Smarting under the recent snubs especially at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai, the office-bearers of BCCI -- Amitabh Choudhary (joint-secretary) and Anirudh Chaudhary (treasurer) -- could now take a legal route to be a part of the day-to-day working of the board despite a message that chairman of the Committee of Administrators (COA) Vinod Rai is the de facto boss.
The board sources told TOI that the ousted officials are expected to meet soon and take a formal call on how to tackle this issue.
The BCCI officials believe that they are eligible and, therefore, can discharge duties as per the apex court order of January 2. On pretext of past experiences and giving an unconditional undertaking to implement the Lodha reforms, the board officials also want to be a part of the IPL media rights tender process to ensure BCCI stands to gain and not lose money.
"This is the only remedy available, otherwise, the board officials won't be allowed to do much," a source close to the BCCI state affiliated units told TOI on Sunday.
There is also an understanding among the ousted BCCI officials that the COA is only picked to implement the Lodha committee's administrative reforms and that Rai & Co are going beyond their brief. "It's not fair the way these administrators are behaving. The state officials will approach the apex court again to make a request to revisit the appointment norms of the administrators," the source added.
The COA, however, has a different take to it. Whether the Supreme Court allows the BCCI officials to be a part of the working process or not is not exactly what the administrators have in mind. Sources said that they are more bothered about getting on with the administrative reforms and streamline the working of BCCI in a professional way.
"The COA would do anything that the apex court will tell them to do. It was Rai's wish to allow BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to attend the ICC's CEC meeting, but the moment the SC allowed Amitabh Choudhary to attend the meeting, Johri stepped back," a source explained.
It was also revealed that the board officials would continue to appeal against three Lodha reforms -- one-state one-vote, three-year cooling off period and the age cap of 70 years -- and asking for a bigger bench to revisit the reforms. "The state officials are not going to go down without a fight. There are a few fundamental problems with the reforms and, hopefully, the SC would take a note of it," the source added.