Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked the India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri to decide on travel schedule of the WAGs. However, this move not only stunned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials but also former Chief Justice R.M. Lodha. However, he expects Ethics Officer D.K. Jain should take a stand and stop any move that is against the rule.
“What can I say? The Ethics Officer is there now to decide. What do I say? Everyone is interpreting it (the Lodha panel’s proposals) in their own way. Our recommendations are in place and based on that I was told the constitution was framed. As and when issue arises, the Ethics Officer should take a call,” he said while Speaking to IANS
“Absolutely nothing has happened in two years. We wanted to see the report being implemented as approved by the Supreme Court, but more than two years have passed and we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “It is a matter of interpretation and competence.”
“The essence of conflict of interest is that when you are taking a decision of which you are yourself a beneficiary, that is conflict. I think the CoA is like an unfettered entity which has moved away from any limitations it may have originally perceived on account of the Supreme Court order on the Lodha Committee report,” said a senior BCCI official while speaking to IANS whether this was right. He said it was a clear case of conflict of interest.
“Many decisions taken by them are in complete violation of not just the new BCCI constitution, but also in violation of the Lodha Committee report. The Lodha Committee report’s foundation lay on tackling conflict of interest issues. And the CoA in their task of administration seem to have come up with the same issues of conflict of interest and it seems they wish to do away with the whole concept,” he added.
“Two standout incidents in this regard would be the decision to approach the Supreme Court with regards to amendment or relaxation of conflict of interest rules with regard to players. The BCCI has been crying itself hoarse about those rules. But at that point in time, the CoA branded the BCCI officials as obstructionists. And now when the ground reality has hit them and they are being criticized, they wish to go to the court,” he told.
“The second incident displays the CoA’s desire to be seen as proximate to the players and that is evident in their faulty decision to leave this WAGs issue for the captain and coach. This again opens a Pandora’s Box. They have left the decision which may impact the performance of the team to the very people who are beneficiaries of it. Has this been done keeping in mind the busy schedule of some of the wives?” he questioned.
Another official told, “Some of the recent decisions of the CoA clearly shows that they feel they are above the apex court because certain decisions they have taken can only be taken by the honourable court.”
It will be interesting to see how things will take place in future.