CHENNAI: There was drama over the selection committee meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. BCCI joint-secretary Amitabh Choudhary turned up to convene the meeting, only to be barred following instructions from Vinod Rai, head of the four-member panel of administrators.
This caused a delay and instead of 12 noon as scheduled, the meeting started at 6 pm. The BCCI CEO Rahul Johri acted as convenor. After Monday’s Supreme Court order, the panel headed by Rai is in charge of all BCCI activities. With the joint-secretary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry not disqualfied, it seems there was confusion over who would convene the selection meeting. According to BCCI protocol, the joint-secretary attends these metings if the secretary is absent.
However, the panel members headed by Rai decided there was no need for Chaudhry, since they are already in charge, and instructed Johri to go ahead with the meeting accordingly. BCCI General Manager (game development) MV Sridhar also attended the meeting.
The Supreme Court had said that the panel of administrators will run day to day activities of BCCI, with CEO Johri. Choudhary and Chaudhry are also on board, but they will function as per instructions from the panel. However, the court has also allowed the joint-secretary and treasurer to attend this week’s ICC meeting in Dubai, with panel member Vikram Limaye.
Other than these three, Johri and Sridhar will also attend the ICC meeting.