On Saturday, BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) had finalized the new constitution of the Board. The enactment, uploaded on the BCCI website is based on the recommendations of the Lodha Committee, which were approved by the Supreme Court.
The new laws will be aiming to improve transparency, accountability and overall governance of cricket in India.
Two illustrations provide a clear indication to former India cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly over their involvement in various capacities.
Illustration one under ‘roles compromised’ could be directed at Dravid. The clause says: “A is the coach of a team. He is also a coach of an IPL franchise. A is hit by conflict of interest.”
Illustration one under ‘direct and indirect interest’ probably took aim at Ganguly, The clause stated, “C is a Member of the IPL Governing Council. The IPL enters into a contract with a new franchise, the Managing Director of which is C’s partner in an independent commercial venture. C is hit by Indirect Conflict of Interest.”
Earlier, former BCCI president Shashank Manohar had also raised the issue of Ganguly’s conflict of interest last year.
The COA has also created a law according to which the club owners will not be able to become the office-bearers of the state unit as it opposes the new conflict of interest rules. The Mumbai Cricket Association would be worst hit by this.
According to the new laws, the Indian public has got the right to lodge complaints to the BCCI for the problems like ticketing, access, and facilities in the stadium. It can be brought to the notice of the Ombudsman.
Apart from the cricket committee, there would be a differently-abled cricket committee and a cricket talent committee to scout talent.