24 January, 2021

Skeletons In The Board

BCCI mandarins hired and fired at will, turning employees into a group of malcontents

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(From left) SC-appointed COA members Vikram Limaye and Vinod Rai with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri
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Skeletons In The Board

The doors were shut with an emphatic bang. The first thing the committee of administrators (COA), appointed by the Supreme Court to run the BCCI, did on taking charge was to close the offices of debarred Board president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke and send the staff home. Although there were only a few employees at the two offices in Delhi and Pune, the move by the COA, headed by Vinod Rai, the former comptroller and auditor-general (CAG), illustrates it means business. Moreover, even if just a handful, insiders say that some of these employees were drawing huge salaries, much more than many of those working at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai or at the BCCI Natio­nal Cricket Academy in Bangalore. The COA’s task is cut out. It has to ensure that the Lodha Committee’s recommendations for reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India and its affiliates—to bring transparency, acc­ountability and professionalism—are fully executed and elections held soon.

The once-omnipotent BCCI certainly faces uncertain times, most of it...



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