BCCI Secretary Amitabh hits out at arbitrary decisions of COA

Choudhary hinted at the CoA having done virtually nothing in the recent past in order to implement the Supreme Court directive ordering administrative reforms in the BCCI.

Amitabh Chaudhary, in a letter marked to the Committee of Administrators, made a point-by-point rebuttal to Vinod Rai's missive.   -  PTI

A day after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) virtually clipped the wings of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI's) office-bearers, Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary, has hit back at the CoA.

On Thursday, the CoA had issued an advisory that barred BCCI office-bearers from representing the Board in legal cases, appointed alternate signatories in case the office-bearers fail to sign major communication and appointment letters, and barred the office-bearers and their executive assistants to travel for BCCI work without the CoA's written permission.

On Friday, Choudhary made a point-by-point rebuttal to Rai's missive.

Choudhary hinted at the CoA having done virtually nothing in the recent past in order to implement the Supreme Court directive ordering administrative reforms in the BCCI. “... Coming back to the paramount goal of realization of reforms in the BCCI i.e. the implementation of the 18th July, 2016 order, I do not recall of any mail or other communication made to me in the last 8 months which refers to the implementation of the reforms,” Choudhary wrote.

While Choudhary is the lone signatory to the letter, Sportstar understands that the CoA directive has resulted in all three BCCI office-bearers joining hands.

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Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, acting president C.K. Khanna and Choudhary may have strongly differed with each other in the past, but with the CoA virtually taking the triumvirate out of the BCCI functioning, they have decided to pose a united front.

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In a six-page letter marked to the CoA, Khanna, Chaudhry and BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri, Choudhary has hinted contempt at CoA's directions. “... one is not at a loss to understand what occasioned the latest directives. By all accounts, it seems they sprang from the COA being left without an answer by the undersigned’s reasoned and point by point missive on the irregular appointment process of the so-called GM Marketing which also sought to address your unfounded concerns on introducing day-night Test matches in India,” Choudhary wrote.

“In the process there is now a further confirmation of your long standing effort to continue to run down the office bearers by going so far as even preventing them from appearing in Court through their counsels effectively gagging even their fundamental rights and ensuring that there is no contrary viewpoint before the Hon’ble Court.”

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Choudhary has also cited various instances of the office-bearers being kept in the dark in the appointment procedure of various posts. “Several appointments have been made in the BCCI without any information of the procedure adopted to the office-bearers even on posts that hitherto did not exist in the BCCI like that of the GM (Marketing and Digital Communication),” he wrote.

“Selections to the post of the Director, NCA, the head of the ACU and many other posts have been made on the basis of the advertisements issued by the undersigned but the undersigned was kept completely in the dark about the selection process and the decisions made therein till suddenly the appointment letters were dropped by e-mail for being signed on the dotted line.”

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Choudhary concluded by requesting the CoA to work as a team with the office-bearers for implementing the administrative reforms. “Considering more than a year has elapsed since the appointment of the Committee, the undersigned therefore requests the Committee, with all humility at his command, that instead of running each other down it guides us all with single minded determination towards the paramount objective of expediting the implementation of the 18th July, 2016 judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India,” he concluded.