers it necessary to issue the following directions in addition to the directions dated 6 April 2017:

 

1.              All letters, notices and other correspondence on behalf of the BCCI which seek to invoke or exercise any rights/ remedies under the Members Participation Agreement entered into between the BCCI and the ICC Business Corporation FZ-LLC (“IBC”) shall only be issued with the prior approval of the Committee of Administrators.

 

2.              The direction in Paragraph 1 above shall also apply to letters, notices and other correspondence which seek to invoke or exercise any rights/ remedies against the International Cricket Council (“ICC”).

 

Issued By:

The Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Administrators of the BCCI

 

Dated: 2 May 2017