BCCI meeting to discuss a host of thorny issues

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram:The working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) beginning in Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow could well be a stormy affair with issues pertaining to suspension of all financial assistance and grants to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) set to dominate the proceedings.

According to sources the two-day meeting, called to ratify the BCCI six-member committee's decision to appoint Greg Chappell as the new Indian coach, was likely to bedominated by discussions over the inaction of the TNCA against its clubs for having dragged the BCCI to courts.

Various court cases against the BCCI, including the 'contempt of court' cases against former president Jagmohan Dalmiya, incumbent Ranbir Singh Mahendra, and secretary S KNair, and the cases related to its elections filed by Netaji Cricket club and the Sir Thyagaraya Cricket Club affiliated to the TNCA would be on the agenda for the meeting.

"The likely decision will be to stop all BCCI's financial assistance and grants to the TNCA," they added.

Other thorny issues to be deliberated upon include passing of legislations by the Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh governments to regulate sports in their respective states and BCCI vice-president Kamal Morarka's demand for disqualification of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president Lalit Modi for his alleged conviction in USA 20years ago.

The other subjects on the agenda include the upcoming cricket tours of the Indian team, merger of women's and men's cricket Boards and television rights issues.

With the Indian government deciding to amend the Income Tax Act to give tax exemption for international sporting events the working committee would also discuss the detailsregarding holding of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy next year in the country, BCCI secretary S K Nair said.

He said the working committee would also discuss India's tour of Zimbabwe where it is proposed to play two Test matches with the host team and a three-nation tournament alsoinvolving New Zealand.

Sri Lanka's request to play three Test matches and five ODIs in India in November-December, South Africa's proposal to play five ODIs in India in December and Indian team's proposed tour of Pakistan in January-February to play three Tests andfive ODIs would also be discussed at the meeting, he added.

Before taking up these matters, the members would confirm the minutes (to be circulated) of the committee meeting in New Delhi held on Feb 17 and May 1 last.

The meeting, to be held Thiruvananthapuram after a gap of 24 years, would be attended by BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra, Nair, joint secretary Goutam Dasgupta, treasurer Jyoti Bajpai,vice-presidents C K Khanna, M Ranga Reddy, Rajeev Shukla, Chirayu Amin and Morarka and representatives of 14 associations.

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