Diana Edulji says no regrets after end of CoA tenure

CoA member Diana Edulji expressed happiness at a player (Sourav Ganguly) taking charge of BCCI after the Committee’s last meeting on Tuesday. CoA will officially demit office after Ganguly takes charge on Wednesday.

CoA member Diana Edulji says she has no regrets over the way the Committee function despite many disagreements with chairman Vinod Rai.   -  PTI

As the Committee of Administrators ends its 33-month term at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the members welcomed Sourav Ganguly as the new president of the Board.

"It is good that a player (has become a president). He knows in and out what is required. I wish him all the best and let’s hope that he will do well and cricket should do well," CoA member Diana Edulji said after the Committee’s last meeting on Tuesday.

"I am sure BCCI will reach greater heights, and as usual we want to be best organisation in the world, most powerful one in the world, and it should be that BCCI should get what it deserves," former India captain Edulji said.

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After filing his nomination last week, Ganguly had stressed that he will work on the betterment of domestic cricket.

Edulji agreed that a lot of work needs to be done. "Lot more work (has to be done), we were working on that (increasing remuneration for players), but could not finish it. The players, domestic structure does need a look in, so we can attract more cricketers to the game and let’s hope for the best," Edulji said.

During the Committee’s tenure, Edulji and Rai got into confrontation on various issues but the former India captain said she had no regrets.

"We have our differences, and we have aired it also openly.. In any organisation that works. I have always batted on the front foot, but nothing personal. It was just (on) the principles that stands were taken and that’s it. I have always called spade a spade and don’t hold back," Edulji said.

 

“I have enjoyed my journey of 33 months/ I never expected to be so long, and Mr Rai said it was like a night watchman, but this was more than that. Never heard of night watchman scoring double hundred (laughs) or triple hundred, it was a great learning experience handling the BCCI and I hope I can do something more after I finish my cooling period…" Edulji said.

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Ravi Thodge, who joined the CoA as a member in February, said: “It’s been a great learning process, coming into the administration of cricket. We learnt a lot and I think we contributed to the best of our ability.”

"We have almost implemented things the way we wanted to. There are certain things to be done, our status report has been submitted to the court and we’ll see whatever comes," Thodge said.