Vinod Rai: BCCI elections will be conducted in next 90 days

“We would exit the day the new set of office-bearers take over. We were given a mandate and don't wish to overstay,” Rai said.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai said here on Monday that the BCCI had 90 days to comply with the Supreme Court directions.   -  AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will hold elections within the next three months. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai said here on Monday that the BCCI had 90 days to comply with the Supreme Court directions. He added he would hand over the administration once the new body was in place.

“We would exit the day the new set of office-bearers take over. We were given a mandate and don't wish to overstay,” Rai added.

Speaking on the uniformity of adopting the new constitution, Rai said, “The constitution is binding on the state associations. The state association constitution should mirror the BCCI one.”

“We (CoA) are happy with the final order of the Supreme Court. There is a timeline to implement the order and that has been reached after hearing all the stakeholders involved. We have not interfered at any time. The order is very clear and we are implementing the judgment to ensure the supervision of administration is in keeping with the SC directions,” Rai insisted.

Responding to the confusion in some cricket associations on the tenure of officials – nine years in state and nine years in BCCI or a combined term of nine years in both – Rai left the matter to the SC. “Some state units have approached the SC on this issue. It is best for the SC to clarify.”

Rai and his CoA colleague Diana Edulji supported the greater role for players in administration. “Two players will have a place in the Apex Council. We need former players to come into administration because their experience can count a lot. The BCCI is so rich because of the performance of the 11 players on the field. So they should have a voice,” said Rai.

Rai also informed that guidelines will be posted on the BCCI website regarding the recruitment of players in the new Ranji Trophy teams. “We will have uniform guidelines. Also, we have Ombudsmen and Ethics Officers in each association to tackle such issues. We are going to have Anti Corruption Units in each zone to address complaints of corruptions.”