Vinod Rai: ‘CoA geared towards fulfilling Supreme Court mandate’

The Lodha Committee reforms will be implemented, “whether the BCCI and its members do it or not”, according to the Committee of Administrators.

Vinod Rai...“If the consensus is not built up we will implement the mandate [of the Supreme Court].”   -  PTI

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) believes that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its full members have delayed the implementation of the Supreme Court order of July 18, 2016 for too long and are refusing to accept the cricket reforms.

The CoA members, chairman Vinod Rai, Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji met at the Cricket Centre here on Saturday to take stock of general and routine matters. They have decided to approach the Supreme Court seeking a directive to empower the committee or give a directive to find a way to implement its order.

Summing up the CoA’s meeting that largely discussed matters related to the Lodha Committee reforms and the apex court order, Rai said: “Whether the BCCI and its members implement the order or not, the court directive is to implement the order and that will be done. The Supreme Court is meeting on July 14 and we will file a Status report. It will be put up on the (BCCI) website. We are in the process of preparing it. It will take a while though, [as] information is required.”

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Elaborating the matter little further, Rai said: “There is no question of the CoA being disappointed (with the Special General Meeting not taking a decision to accept the cricket reforms). We have the mandate to fulfil and we are geared towards fulfilling that mandate. Whether the SGM takes a decision this way or that way, it doesn’t matter. We were doing consensus building. If the consensus is not built up we will implement the mandate, as simple as that.”

Impending change

Rai is hopeful that the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held under the new constitution in September. “The timelines still remain. The AGM is in September. The new constitution will either be adopted by the SGM or the court will direct it to happen. Then the AGM will meet. I am hoping that by October our job will be done because the new office bearers would have been elected in September under the new constitution.”

The CoA has seen the report submitted by Kapil Malhotra, manager of the Indian team for the ICC Champions Trophy. It appears that Malhotra has not mentioned any untoward happening in the dressing room between captain Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, who ceased to be the head at the conclusion of the Champions Trophy.

When asked if Ravi Shastri is the candidate likely to get the nod in replacing Kumble, Rai said: “I am not involved in the process, it’s the CAC’s choice.”

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