Legal experts to suggest candidates to oversee BCCI affairs

Suitable candidates for a Committee of Administrators will be suggested by a group of legal experts to the Supreme Court, on January 19. The committee will be tasked to oversee the BCCI administration through its Chief Executive Officer and to ensure the adoption of the Lodha panel recommendations.

BCCI is without a president or secretary since the ousting of Anurag Thakur (right) and Ajay Shirke (left) by the Supreme Court.   -  Vivek Bendre

On January 19, legal experts Anil B. Divan and Gopal Subramaniam will submit to the Supreme Court names of suitable people to be considered as members of the Committee of Administrators (COA) for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The COA’s immediate task would be to oversee the BCCI administration through its Chief Executive Officer (Rahul Johri) and also as the court to “ensure that the directions contained in the judgment of this Court dated 18 July 2016 (which accepted the reforms in cricket report of the Justice Lodha Committee with modifications) are fulfilled and to adopt all necessary and consequential steps for that purpose.”

The court has also said that Mr. Divan and Mr. Subramaniam should suggest names of persons with integrity and experience in managing a similar enterprise.

‘Not more than three members’

People who have been involved in a similar exercise understand that the COA will not have more than three members, because they will work with the CEO and his staff in the BCCI. A former senior functionary of the BCCI said: “They should not have any former cricketer in the COA now.”

A prominent name doing the round for a COA position is Retd. Justice Mukul Mudgal who conducted the IPL probe and dealt with issues like spot and match fixing, betting, conflict of interest issues, and player agents matters. In the reforms in cricket report, the Justice Lodha Committee has said: “The Committee would like to thank Mr. Justice Mukul Mudgal for sharing his vast expertise and knowledge on sports law.”

When asked if he would be inclined to be part of the COA, Mr. Mudgal told Sportstar, “I am not able to answer this question.”

Not long ago, Justice Mudgal also presented a report on the Delhi Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) administration and he was also given the task of overseeing the India-South Africa Test match at the Kotla in 2015.