19 June, 2021

Gang Of Four Leads The Charge

The BCCI’s Supreme Court-appointed ­administrators have their task cut out

(clockwise from top left) Vinod Rai, Ramchandra Guha, Diana Edulji, Vikram Limaye
Gang Of Four Leads The Charge

In October 2004, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, the ­newly elected president of the Board of Control for Cric­ket in India (BCCI), and his co-office-bearers secured a stay from the Supreme Court against a Madras High Court order that sought to stop them from functioning. The high court had also appointed retired Supreme Court judge Justice S. Mohan as the BCCI’s interim administrator. Dalmiya and his team of lawyers successfully thwarted Justice Mohan. Mahendra’s rule las­ted a year, before Sharad Pawar came roaring back to avenge his defeat, inflicted by Jagmohan Dalmiya’s famous casting vote in Mahendra’s favour.

In 12 years since, a lot has changed in the BCCI, though not always for the better. Dalmiya has passed away; Pawar has been forced out of cricket administ­ration by the Lodha Committee’s SC-approved recommendations; Mahendra’s son Anirudh Chaudhry, who has been treasurer since 2013-14, could be on his way out after the SC in January ordered some other office-bearers to “forthwith cease and desist from” the...

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