BCCI seeks members’ response to audit report in 10 days

While some associations are planning to discuss the report in detail in a managing committee, some are already clear about “ten days being too short for submitting a reply”.

The BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote to all the BCCI affiliates asking them to submit their response to the Deloitte report “within ten days”.   -  P.V. Sivakumar

 

Almost a year after its submission, the Board of Control of India (BCCI) has asked all its member associations to submit a response to an internal financial report submitted by Deloitte, the global auditing giant.

Following the instructions from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, the BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri wrote to all the BCCI affiliates asking them to submit their response to the Deloitte report “within ten days”. Sportstar understands that the BCCI has also shared Deloitte’s observations about the respective member bodies.

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As a part of BCCI’s Project Transformation, Deloitte, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers, was hired for bringing in greater accountability and transparency by the previous BCCI dispensation in October 2015. While the axed BCCI president Anurag Thakur continued to highlight the appointment of Deloitte as a significant step towards improving BCCI’s administration, the Deloitte report had not been acted upon ever since it was submitted last year.

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The report is understood to have made startling revelations about most of the BCCI members. It has detailed financial misappropriations, besides highlighting the use of the grant received by BCCI for personal gains of officials in multiple state associations.

The State associations appear to be unsure about its next step. While some associations are planning to discuss the report in detail in a managing committee, some are already clear about “ten days being too short for submitting a reply”.

Maharashtra Cricket Association Abhay Apte said he is in no position to comment about the BCCI communication. “The Committee (of Administrators) has instructed us to keep this matter confidential, so there is no question of me commenting about it,” he said from Pune.

A former BCCI office-bearer, however, said the Deloitte report cannot be made binding on the State associations. “Let's not even get into whether all the protocols for an audit report like an exit meeting have been filed or not. First and foremost, the report was meant only for internal purpose and it cannot be thrust upon any member,” he said, citing anonymity.

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