The Supreme Court-led Committee of Administrators (COA), has stated in its seven-point directive that the cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI), office bearers cannot take any decision without the consent of the four-member interim committee.
Coming hard at BCCI members, the directive of the apex body-led members stated the office bearers cannot take independent decisions as they are required to get the legal documents cleared from the COA itself.
“Each of the existing office bearers shall be bound to act in accordance with the instructions of the Committee of Administrators and/or shall discharge their duties only with the prior written approval of the Committee of Administrators,” the COA has stated in its seven-point directive.
The COA further explained that the power and control will remain with the interim committee before the full-fledged elections will take place soon.
The four-member committee is currently taking the stock of the situation in cricket board after being appointed by the apex body in January which is further headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai, in a bid to implement the Lodha Panel Recommendations.
“In order for any action/decision (including without limitation any action/decision taken by any Committee or the General Body) to be valid and binding on the BCCI, the same must be taken with the prior approval of the Committee of Administrators,” it added.
The directive has also made it clear by stating the office bearers should not hold any briefing on behalf of the board without the proper permission from the COA.
“The existing office bearers shall not make any statements, representations or commitments on behalf of the BCCI to any third party including to Government, Court, Tribunal, regulatory authority, media or any cricket body or organisation without the prior written approval of the Committee of Administrators,” it further added.
The communiqué also stated the payments made in the association would require the approval both from BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Joint Secretary Amitabh Choudhry.
The apex body order on March 24 which has been necessitated by the court order as the fresh announcement of COA has dictated the terms to BCCI members through a stern message. It has been further clarified office bearers could hold the office separately in BCCI and it’s State Cricket Associations for nine years.
“Any actions already taken by any of the existing office bearers after the order dated 24th March 2017 shall immediately be intimated in writing by the concerned office bearer(s) to the Committee of Administrators for their permission and shall be continued/proceeded with only after written permission for the same is granted by the Committee of Administrators,” it concluded.
The interim body further reiterated the decision made by any committee within the BCCI framework will not be considered final as they are supposed to get their approval from the committee before stating they body will be working with CK Khanna and, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary.
However, so far COA has submitted two status reports on the basis of Lodha reforms in the court.