Disqualified BCCI hurt as CoA calls the shots

The CoA, on its part, believes that the office bearers have overstayed their term of office and cut them to size.

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A handful of disqualified office bearers and members of the BCCI -- following the Supreme Court order of January 2, 2017 -- and members who have not complied with the Justice Lodha reforms in cricket report, have expressed their anguish and disgust at the Committee of Administrators (CoA) calling the shots on all matters cricketing, financial and day to day affairs of the BCCI. This despite the BCCI rules and regulations stating that all processes must go through the office bearers and committees.

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A large number, including the disqualified former BCCI and TNCA President, N. Srinivasan, and his acolytes, Niranjan Shah of the Saurashtra Cricket Association, met in Delhi on Saturday and connected with many over phone -- including Sourav Ganguly, who is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal from September 2015. 

The meeting found fault with the CoA on many issues, but by remaining silent, appeared to have concurred with the CoA's decision on player contract and compensation and to create a fund of Rs. 125 crore. Also the CoA's decision to allow Virat Kohli to skip the inaugural Test against Afghanistan, allowing him to play for Surrey in the County championship matches leading to India’s long tour of England this summer, did not go down well.

The former and present BCCI administrators have pointed out anomalies on the bid price for the BCCI media rights and taking away the powers of the office bearers, but the same group did not deem it fit to invite the acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary. 

The CoA, on its part, believes that the office bearers have overstayed their term of office and cut them to size. The CoA has conveyed to them that they cannot convene any meeting without its consent and that they cannot travel on what is perceived as official duty, without due permission.