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N Srinivasan, Sourav Ganguly part of meeting to push for fresh BCCI elections

There is a view even among those BCCI seniors who weren’t at yesterday’s meeting that the CoA’s decision-making process, especially on cricket-related issues, has been slowed down by the friction between Rai and Edulji. Some of the concerns discussed on Friday by various members were listed by BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary in a separate email sent to state associations earlier this week. Ganguly, too, has been critical in the past of the BCCI technical committee (of which he is the head) not being kept in the loop over cricket-related decisions.

The statement also referred to Edulji’s complaints on several occasions that she was being overruled by Rai even though he had no legal status to do so.

“The members expressed shock at the manner in which… the decisions and views of one member were being ignored and the decisions of the other were being executed irregularly despite there being a deadlock in decision making on such decisions,” said a media release issued after Friday’s meeting. “The members decided they would bring forth certain points before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in order to ensure that democracy is restored in decision making especially on cricketing matters so that Indian cricket does not suffer.”

The members at Friday’s meeting also expressed disappointment over the BCCI’s professional management not involving them while finalising key decisions related to conduct of domestic cricket. It has only led to “deterioration” of domestic cricket, they said.

“The members expressed shock at the statements being made in order to portray the purported success of the 2018-19 domestic season while nothing could be further from the truth,” the media release said.

The lack of infrastructure, personnel and video equipment in the face of a huge volume of both men’s and women’s cricket across age groups has been skewed, the members said. Other cricket-related concerns included the introduction of ad-hoc qualification criteria, and the qualification criteria in the Ranji Trophy where the top five teams from the Elite groups reach the knockout stage.