CHENNAI: There were surprises in the panel of administrators named by Supreme Court to run BCCI. Led by former CAG Vinod Rai, the four-member body includes IDFC official Vikram Limaye, historian Ramachandra Guha and former women's cricket captain Diana Eduljee.
The primary task of this committee will be to run day to day activities of the board, which is without a president and secretary since the Supreme Court order of January 2. It will also oversee the process of implementing Lodha committee recommendations in BCCI as well as the state bodies.
The appointment of Rai is along expected lines, considering that the court had hinted at having somebody with experience of handling audit/finance related matters. A person to have dealt with the 2G and coal allocation scams with reputation intact, Rai fits the bill. Chartered accountant and MBA by qualification, Limaye too brings in experience of working in large-scale financial entities. As CEO and managing director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company, he has served in various committees set up by the government.
To those following the case, it's the other two names that have come as surprise. Guha to begin with. A noted historian who has authored perhaps the most authentic book on the history of Indian cricket (A Corner of a Foreihn Field), his administrative skills are unknown. Knowing about cricket and running it are completely different and it remains to be seen how Guha contributes to the functioning of BCCI.
It was also expected that a former cricketer would be on the panel. Eduljee getting the nod ahead of bigger names like Anshuman Gaekwad and Mohinder Amarnath is a surprise in this regard. A left-arm spinner and lower-order batter, she was known for her fighting qualities in the seventies and eighties.
But she has no experience in administration and how she fits into the scheme of things in the mission to resurrect a huge body like BCCI has to be seen. She has been forthright in her opinions, but will make her 'debut' on a completely different pitch.
The three-member special bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra rejected the Centre's plea to include the sports secretary among the four. It also rejected names submitted by the BCCI. In a consolation of sorts, the court allowed joint-secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry to attend this week's ICC meeting in Dubai. But they will be accompanied by Limaye.