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Selectors without contracts as uncertainty prevails in BCCI
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Selectors without contracts as uncertainty prevails in BCCI
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) finds itself in an uncomfortable situation over the contracts of the national selectors and players. It is learnt that the selectors - MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh - who picked the teams for the T20Is against New Zealand and first two Tests against Sri Lanka, did so without contracts with the board.
The selectors had signed contracts for a year last September and sources said their contracts have not been renewed this year. "It is an unusual situation. 
Technically, there is no document that authorizes these men to select the teams at the moment," a senior board official told TOI on Monday.
TOI has learnt that over the past two years, the board had verbally told the selectors that their contracts could be delayed due to the uncertainty over the annual general meeting ever since the implementation of Lodha reforms became a factor.
"The board managed to give out contracts in time till last year. We are trying to figure it out this year. Generally, these calls are taken at the AGM. Since the AGM is yet to be called, it has to be seen how this problem can be solved," the source said. BCCI's AGM usually takes place in late September.
Contract renewal is usually done by the office-bearers but with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators and CEO becoming a strong force in decision-making process, the battle of egos has created a problem. "The current BCCI office-bearers have created a hindrance in implementing the reforms. Had it been done earlier, the AGM could have taken place in time," reasoned the official.
It is understood that CEO Rahul Johri is keen to go through all the operations of the board himself to maintain transparency.
The main three office-bearers - acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary - have been given a three-week deadline by the apex court to give suggestions to the CoA for bringing in a new constitution and have also been asked to personally appear before the court on October 30, the date of next hearing.

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) finds itself in an uncomfortable situation over the contracts of the national selectors and players. It is learnt that the selectors - MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh - who picked the teams for the T20Is against New Zealand and first two Tests against Sri Lanka, did so without contracts with the board.

The selectors had signed contracts for a year last September and sources said their contracts have not been renewed this year. "It is an unusual situation. 
Technically, there is no document that authorizes these men to select the teams at the moment," a senior board official told TOI on Monday.

TOI has learnt that over the past two years, the board had verbally told the selectors that their contracts could be delayed due to the uncertainty over the annual general meeting ever since the implementation of Lodha reforms became a factor.

"The board managed to give out contracts in time till last year. We are trying to figure it out this year. Generally, these calls are taken at the AGM. Since the AGM is yet to be called, it has to be seen how this problem can be solved," the source said. BCCI's AGM usually takes place in late September.

Contract renewal is usually done by the office-bearers but with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators and CEO becoming a strong force in decision-making process, the battle of egos has created a problem. "The current BCCI office-bearers have created a hindrance in implementing the reforms. Had it been done earlier, the AGM could have taken place in time," reasoned the official.

It is understood that CEO Rahul Johri is keen to go through all the operations of the board himself to maintain transparency.

The main three office-bearers - acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary - have been given a three-week deadline by the apex court to give suggestions to the CoA for bringing in a new constitution and have also been asked to personally appear before the court on October 30, the date of next hearing.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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