Newly-appointed chairman of the Supreme court-appointed committee of administrators that will supervise the BCCI till fresh elections are held, Vinod Rai has insisted his role will be similar to that of a ‘nightwatchman’ as his role will be to put a good administration in place for the elected body that will take charge after the elections.
“Any such honour from the Supreme Court, one will have to accept and try to put in his best of abilities. I am a true lover of the game of cricket,” Rai said. “My role is that of a night-watchman in a sense that we need to put in place good governance, good system and structure in place to ensure a smooth transition to an elected body which in future will bring about good administration in BCCI. The game deserves it (good governance), the players deserve it and public at large, who are so fond of the game.”
The Supreme Court on Monday named a four-member committee of administrators which will be headed by Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The other three members of the committee are ace cricket historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, managing director of Infrastructure Development Fiance Company (IDFC) and former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji. The aim of the committee, apart from running the affairs of the cricket board is to implement the Lodha Panel recommendations.
“It’s too early to comment on anything at the moment because I am not familiar and have no exposure to the functions of BCCI. But any institution must conform to good governance. The game of cricket requires good governance so that we are able to deliver to the country at the public at large,” Rai added.
Limaye, while revealing that his consent was taken before his appointment, said he felt honoured to be a part of the administrative committee.
“Yes, my consent was taken and I consider it as a huge honour especially as I was considered worthy of this role by the Supreme Court of India. I take up the responsibility with utmost seriousness and will be working to ensure better governance in the BCCI,” Limaye said.
Limaye, who will accompany acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry as the BCCI’s representatives for the ICC meetings starting on February 2 in Dubai, said he is still finding his feet in cricket administration and will sit with his colleagues to understand the functioning of the cricket board.
“I will not like to comment on anything that I am unaware of. This is my first foray into cricket administration. Obviously, I will speak to my colleagues in BCCI, understand the philosophy of the Board and also analyse and view the circumstances of the past. It will be very premature to make any comments without getting into the details of the matter.
“I have just exchanged a text message with Mr (Ramachandra) Guha. (I) will have a detailed discussion with him in the evening. One part of our job will be to implement the reforms of the Justice Lodha panel. But that is only a part of the job. There are a lot of things that we need to sit down and figure out as to how we will be going about our job,” he concluded.
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