Vinod Rai: 'Hopefully, BCCI will have a new body by October'

Vinod Rai, who heads the Supreme Court appointed-Committee of Administrators, said his team wants to provide "a structure to the BCCI" by October.

"I don’t see a place for the CoA in the BCCI in the long term."   -  Kamal Narang

Vinod Rai is confident that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) can transform the “personality oriented” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) into a “structured” institution by October.

“It is still a long haul, but that ends in October,” Rai told ESPNcricinfo, after the committee completed 100 days in the job.

“I am very realistic, because I don’t see a place for the CoA in the BCCI in the long term. We want to provide a structure to the BCCI. It does not have one right now. It is run by individual styles. It is personality-oriented. We will put a structure in place and ensure that there are systems that will make this structure work.”

Rai said that co-operation and discussion is the way forward as that can only convince the Supreme Court about one or two reforms which does look practically unimplementable.

“Each one of them has a viewpoint and all of them have filed cases against the recommendations,” Rai said.

“I told them one fine day the court might wake up and throw every objection out and just say, You don’t want to convene the AGM? Okay, (new) constitution is adopted. Full stop. Then they are stuck,” Rai said with a note of caution.

Rai said if they show flexibility regarding at least 90 per cent of the recommendations, they will still have a chance to persuade on one or two.

“I told them when they still had the time why don’t they think and then the CoA will tell the court that out of the... say 20 recommendations, 18 are adopted. The court might just accede or may not, but at least you will give the court the impression that by and large you have accepted the recommendations,” he said.

Most of the associations have problems regarding the following orders: one state-one vote, age-cap of 70 years, three-year term followed by ‘cooling off’ and reducing the national selection panel from five to three.

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