India vs Pakistan Final, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Robert Vadra’s name in BCCI guest list for ringside seats at The Oval

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment on the board’s guest list while a member of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA said they were “not involved in the distribution of complimentary tickets”.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: June 17, 2017 11:32 am
Robert Vadra, BCCI, Champions Trophy, england Champions Trophy, the oval, Robert Vadra Champions Trophy, sports news It is learnt that Vadra attended India’s league game against South Africa as a BCCI guest at The Oval on June 11, when Virat Kohli’s team won by eight wickets.

The BCCI’S guest list for the ongoing Champions Trophy in England includes a surprise name: Robert Vadra, businessman and son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. It is learnt that Vadra attended India’s league game against South Africa as a BCCI guest at The Oval on June 11, when Virat Kohli’s team won by eight wickets. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment on the board’s guest list while a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrator (CoA) said they were “not involved in the distribution of complimentary tickets”.

Sources said that for every India game at the Champions Trophy, the BCCI books a 24-seat corporate box for its officials, stakeholders and “special guests”. The board also has at its disposal 20 additional tickets provided by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Among the BCCI officials in England for the premier one-day tournament are CEO Johri, acting president C K Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and three board employees. A BCCI official said the board decided to book a corporate box at all ICC events for the first time under the previous administration. “Former president N Srinivasan came up with the idea of the BCCI having its own box at the World Cup and Champions Trophy. The aim was to provide the best seats for BCCI members and those helping the Indian board,” said the official.

Sources said these corporate box beats were in huge demand for Sunday’s India-Pakistan final. “NRI businessmen, politicians and celebrities have been calling us for passes,” said a BCCI official. Incidentally, earlier this year, the CoA had frozen a payment of Rs 76 lakh that the BCCI had made for the purchase of tickets for the 2016 World T20. The BCCI was entitled to 100 tickets per game but ended up purchasing more to accommodate its guests.

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    Janardhan Rao
    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:46 pm
    NDA or UPA he remains the son-in-law of the Mafia Queen of India.
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      pradeep
      Jun 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm
      Birds of the same feather flock together. All those p ering the country are part of cricket.
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        ashok s
        Jun 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm
        He is son in-law of daughter in law of this country . so what's an issue
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          Damodar Biswal
          Jun 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm
          Sycophants n family worshipers r yet to change their mindset.
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            Pankaj
            Jun 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm
            The observation is correct but unfair. The political masters have changed. The department needs some time to adjust. just like laptops were given out in UP with Akhilesh name
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              KS KUMAR
              Jun 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm
              Reason for this is none but Rajiv Shukla who is Sonia's chamcha.
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                Rajendra Lal
                Jun 17, 2017 at 11:40 am
                The BCCI is in complete mess, and needs complete overall.
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                  Subspan Raman
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 11:36 am
                  and stupid Indians keep filling up the coffers of the indian cricket board by buying over priced tickets. Only about 9 countries play decent cricket. Other sports are neglected
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                    Ashish
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm
                    U keep ur mouth shut before saying about Indians ,see ur muslim country fighting among themself.... muslims...making mess in whloe world
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                      Damodar Biswal
                      Jun 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm
                      I agree with ur observation that cricket is promoted at the cost of other sports in India.But u have no right to call Indians stupid.This is unfortunate .
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