Bigwigs absent at BCCI SGM

At the much-awaited BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM), it was resolved that Choudhary and Johri should try and get the best deal from ICC on the financial model count for the 2016-23 revenue cycle. The BCCI may also ask the ICC to defer giving finality to the changes to the Constitution and Financial model by two months.

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In the absence of bigwigs, the much-awaited BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) took place in New Delhi on Tuesday without any outward show of rancour among full member representatives, many of whom had given indications of opposing former BCCI president N. Srinivasan for the post of ICC director at the SGM that was adjourned on April 9.

For the past 12 years, the BCCI members have been accustomed to heavyweights like Sharad Pawar, Shashank Manohar, N. Srinivasan, Jagmohan Dalmiya (who passed away in September 2015) and Anurag Thakur or even Lalit Modi calling the shots at Working Committee, General Body and IPL Governing Council meetings. With the Supreme Court not allowing Srinivasan to represent the BCCI at the ICC meetings, the SGM dealt with the business in hand “in a practical way”, a full remember representative said.

While a handful of disqualified administrators attended the meeting, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association went unrepresented at the SGM.

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With the matter of who would attend the ICC Board and CEC meeting decided by the Supreme Court on Monday (BCCI Jt. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri), the members, after some deliberations, resolved that Choudhary and Johri should try and get the best deal on the financial model count for the 2016-23 revenue cycle. How far Choudhary and Johri can convince the ICC Board and make them come around their way is a matter of conjecture, but the good thing though is both are on talking terms with the ICC chairman Manohar. In this context, it’s possible the three may start talking from Wednesday itself.

The BCCI may even go the extent of asking the ICC to defer giving finality to the changes to the Constitution and Financial model by two months, which means setting aside the matter until the Annual Conference scheduled after the ICC Champions Trophy in London in June. Sources said a similar request from the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) Vikram Limaye at the ICC Board meeting in February was rejected.

“There was a meeting between the office-bearers and some full member representatives two hours before the start of the SGM and issues were thrashed out. Hence the SGM dealt with issues on the agenda in a practical way. It was also decided to work with the CoA on certain matters. The BCCI has been told by the CoA that all legal matters have to be routed through the Supreme Court-appointed committee. So this issue and many more overlapping functions need to be streamlined,’’ said a full member representative.