Ramachandra Guha's response to an email addressed to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators by the Board's CEO, Rahul Johri, has made many wonder whether the eminent historian and thinker was actually on the same page as his three colleagues in the context of what unfolded in the capital on Tuesday.
Johri sent an email to the Committee of Administrators' chief Vinod Rai and the other members (Diana Edulji, Vikram Limaye and Guha himself) in the lead-up to the two selection committee meetings called by Amitabh Choudhary, thus far the joint-secretary of the Board.
The meetings had been called to select the India squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh and an India A line-up. Johri's email specifically mentioned: "Both the meetings have been called by the honorary joint-secretary, Mr Amitabh Choudhary."
The email further said: "At present, we have put both meetings on hold. However, since these meetings are time sensitive, I would request your direction...
"Should I be required to convene the meetings, we can do the same later in the day and I can join the Delhi meeting by video conference."
Johri and three members of the Committee of Administrators, except Guha, had then been together in Mumbai.
According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, Guha replied: "My own view is that these selection meetings should go ahead as planned. It is not the job of the Committee of Administrators to interfere with team selection."
Clearly, many are wondering if "should go ahead as planned" unambiguously meant that Amitabh ought to have convened the meetings called by him. Till late at night, Amitabh was unreachable for a comment.
Simultaneously, news emerged that neither Amitabh nor Anirudh Chaudhry (thus far the Board treasurer) would be travelling to Dubai for a series of International Cricket Council meetings.
The absence of any official communication, either from the Committee of Administrators or from the Board, has resulted in a situation fuelling far too many whispers.
Courtesy: The Telegraph