The prize distribution ceremony during the final of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) gave rise to a new controversy as the CoA member Diana Edulji expressed her wish to give away the winners’ trophy, which would’ve been against the convention. Eventually, as per existing convention, acting president CK Khanna gave away the winners’ trophy to Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper, Rohit Sharma.
While Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai didn’t attend the IPL final between MI and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), other two members Diana and Lt Gen (retd) Ravi Thodge were present in Hyderabad.
Describing the same, a BCCI official involved during the incident, while talking to PTI said, “Edulji gave away the winners’ trophy at the Women’s T20 Challenge in Jaipur and she wanted to give away the trophy here also. However, it was learned that Khanna showed an e-mail from acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhry to IPL COO Hemang Amin, stating that convention of the president giving away the trophy could be followed.”
When Rai was asked to share his views his view on the issue, he, asked whether there was any need to change the convention.
Describing the same, one of the sources in the BCCI said, “It was Lt Gen Thodge, who categorically told the former India women’s team captain that acting president Khanna should be allowed to hand over the trophy and the matter should be put to an end. She was certainly not happy but had to go with the majority view in this case.”
Rai and Edulji have been at the loggerheads on most of the issues and the CoA has been able to take a few concrete decisions of late after Lt Gen Thodge joined the panel. When Khanna was contacted, he refused to comment on the issue while calls to Edulji went unanswered.