Believe it or not, “many” members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s working committee actually claimed “credit” for being the first to spot the flaw in the notice issued by secretary Sanjay Patel!
But they woke up only after landing in New Delhi on Thursday evening/night, not when they received the notice.
The working committee was to have met on Friday, but a formal meeting couldn’t take place as “emergent” was missing in the notice.If a working committee meeting doesn’t have that status, then it will be deemed a regular one, for which 14 days notice is required. The decision to have another meeting, within six days, was taken at last Sunday’s working committee meeting here.
That meeting was chaired by Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is back as the BCCI’s interim president.
Had the BCCI gone ahead with the working committee meeting in the capital, then it would have exposed itself to litigation.There’s already enough on its plate.
“It’s embarrassing that the error wasn’t noticed in time for the meeting to be deferred till an amended notice was issued... But that didn’t stop many from claiming to be the first to pick the flaw...
“With so many wanting to take credit, after arriving in New Delhi, it’s difficult to say who was actually the first to spot the error,” a somewhat chastened senior member of the BCCI told The Telegraph on Saturday.
Patel has publicly acknowledged his mistake, so he has at least been man enough to take it on the chin. But as culpable are the 23 working committee members (excluding the secretary, that is) who received the notice.
Not that it can be an excuse, but Patel has been in office for less than two months, plucked out of nowhere after Sanjay Jagdale’s shock-creating resignation.The BCCI won’t reveal just how many lakhs went down the Yamuna, but the coaches and administrative staff at the NCA, who recently got the dreaded pink slip, can’t be too amused.
They got shown the door as part of a cost-cutting exercise. How ironical.
(Courtesy The Telegraph, India)