BCCI AGM: An office-bearer can’t be seen sporting a number of hats, say members | Cricket Information

MUMBAI: The members of the BCCI started reaching Ahmedabad from Tuesday morning, ahead of the 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held at the newly furbished Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Motera on Thursday.
Taking forward their demand that president Sourav Ganguly should recuse himself from the several conflicts that he finds himself immersed in, as reported on Monday, the members also want to discuss comments that were made by former India chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar in an interview with TOI last month.
“It’s quite astonishing to see Ganguly wearing so many hats as he speaks on behalf of the supposedly appointed chairman of selectors,” Vengsarkar had said, underlining Ganguly’s remarks that came in the backdrop of cricketer Rohit Sharma’s fitness assessment before the IPL final in UAE.
“When the IPL venues and dates were being discussed and organised, Ganguly was speaking on behalf of the IPL chairman. Time and again he’s speaking on behalf of those who are capable of taking their own decisions. Is he undermining their credentials?” Vengsarkar said.
These comments have further spurned certain administrators and members in the board who say that the former India captain has found it “convenient to speak out of turn”.
“He has chosen to speak about the IPL ahead of the Governing Council. He announced that the Asia Cup wouldn’t be taking place on an Instagram chat, ahead of an official statement coming in. He kept on saying that domestic cricket will be held without first consulting with members who kept wondering how exactly was it going to happen in the first place,” senior members said, underlining that these issues will be taken up at the AGM.
The BCCI has many things to worry about. Some, as members point out, are listed here:
* Regardless of whether domestic cricket takes place or not, cricketers will have to be played. How does the Board determine which players to play? (because teams haven’t been selected across any format or tournament).
* The National Cricket Academy (NCA) is in a mess. The land allotted to NCA still lies vacant. There are complaints of conflict. A call has to be taken on how fresh staff – coaches and trainers – need to be hired (on contract or just freelancers).
* If Covid refuses to relent another six to eight months, the Board needs to take further steps towards more online engagement with cricketers.
* A call has to be taken on floating tenders for two new franchises in the IPL (even if it is for 2022).
* Cricket committees, including the appointment of three new selectors, has to be looked into.
* There are policy matters that the BCCI has to look into, including the stand that needs to be taken on inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
* And finally, there’s the ICC – from where revenues are still pending and there’s pressure from the governing body with regards to tax exemptions for the World Cup.
“There are several issues where important calls need to be taken. The BCCI’s primary objective has to be about working towards an image-change because it’s been dented on multiple fronts in the recent years. A lot of good work has been done – but the thing about Indian cricket is none of that stuff gets noticed. Like bees to honey, we tend to attract criticism before anything else,” senior members say.
Here’s where complaints of conflict against Ganguly – some subtle, some blatant – are not helping the Board, they add.
“At a time when BCCI needs to work towards improving its image, do better work, rebegin stuff that had halted these last four years, what we’re witnessing instead is just the opposite. Once again, we’re allowing the courts and the media to point fingers at us for indulging in blatant conflict. That shouldn’t happen,” state associations say.

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