CoA denies talk with Shastri over India's show in England

The CoA chief Vinod Rai declined of having any word with coach Ravi Shastri over India's poor outing in England.

The CoA had a long meeting in Mumbai to discuss various issues.   -  AP

Even before the Committee of Administrators (CoA) met at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters on Tuesday, reports had emerged that the committee would speak to India’s chief coach, Ravi Shastri, about the team’s poor outing in England.

But the CoA chief, Vinod Rai, made it clear that the committee did not speak to Shastri during the marathon meeting. “Nothing was discussed. Let the team come back,” Rai said. He, however, did not elaborate on whether he will speak to Shastri after the team returns home.

Not willing to disclose the proceedings of the meeting, which went on for nearly four and a half hours, Rai said that there were general discussions on adoption of the BCCI constitution. “No major issues (were discussed),” Rai said.

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Even though Rai maintained silence, sources in the know of things have confirmed to Sportstar that some of the associations have sought clarification from the Board on amendment of their constitutions, toeing in line with the BCCI’s bye-laws. As per the Supreme Court order, all the associations need to amend their constitution and submit a compliance report to the BCCI and Supreme Court by September 20.

But sources have indicated that some of the associations like Goa Cricket Association (GCA) have written to the Board asking to clarify a few issues. However, GCA’s president, Suraj Lotlikar, told this publication that it has already amended its constitution. “We have followed the recommendations. After completing the process, we will send a copy to the Board and the Supreme Court. We have already amended the constitution,” Lotlikar said, making it clear that the association hasn’t sought any clarification.

Some of the associations, it has been learnt, are confused with the nine-year cap on being an administrator. “There is a confusion on whether an official can serve for nine years each in BCCI or if he can have nine years each in BCCI and a state association. Some members have written seeking clarification,” a senior Board official said.

There were reports that the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has appealed to the Supreme Court requesting it to dissolve the CoA, but there was no comment from the Board or the CoA on the issue.