BCCI remains firm with S. Sreesanth lifetime ban

Citing that the Kerela High Court’s decision was contrary to the present rules of the organisation, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has filed an appeal against the lifting the lifetime the ban on former-bowler S Sreesanth. According to ANI, this came after Kerala High Court’s judgment on August 7 as the board was unhappy with the HC’s motion and seeks to reprimand the judgment.

In an affidavit in the beginning of 2017, the BCCI had stated that the standard proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. This implies that the accused may be free of the criminal charges (following the evidence)  however, but can be apprehended if the internal disciplinary rules of an organisation are violated.

The court’s response to the affidavit was stated in the current motion which lifts the ban. It said that BCCI failed to acknowledge the evidence as a whole. It pointed that only empty allegations that were made by the plaintiff could only submit confessions of the accused, which the defended said were forced out of him.

Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) along with two other teammates of the same club. Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan still face a permanent career ban whereas Sreesanth was acquitted in 2015.

Sources: Indian Express & Times of India

 

SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tender process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

Links: NDTV, Economic Times

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SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tendor process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

News Sources- The Economic Times, NDTV Sports

BCCI awards Rs.50 Lakhs to Women cricketers

The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) declared a money prize of Rs 50 lakh for every women cricketer for their performance in the ICC World Cup in England. The support staff of the group will get Rs 25 lakh each. India defeated six-time champions Australia to get into the World Cup and will play England in the last at Lord’s tomorrow.
Vinod Rai, director of Committee Of Administrators (CoA)  said,”I would like to congratulate the Indian Women’s Cricket Team for their exemplary show in the ICC Women’s World Cup”. BCCI acting president CK Khanna also acknowledged the performance of the women in Blue. He appreciated the captaincy of  Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary wished them for the finals.
All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur smashed 20 fours and seven sixes in her unbeaten knock of 171 runs as India posted a daunting score of 281/4 in 42 overs.
India will now aim to clinch their maiden Women’s World Cup title when they take on hosts England at The Lord’s on Sunday.
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Apex court agrees to drop charges of contempt of court against Anurag Thakur

The Supreme Court asked Anurag Thakur, former president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to issue an ‘unequivocal’ and ‘categorical’ apology in a contempt of court case issued against him.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, was clear on its stance that it was not going to accept the earlier affidavit of apology and instead pressed him to file a new one-page short affidavit furnishing unconditional apology by July 12.

“We are not happy with the affidavit of apology; it has to be categorical,” Justice Deepak Misra told Hindustan Times. The bench agreed to accept his apology and the end the proceedings of the case.

Appearing for Thakur, senior advocate P.S Patwalia told the bench though his client was ready to tender an apology, he certainly has a case on merit through which his innocence can be proved.

Thakur has been asked to appear before the court in person and the SC has set the date for July 14. The SC started the contempt case against him on January 2 this year after Thakur got into trouble for filing a false affidavit in the court stating he had not sought any letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the issue of autonomy.

Anurag Thakur was removed as the President of BCCI along with secretary Ajay Shirke for not following the SC’s mandate to implement the Lodha committee reforms.

Sources: The Hindu

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Lodha’s dismay at delay

Justice RM Lodha, the chairperson of the Lodha Committee that brought about recommendations of change in the functioning of the BCCI, is now grieving over the defiance of BCCI and the  Committee of Administrators (CoA) over the apex court’s order.

“Things have not moved, reforms have not been taken forward, so definitely it is not a good thing to happen. I have yet to see a body defy the Supreme Court’s order continuously. It is almost one year – 11 months are already over and the 12th month [is] going on and there is no sign of implementation of the highest court’s order. This is something that doesn’t happen at all,” Lodha told ESPNcricinfo.

The sluggish pace of compliance has tested the resolve of the Lodha committee. Their argument lies on the fact that it has been a year and the order of the apex court should have been implemented by now.

Inspite of not taking Supreme Court’s immediacy into consideration, BCCI  further went on to form a committee of their own to examine the areas of difficulty in the implementation process.

Lodha further stated that while the CoA does its job, it is prone to getting distracted by issues revolving around contractual and administrative matters. Concern was also expressed over the resignation of CoA member Ramachandra Guha, who was thought to have left due to the rugged pace of the committee, added on to the doubts of the non-implementation of the order.

Sources: Deccan Chronicle

 

Rahul Dravid to continue as coach for India A, U-19 teams 

Rahul Dravid will continue to coach the India A and U-19 teams for the next two years, according to a statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday, June 30. Under the recommendations of the Lodha committee, Dravid’s contract will run for 12 months, as opposed to the previous ten month contract he previously held, reported ESPN Cricinfo.

Due to conflict of interests, Dravid will not continue in his role as the mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils, which was confirmed by the franchise in a statement.

The former India captain took charge of the two teams in 2015 and under his leadership, both teams have achieved outstanding results. The India A side won the triangular series against Australia and South Africa under his charge, and the U-19 team reached the World Cup final in Bangladesh in 2016, according to Times of India.

BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “Over the last two years, Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in getting young talent into the mix who have proved their worth on the big stage. We are glad to continue his services for the next two years and are sure that this is a bright sign for Indian cricket which will see many more young talents coming up in the future.”

Sources: ESPN and Times Of India