CoA advises BCCI to avoid confrontation with ICC

The BCCI should avoid taking an ‘extreme’ decision, the Committee of Administrators has said.

The CoA had two separate meetings with North and East Zone members and with West, South and Central Zone members.   -  AFP (Representational Image)


At a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has advised the full members of the Board of Control for India (BCCI) not to get agitated on the matter of its influence being taken away and revenue slashed at the recent ICC meetings in Dubai.

The CoA which had two separate meetings with North and East Zone members and with West, South and Central Zone members, restated its belief that confrontation should be avoided and dialogues should continue with the ICC and that the BCCI should also focus on certain administrative (governance) changes, rather than raising the revenue model concerns alone.

Three full members told Sportstar: “We had a very cordial meeting with the CoA. We were told that the full members of the BCCI, and Special General Meeting (SGM) is supreme, and that it can take any decision at the meeting tomorrow, but we should avoid taking an extreme decision. The CoA’s advice to us was generally in line with the letter it wrote to all members a few days ago. They also heard our point of view with regard to the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committe reforms. They believe that the BCCI [and] its members’ concerns can be shared with the CoA and all can approach the Supreme Court with a common agenda.”

The CoA has also conveyed to the members that it will approach the Supreme Court in the event of the SGM taking an extreme step that would result in the BCCI exercising its rights mentioned in the Members Participation Agreement (MPA), and thereby withdrawing from the ICC competitions from the next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in England till the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. The BCCI is the host for the 2021 ICC Champions Trophy and the World Cup in 2023.

The CoA has already asked the BCCI to make way for a good environment for the Indian team to take part in the Champions Trophy and asked the Jt. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary to select the Indian team for the eight-nation tournament. “There could be some voices sharing the view for India to pull out of the competition, but we feel the members in general are ready to take a cautious decision,” said a representative from West Zone.

It's understood that a large group of members are not in favour of the notice to be sent to the ICC to rectify the breach caused to the MPA the BCCI signed with the ICC in 2014. "This option can be used at a later time. The BCCI has been given to understand that the ICC (Shashank Manohar) has agreed to consider changing a few clauses in the administrative structure," said a member.

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