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CoA forwards Justice Kalifulla's name in Ombudsman list
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CoA forwards Justice Kalifulla's name in Ombudsman list
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The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has forwarded six names to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the appointment of the next Ombudsman during its Special General Meeting (SGM) on July 26.
And, there's one name which is giving nightmares to every single member of the BCCI.
One of the six names forwarded to the BCCI is Justice FMI Kalifulla, who was part of the two-member special bench along with chief justice TS Thakur under whose tenure the Apex court delivered the historic judgement of implementing Justice Lodha panel recommendations on July 18, 2016.
Not surprisingly, a majority of BCCI members that DNA spoke to are already discussing measures to ensure that Kalifulla doesn't make it to the final list of three which the CoA has asked them to prune to during the next SGM.
The other five names who have been shortlisted are: Justice GS Singhvi, Justice VS Sirpurkar, Justice CK Thakker, Justice DK Jain and Justice Aflab Alam.
The CoA has specifically mentioned in its letter that "availability of the above persons have not been checked". Thus, the BCCI secretary will have to check with three shortlisted names handed over to him after the July 26 SGM before finalising the next Ombudsman.
However, most of the BCCI members don't seem to be in favour of having Kalifulla as they believe that he will only make things harder for the BCCI if he's in the set-up.
"He will surely ask plenty of questions if appointed, as he would be eager to implement his own orders," said a senior BCCI member.
Meanwhile, the Operating Process Manual for the BCCI, prepared by Deloitte as part of the Project Transformation phase I and II, has been enclosed by the COA to the members and a presentation on it is expected during the SGM on July 26.
The BCCI Handbook and Manual together seek to put in place a professional management structure and various organisational reforms that are in line with the recommendations of the July 18, 2016 SC order.
It is learnt that the revised pay structure for the players and support staff presented before the CoA by former coach Anil Kumble is also set to be discussed by the BCCI during next SGM.
Meanwhile, all BCCI office-bearers have been asked to be present in the CoA meeting on Saturday. However, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary will give it a miss due to prior commitments and has already conveyed the same to CoA.
CoA is also likely to discuss the possibility of India's participation in the Olympics. The International Cricket Council has sought the opinion of its full members on cricket making it to the Olympics and it is learnt that the CoA will ask the BCCI to ponder upon it.
It's another matter that most of the BCCI members don't seem to like the idea. The reason seems to be to avoid being part of International Olympic Committee's rules and regulations and come under the jurisdiction of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which top India players have always been against.
The agenda of the meeting also includes discussion on the Team India support staff and on the possible inclusion of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants, respectively.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has forwarded six names to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the appointment of the next Ombudsman during its Special General Meeting (SGM) on July 26.

And, there's one name which is giving nightmares to every single member of the BCCI.

One of the six names forwarded to the BCCI is Justice FMI Kalifulla, who was part of the two-member special bench along with chief justice TS Thakur under whose tenure the Apex court delivered the historic judgement of implementing Justice Lodha panel recommendations on July 18, 2016.

Not surprisingly, a majority of BCCI members that DNA spoke to are already discussing measures to ensure that Kalifulla doesn't make it to the final list of three which the CoA has asked them to prune to during the next SGM.

The other five names who have been shortlisted are: Justice GS Singhvi, Justice VS Sirpurkar, Justice CK Thakker, Justice DK Jain and Justice Aflab Alam.

The CoA has specifically mentioned in its letter that "availability of the above persons have not been checked". Thus, the BCCI secretary will have to check with three shortlisted names handed over to him after the July 26 SGM before finalising the next Ombudsman.

However, most of the BCCI members don't seem to be in favour of having Kalifulla as they believe that he will only make things harder for the BCCI if he's in the set-up.

"He will surely ask plenty of questions if appointed, as he would be eager to implement his own orders," said a senior BCCI member.

Meanwhile, the Operating Process Manual for the BCCI, prepared by Deloitte as part of the Project Transformation phase I and II, has been enclosed by the COA to the members and a presentation on it is expected during the SGM on July 26.

The BCCI Handbook and Manual together seek to put in place a professional management structure and various organisational reforms that are in line with the recommendations of the July 18, 2016 SC order.

It is learnt that the revised pay structure for the players and support staff presented before the CoA by former coach Anil Kumble is also set to be discussed by the BCCI during next SGM.

Meanwhile, all BCCI office-bearers have been asked to be present in the CoA meeting on Saturday. However, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary will give it a miss due to prior commitments and has already conveyed the same to CoA.

CoA is also likely to discuss the possibility of India's participation in the Olympics. The International Cricket Council has sought the opinion of its full members on cricket making it to the Olympics and it is learnt that the CoA will ask the BCCI to ponder upon it.

It's another matter that most of the BCCI members don't seem to like the idea. The reason seems to be to avoid being part of International Olympic Committee's rules and regulations and come under the jurisdiction of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which top India players have always been against.

The agenda of the meeting also includes discussion on the Team India support staff and on the possible inclusion of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants, respectively.

(Courtesy: Daily News and Analysis)

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