BCCI's Amitabh Chaudhary attends ICC conference; approval sought for two members in board meeting

PTI, Feb, 02 2017

New Delhi: Armed with approval from the Supreme Court, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary on Thursday attended the chief executive committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai even as the Indian cricket board would seek approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) so that two people, including Committee of Administrators (COA) member Vikram Limaye, could attend the 'board meeting'.

BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary attended the ICC meet in Dubai. AFP

BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary attended the ICC meet in Dubai. AFP

As per the ICC constitution, in a 'board meeting', two representatives from the same cricket board can be allowed wherein one is a participating 'director' and the other an 'observer'.

The 'observer' as per the constitution will have no role to play and cannot participate in any of the discussions of the 'directors' of the board.

However, the BCCI will need to apply and get approval of the ICC board that in this meeting, they would be needing two representatives with Limaye expected to be present.

It will be interesting as to who will be the second member among Amitabh, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri.

"Since Limaye needs to get a hang of how things work in the ICC, he will probably be better off as an observer in this meeting with either treasurer Chaudhary or CEO Johri participating in the discussions. But it can be other way round also," a former BCCI office-bearer with experience of attending ICC meetings told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

With India not being a part of the important finance and commercial affairs (F&CA) committee, one does not know whether the BCCI's first-ever CEO Johri will be representing the board in any of meetings or not.

Johri, in his capacity, could have attended the CEC meet but former top cop Amitabh was allowed as he was the 'nominated member' of the BCCI, which is the mandatory clause as per the ICC constitution.

Pakistan was represented by Subhan Ahmed, Cricket South Africa by Haroon Lorgat, Cricket Australia by James Sutherland - all paid CEOs but in case of the BCCI, they nominated their joint secretary instead of the CEO.

The CEC meeting is a forum where ideas and proposals are discussed but it is subject to approval from the ICC board.

This ICC board meeting is significant as the apex body of world cricket is mulling some significant structural changes.

"We have had a working group in place for the last 12 months and it has been carrying out a complete review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes," chairman Shashank Manohar has written in his column for the ICC website.

"The group will present their findings at the ICC board meeting this week and I look forward to discussing them with my board colleagues and considering the next steps," he further said.

"Another widely discussed area of focus for our sport that we hope to make progress on in 2017 is around the structures of international cricket. We must ensure we protect and promote three vibrant formats of the game that each have context and meaning in relation to global events, along with an event pathway that is open to every member."

Published Date: Feb 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017

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2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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