All the employees of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been summoned to be present at sharp 10 am on February 25 at their headquarters in Mumbai to have an audience with Vinod Rai-led committee of administrators. This has come a day after Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions were conducted successfully under BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in Bengaluru.
Though COA were anyway going to meet in Mumbai on February 25, it was apparently Johri’s suggestion that COA spend time with employees in order to have a better communication. Only those who are on duty in Pune during India-Australia Test have been excused from meeting.
DNA has learnt that Johri’s move was also directed towards clarifying few in-house issues brought to the notice of COA. One of them is the continuation of BCCI general manager (cricket) Dr MV Sridhar despite being co-accused by the anti corruption bureau in the Hyderabad Cricket Association’s Rs 4 crore scam.
The Telangana unit of ACB has charged former HCA president and former Indian off-spinner Arshad Ayub, G Vinod and seven others of misusing public money and suggested the officials be tried under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and under other provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Sridhar has been with the BCCI since 2013 and was director of T20 World Cup in 2016.
Another BCCI employee who is facing heat is KVP Rao, manager, game development, and also looking after National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. A former women’s team coach, Rao joined BCCI office in Mumbai but was later sent to secretary’s office in Delhi after Anurag Thakur got elected.
Now that all Thakur’s office employees have been asked to go by COA, Rao has joined Mumbai office. Few senior players, who were staying in NCA, have brought it to the notice of top BCCI brass “how NCA has now been reduced to shambles under Rao”. Rai has also taken a strict note of disqualified Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association’s (UPCA) secretary Rajiv Shukla’s presence at the IPL auctions on Monday.
Courtesy: Daily News and Analysis (DNA)