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CoA asks BCCI officials to attend all meetings
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CoA asks BCCI officials to attend all meetings
The Vinod Rai led panel hopes to end all confusion around Indian cricket 
With date for next hearing at Supreme Court fast approaching (July 24), the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to make all the office-bearers of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) attend its meetings to avoid confusion regarding implementation of decisions taken.
DNA has learnt that this decision has been communicated to all the three BCCI office-bearers --- acting president C.K. Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry --- who are now been asked to remain present during the next COA meeting on July 22 in Delhi.
CoA in the past given ample room to BCCI officials to convince state associations to implement the SC's July 18 orders. However, the decision taken by CoA were not implemented by BCCI because "there have been difficulties in implementing the same in states and a dialogue is needed".
CEO Rahul Johri became the punching bag between the two parties as he was assigned the job of convey the decisions to BCCI and its state units. Adding to that was former CoA member Ramachandra Guha's resignation letter in which he lashed out at the way CoA was functioning.
"To avoid any such experience, CoA chief Vinod Rai has decided to make BCCI a part of all the meetings here on," said an insider, adding: "This has been done to have a better communication with the BCCI authorities.
"If any decision is reached inside the meeting room then that would now be only with the consensus amongst all the parties involved. If BCCI has any objections or reservations regarding any of the issues then that can be deliberated upon in detail there only before reaching any conclusion."
There has also been an unanimous view that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has failed in its duty this time around in its duty to pick chief coach for Indian team.
According to highly placed sources, the conduct of a particular CAC member to create confusion "for his selfish motive" has not gone down well with the CoA.
"Every wrong was justified in the name of 'benefiting Indian cricket' which has irked the CoA or for that matter many within the BCCI," said the source.
"For the first time, all support staff are being given contracts for two years, till the next World Cup. Also, a conflict of interest clause has been added as per the directions of SC in all contracts to avoid this kind of confusion in the future," added the source.
Team India is likely to get a professional cricket manager for the first time soon. The last date for application for the same is Friday.
DNA has learnt that the new manager may join the team during the ongoing Sri Lanka series if everything goes as per plan.
Incidentally, BCCI was trying to keep this job under its own jurisdiction like has been the practice till now by saying that "managers are being appointed on rotation to reward the able state officials".
It was only after CoA asked BCCI to provide list of individuals being appointed as managers in the last three years that it was found out that "one individual was there for one-and-a-half year while the second one carried on for nearly eight series".
"If this is the rotation policy then it is high time Indian cricket should hire a professional to handle these responsibilities," CoA told BCCI during last meeting.
All the eligible names will now be tabled before CoA during Saturday meeting.

With date for next hearing at Supreme Court fast approaching (July 24), the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to make all the office-bearers of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) attend its meetings to avoid confusion regarding implementation of decisions taken.

DNA has learnt that this decision has been communicated to all the three BCCI office-bearers --- acting president C.K. Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry --- who are now been asked to remain present during the next COA meeting on July 22 in Delhi.

CoA in the past given ample room to BCCI officials to convince state associations to implement the SC's July 18 orders. However, the decision taken by CoA were not implemented by BCCI because "there have been difficulties in implementing the same in states and a dialogue is needed". CEO Rahul Johri became the punching bag between the two parties as he was assigned the job of convey the decisions to BCCI and its state units. Adding to that was former CoA member Ramachandra Guha's resignation letter in which he lashed out at the way CoA was functioning.

"To avoid any such experience, CoA chief Vinod Rai has decided to make BCCI a part of all the meetings here on," said an insider, adding: "This has been done to have a better communication with the BCCI authorities.

"If any decision is reached inside the meeting room then that would now be only with the consensus amongst all the parties involved. If BCCI has any objections or reservations regarding any of the issues then that can be deliberated upon in detail there only before reaching any conclusion."

There has also been an unanimous view that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has failed in its duty this time around in its duty to pick chief coach for Indian team.

According to highly placed sources, the conduct of a particular CAC member to create confusion "for his selfish motive" has not gone down well with the CoA.

"Every wrong was justified in the name of 'benefiting Indian cricket' which has irked the CoA or for that matter many within the BCCI," said the source.

"For the first time, all support staff are being given contracts for two years, till the next World Cup. Also, a conflict of interest clause has been added as per the directions of SC in all contracts to avoid this kind of confusion in the future," added the source.

Team India is likely to get a professional cricket manager for the first time soon. The last date for application for the same is Friday.

DNA has learnt that the new manager may join the team during the ongoing Sri Lanka series if everything goes as per plan.

Incidentally, BCCI was trying to keep this job under its own jurisdiction like has been the practice till now by saying that "managers are being appointed on rotation to reward the able state officials".

It was only after CoA asked BCCI to provide list of individuals being appointed as managers in the last three years that it was found out that "one individual was there for one-and-a-half year while the second one carried on for nearly eight series".

"If this is the rotation policy then it is high time Indian cricket should hire a professional to handle these responsibilities," CoA told BCCI during last meeting.

All the eligible names will now be tabled before CoA during Saturday meeting.

(Courtesy: Daily News and Analysis)

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