CoA to meet at BCCI headquarters to discuss road map for Board elections

With the state associations supposed to elect office-bearers following the revised constitution by September 14, the CoA is expected to take a stock of things.

The BCCI officials have indicated that the CoA might discuss about the corruption allegations floating in the state association-run T20 leagues.   -  Getty Images

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will meet at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters on Friday to discuss the road map for the Board elections, which is scheduled on October 22.

With the state associations supposed to elect office-bearers following the revised constitution by September 14, the CoA is expected to take a stock of things.

“Some of the administrative issues will be up for discussion in the meeting. With the election dates announced, the CoA will have to deliberate on the policies and the road ahead,” one of the BCCI officials, told Sportstar.

While a majority of state units have fallen in line, there are issues with a few state associations and the CoA is likely to deliberate on the matter.

Sportstar understands that the CoA is most likely to take a call on the appointment of the electoral officer. The electoral protocol needs to be prepared by the Electoral Officer of BCCI in consultation with the CoA and it should be communicated to all by June 30.

Call on NCA coaches

The CoA, it is expected, will also take a call on the appointment process of the coaches at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). In the last week of April, the Board had invited applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach among others.

With ‘conflict of interest’ issues hovering over a few appointment processes in the past, the committee will have to address the ‘grey areas’. “There are a lot of candidates involved in the process and the Board will have to take a call, keeping everything in mind,” one of the officials said.

T20 league corruption issues

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The BCCI officials have indicated that the CoA might discuss about the corruption allegations floating in the state association-run T20 leagues. Recently, reports claimed that a Mumbai player -- who has played Ranji Trophy -- was approached by a rival team owner to under-perform in the Mumbai T20 League semifinals.

Although the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials claimed that even though they haven't received any written complaint from the player yet, the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit has emailed to the association asking them to report on the matter.

On Thursday evening, the MCA held an ad-hoc committee meeting and decided to ‘refer the matter’ to the BCCI. “We haven’t received any official complaint from anyone. If the Board wants to look into the matter, we will provide full support,” one of the MCA officials said. The ad-hoc committee comprises CEO C S Naik, Prof Dr Unmesh Khanwilkar, Navin Shetty, Ganesh Iyer and Shahalam Shaikh.

The BCCI ACU, however, confirmed that it will take up the matter once it officially hears from the MCA.

“We haven’t heard anything from MCA yet. We sent one of our officers to the MCA today and take a stock of things. We will take this matter very seriously,” ACU chief, Ajit Singh Shekhawat, told this publication.