CHENNAI: By bypassing the committee of administrators (CoA) while shortlisting points to be sent to the Supreme Court with a request to review, the BCCI might have narrowed chances of getting a favourable verdict.
Around the time the BCCI approaches the court on July 14, the CoA will submit to the court its report, stating that the board has been non-compliant with its instructions on reform.
To begin with, the board’s assumption that the court can directly be approached with the request that four points be reviewed and everything else will be implemented is too optimistic. The court had already rejected such appeals. The story would have been different had the CoA told the court that the BCCI is ready to change, and keeping that in mind just a few points may be reconsidered.
However, it has been learnt that even after two meetings of its special committee formed to deal with this, the BCCI has not conveyed to the CoA anything about adopting the guidelines it had issued. This is likely to be mentioned in the status report the CoA is going to file. Going by the court’s stern stand in the case so far, this doesn’t augur well for the board.
“The BCCI had a chance to route through the CoA their objections against four points, with the promise that everything else from last year’s July 18 order will be followed. But by not following instructions and not conveying anything to the CoA, the BCCI seems to have lost that chance. It’s up to the court now to decide what’s do be done,” sources close to developments told Express on Sunday.
By calling a special general meeting on July 11, where a final decision will be taken on whether the four points would be sent to the court, the BCCI might have left it for too late.
“The court had already said there is not going to be any concession as far as the reform order is concerned. But had the CoA told the court that the BCCI is willing to accept all the points with a request to review just four, the judges might have reconsidered. It’s a different deal if we go to the court and say the same, because our appeals on these have already been rejected,” said a BCCI state association president, who will attend the SGM on July 11.