Interim President and Secretary to take over BCCI until January 19

 . Last updated on January 4, 2017, 11:37 AM
Interim President and Secretary to take over BCCI until January 19
RM Lodha said that the apex courts order was a victory of the game of cricket.
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Anurag Thakur, the incumbent BCCI president was ousted on 2nd January by the Supreme Court along with secretary Ajay Shirke. Now, as ordered by the Apex Court, the senior most of the five BCCI vice presidents will act as the interim head of the Board till January 19. It also directed the joint secretary to hold the post of interim secretary until the date. Thus, following the directives, Amitabh Chaudhary will be the secretary until a new management is formed. Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman and Gopal Subramanium will form a group of new administrators of the Board to take over the management by January 19.

Mr. Chaudhary also represents the Jharkhand State Cricket Association. Among the five vice presidents, ML Nehru, representing the North zone is the senior most among the others. He is 70 plus in age and the others have completed their tenures. The other officials are Gautam Roy from East Zone, G Ganga Raju from South, TC Mathew from West and CK Khanna from Central Zone. The Lodha panel suggested CK Khanna as the interim president. Even if he was also under the criteria of cooling off period, his tenure in Delhi & District Cricket Association would be not considered.

Additionally, the Committee assured that it is "perfectly all right" even if there is no president for the next couple of weeks. They said, the committee will get in touch with the Board's CEO to ensure smooth functioning until the new administrators are appointed. It was hinted that the new officials will be out of the current expense of BCCI. Professionals like GK Pillai, the former home secretary, who also has a strong cricket background, might be considered for the new designation. Gopal Subramanium has also pointed out names like Mohinder Amarnath and Vinod Rai, who has substantial cricket as well as administrative background. Mr. Rai is an ex-CAG of India.

Thakur and Ajay Shirke has accepted the verdict and has politely agreed with the court's decision. Former Chief Justice RM Lodha said that the outcome was a logical consequence and it was a "victory of the game of cricket." Mr. Shirke expressed that he accepted the order as a past secretary he is only worried about the Board's position in the global stage.

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