Kohli-Kumble row could have upset Ramachandra Guha

The writer and historian has informed the Supreme Court of his decision to quit the Committee of Administrators, and will explain the reasons to his erstwhile colleagues soon.

Ramachandra Guha was appointed a member of the Committee of Administrators by the Supreme Court in January.   -  Vivek Bendre

Administrators within and outside the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were unwilling to guess the reason behind Ramachandra Guha’s communication to the Supreme Court of his decision to quit the Committee of Administrators (CoA). Guha has conveyed to the other members of the CoA that he will explain his reasons soon.

Guha, a writer and historian, Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Vikram Limaye were nominated to the CoA by the Supreme Court on January 30 to enforce the July 18, 2016 order of the apex court (related to the implementation of the Lodha Committee’s reforms), and also to supervise and manage the affairs of the BCCI through its CEO.

Guha has also told the Supreme Court that he had tendered his resignation to the CoA chairman Rai on May 28 - a communication that was probably not conveyed to the other two members Diana and Limaye.

It could probably be surmised that Guha, a keen follower of the game, was quite wound up with the news of the senior team players questioning the “style of functioning” of the head coach Anil Kumble, with captain Virat Kohli going to the extent of conveying the same to Rai on May 21. Rai subsequently discussed the matter with his colleagues during their meeting in Hyderabad. Sources revealed there were unpleasant moments when Rai discussed with acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary the matter of the BCCI having asked Virender Sehwag to apply for the post of the head coach.

Any man with integrity would have been disturbed by the alleged covert ways of the BCCI, and it would not be wrong to believe that the CoA was livid at Sehwag being asked to apply. It can be also be presumed that the CoA - unfairly criticised for not being able to implement the Lodha recommendations - has not been comfortable with the Supreme Court not responding to the handful of status reports it has submitted since its appointment on Jan. 30.

All these factors may have frustrated Guha and as a natural corollary made him quit the CoA.

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