The newly elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar urged the working committee members to work towards improving the image of the Board that has taken a hit due to various unpleasant episodes over the last two or three years.
Addressing the 23-member powerful and decision-making body of the Board for the first time at the Cricket Centre since his election as president for the second time, the Nagpur-based lawyer reiterated his views on the need to bring constitutional amendments to wipe out the conflict of interest situations for administrators at the national and provincial level, players and support staff.
Members to study proposals
The Board members have been given time to study and examine the proposals on conflict of interest rules and share their views at the delayed AGM to be held here on November 9. Any motion moved to amend the rules and regulations would require the support of three-fourth of the members present at the meeting. “Everyone was receptive and it looks like the proposals will be accepted at the AGM,” said a member.
Manohar also informed the Working Committee of his wish not to use the chairman’s vote at Board meetings and that he would also not like to use his vote to settle a dispute arising out of more than one member claiming to represent the full member association, but leave it to the house to decide by majority.
Rule 24 of the BCCI’s Memorandum Rules and Regulations (finality in case of dispute regarding a vote) says: “In case of any dispute as to admission or rejection of a vote, the chairman shall decide the same and such decision shall be final and conclusive.”
A Working Committee member said that Manohar strongly felt the need to remove the rule that requires the president’s approval for the composition of the team chosen by the selection committees.
The president’s observations, proposals to the constitutional amendments, adoption reports of all the committees, the treasurer’s report and other matters took nearly four hours, a record in recent times for a BCCI Working Committee meeting.
No decision on CSK valuation
A member said that there was no discussion on the valuation matter of CSK after its demerger from India Cements and also about the status of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Pakistan Cricket Board for a series in the UAE in December.
"But the president and secretary expressed disappointment at the ICC docking 40 percent of the match-fee of the Indian team manager (Vinod Phadke) for violating a code of conduct rule for support staff. They said it damages the image of the Board,” a representative said.
A BCCI press release said that it has taken the following decisions:
1. To implement the Justice Lodha committee interim report in full.
2. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will remain suspended for two years.
3. The BCCI will float tenders and invite bids for two new teams to replace CSK and RR in the Indian Premier League for 2016 and 2017.
4. The treasurer’s office will start operations from the BCCI Headquarters, Mumbai at the earliest.
5. M/s. Gokhale & Sathe has been appointed as the internal auditors of the BCCI replacing M/s. P.B Vijayaragahavan & Co.
6. The Board has appointed M/s. Deloitte for ‘Project Transformation’ and M/s. PricewaterhouseCoopers as the independent agency to do the diligence for the utilisation of funds provided by BCCI to the state associations.
7. Proposals to change the BCCI rules regarding conflict of interest and the amendments to the rules and regulations of the Board.
8. Revive the National Cricket Academy as the centre of excellence and the Board will look at the lands offered by KIADB, Bengaluru.
9. The BCCI will display on its website, names of the players and umpires receiving monthly gratis and the amounts.
10. The names of the players who have been paid one-time benefit from the BCCI and the amount.
11. Reveal the medical benefit scheme for retired cricketers and umpires.
12. Display on its website all payments made by the BCCI of more than Rs 25 lakh.