BCCI moves Supreme Court, says only one member can attend ICC meeting

BCCI moves Supreme Court, says only one member can attend ICC meeting
BCCI moves Supreme Court, says only one member can attend ICC meeting

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court saying that only one person can represent the board at the upcoming International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai from February 2, as opposed to three.

The apex court had suggested three names - Amitabh Choudhary, Anirudh Chowdhury and Vikram Limaye but BCCI CEO Rahul Johri told the court that only one member can be sent for the meeting. The Supreme Court is likely to take up the matter at 2pm today.

Interestingly, the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee says this is a matter between the ICC and the BCCI and it will not interfere.

The top court on Monday had appointed a four-member committee to oversee the daily operations of the Indian cricket board. The committee includes historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, Managing Director and CEO of IDFC, Diana Edulji, former India women's Test cricketer, and will be headed by Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

The court had also ruled that Johri would report to this body of administrators.

It was also decided that Limaye and BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary will represent BCCI in the ICC meeting. Three of the panel members also had their first meeting yesterday away from the BCCI's headquarters in South Mumbai.

Vinod Rai came out and told the media that it was merely a 'familiarisation meet'. But sources have confirmed to India Today that with BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary also attending the meet, things did not proceed entirely amicably.

The last remaining office bearers in BCCI Jt Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary demanded that CEO be done away with to which the administrators made it clear that the CEO, who was also present in the meet, would continue to be their point person.

The Supreme Court order also makes it clear that the CEO has to file a compliance report in a month's time after working in coordination with the committee.

Sources have also told India Today that a lot of the preliminary discussion also revolved around the upcoming ICC meeting where the ICC revenue sharing proposal is to come up for review. With the ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar proposing a more equitable revenue model, which would lead to more than 6 percent reduction in BCCI's share from the ICC, the meeting holds significant importance.

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