CoA will designate observers in 10 states, BCCI associations look red
NEW DELHI: The designated Supreme Court Administrators Committee ( CoA ) decided to appoint observers for 10 state agencies to oversee the operation of the associations, as well as to guide them in cricket matters.
The movement has not worked well with associations and some of them have even questioned the intention of the board.
The associations to have these observers are: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Bihar, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Pondicherry.
In an email sent to the associations, accessed by IANS, observers will receive six terms of reference and will act in accordance with:
* Observe and guide the SCA 's in cricket management activities.
* Observe and guide the cricket operations team in formulating local cricket activities.
* Act as an observer in all meetings of the selection committee.
* To assist the SCA in preparing youth development program for boys and girls.
* To act as a facilitator between the SCA and BCCI cricket operations team.
* To act as a facilitator between the SCA and BCCI finance observer," the mail read.
While the name of the observers appointed in this regard will be circulated shortly, a senior BCCI official questioned if the Committee was looking to act beyond the scope of the newly registered constitution.
The collegium is not required. The CoA has given themselves the powers of the Supreme Court . Just because the court is busy with the Ram Janmabhoomi issue, the CoA has found it an opportune time to repeatedly run roughshod over the orders of the apex court.
This is just another in a long list of decisions made in recent weeks.
Under what provision of the BCCI constitution - that has been finalized by the SC - are they doing this? What gives them the authority to do this? They are playing with the orders of the court and they will be held accountable for this mess, the official said.
A state association official echoed the sentiments and questioned if the CoA is looking to externally look at ways to influence the elections.
"This has only made it clear that the CoA is only interested in influencing the BCCI elections. This is their version of rigging elections. First they decided to illegally plan a way to bar associations from participating in the BCCI election process. They have done this against the orders of the court. Then they decided to illegally plan a way to add more votes to the BCCI voter list despite knowing fully well that they are acting against the orders of the court. Then they decided to issue clarifications to the orders of the court which only the Supreme Court may do.
"Now, this takes the cake, they are now effectively trying to influence 8-10 votes by acting illegally to appoint observers over these associations. Which rule are they following? This is a gross abuse of their powers. It seems they want particular people to be made the new office bearers of the BCCI and if so, why make a mockery of the Supreme Court and the election process? They should just appoint whoever they want to the posts in the BCCI , no?" the state association official enquired.
With the state bodies from Northeast set to get observers, a member from the region said: The Northeastern state associations have made a genuine effort and they should be applauded for that, the CoA should not try to insult us by taking such a step. Did anyone ask for this? By taking this step the CoA is attempting to malign the work and the reputations of the officials of the Northeastern States and this is unfortunate.
We have supported the CoA and the reforms process but no one should think for a moment that we can be pressurized by them in this manner.
Another official of the state association said that this movement demonstrates once again that the committee has made a complete disaster with the responsibilities assigned to them.
This decision is nothing but an admission of failure by the CoA. They have added new associations to the membership of the BCCI by even violating the court settled BCCI constitution. They wanted to do that to attack certain member associations who had challenged the CoA ' s misrule.
Now, the CoA themselves, by taking this step have all but admitted that the associations that they have chosen are not competent enough. This will only accentuate their blunders, the official pointed.
Echoing the sentiments, a BCCI official said: "This is one in a long line of their decisions that will have to withstand the scrutiny of the court because of the various acts in violation of the Supreme Court orders."