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BCCI could go back to 80’s, when there was no money: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar

Shashank Manohar, who stepped down as BCCI president, spoke about the Lodha Committee recommendations and its effects.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: May 22, 2016 10:10 am
Shashank Manohar, Manohar India, Manohar BCCI, BCCI, Shashank Manohar India, ANurag Thakur, sports news, sports, cricket news, Cricket Shashank Manohar stepped down as BCCI president earlier this month. (Source: Express File)

Shashank Manohar, who stepped down as BCCI president and has taken over as ICC chairman, spoke about why 75 per cent of the Lodha Committee recommendations are ‘very good’ but also elaborated on why he has reservations about the rest, including banning of advertisements between overs, which would drastically reduce the revenue of the Board. Following are excerpts from a media interaction on Saturday.

Points of conflict

No advertisements between overs

Shashank Manohar: That would destroy the financial structure of this board. The board generates revenue through advertisements. Today the broadcaster pays the board about Rs 43 crore per game – ODI or a T20I or a Test match. The board revenue would come down drastically to about 15% of what it is getting today. When the Justice Lodha Committee came out, Star, which is the official broadcaster for BCCI, had written a letter to me saying that they would like to renegotiate the contract because they said that it is impossible to play Rs 43 crore. If the financial structure collapses, according to me the board would be relegated to the 80s when there was no money with the board.

One state, one association

SM: It is easy to say the North-Eastern states also exist and therefore they should be full members of the board. Even in our political system when the members of parliament are elected, the number is not the same from all states. If you have to give equal representation to everybody then you should have the same number of MPs from every state so you have even representation from every state.

Even in the Supreme Court, if you check the records, there are judges from Mumbai, Kolkata who are more in number while there might not be any judge from the North-Eastern states.

Then there is another aspect. There are many members like Maharasthra, Vidarbha, Baroda, Saurashtra, Railways, Services, Universities, NCC and CCI, which have been told to be removed from BCCI by the Lodha Committee. Now, many of these are founder members of this board. The board was founded in 1932. The states re-organisation act came into force in 1956.

Franchisee representation on IPL GC

SM: This entire matter went to the Supreme Court with an issue of conflict of interest because Mr (N) Srinivasan, who is the owner of Chennai Super Kings, was sitting on the IPL Governing Council. Now this (recommendation on franchises sitting on governing council) is a situation that creates a clear conflict because there are decisions taken relating to the franchises at the IPL governing council. Now suppose I have an interest in a particular matter I should not judge for my own cause.

Apex Council

SM: It can be called working committee, managing committee or you may call it as an Apex Council. But the issue is that nowhere in the world players sit on board of directors. This is also wrong to tell the board that you find another association which would be created by players. Even with FICA (player’s association) that is an association formed by the players themselves, they share their revenue, they shared their prize money to FICA, they pay their subscriptions to FICA and that is how it runs. FICA is consulted by the five boards where it exists. They don’t sit on the management board. They are consulted on cricketing matters.

Three-member selection committee

SM: This is an operational matter. Tomorrow a scenario can happen that all the three selectors can be from one place. Now, there are so many matches which are simultaneously held all over the country. It is physically impossible for the selectors to travel to all these places and watch the games.

Tenure of office bearers, cooling off period

SM: With regards to the (tenure of) office bearers I have no issues with the nine-year term, but the issue is with the cooling off period. You can’t have a cooling off period because there would not be continuity in the system. Because you will have five different people each time. Suppose there is a person who is doing very well and the board wants him to continue, he can’t because there is a prohibition. It is for the board to decide. So for a nine-year term the candidate has to come for 15 years because of the cooling off.

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  1. Gangesh Gowri
    May 22, 2016 at 1:41 am
    Cricket should not be a money-spinner alone. The present mode of telecast reduces the game to be watched between ads and not a few ads between overs--there are toooo many ads. The excess of ads disgusts the viewers. Even pictures are reduced to show ads at the bottom and on the right of the scene--this is disgusting because the BCCI is lusting after big money to be splurged on some self-serving member ociations. The lucre is solely consumed by a few and not shared by all members equally. There is huge corruption in the way the revenue is shared and that is what the Lodha Panel wants to rectify. lt;br/gt;The idea of some plutocrats monopolizing the top posts of the BCCI over long periods must end, as recommended by the Panel. lt;br/gt;Politicians should have no role at the top of BCCI--let retired players and professionals of integrity come to rule the game.lt;br/gt;There must be proper accountability about the audits and all actions of the members. The Board must be brought under the ambit of the RTI. The game should not be reduced to the status of private business managed by a private body, as the present BCCI claims it is. All the dilatory tactics adopted by the BCCI must be brushed aside and let the Apex court wield the stick more vigorously so that even de-recognizing the present Board should be taken as an option. An alternative organisation could be consuted to run the game in the country, as a last resort.
    1. Gayatree Here
      May 22, 2016 at 7:15 am
      If money is everything for Mr. Manhor then why did he dissolve Mr Srini's revenue model which cost @1000 Cr loss per year to BCCI. Is it just to show his good image ? While SC giving some recommendation for betterment of game same guy not ready to accept. Instead of convincing to SC about good/bad part of recommendations he just quit and took ICC president-ship. and forecasting future of BCCI. Seems he is not a Lawyer by profession, Looks like a good Astrologer.
      1. J
        May 22, 2016 at 5:31 am
        I do agree to Gangesh. Do we have a study where how many existing cricket lovers still watch the game from last 5to 10 year's . How many new people have added to the game.
        1. J
          May 22, 2016 at 5:41 am
          I do agree to Gangesh. Do we have a study where how many existing cricket lovers still watch the game from last 5to 10 year's . How many new people have added to the game. If adds alonemakes revenue then at some point if the market turns to be bad and the add start reducing then it's a direct impact. What are the alternative to keep the revenue coming? Current day the game is a money spinner and loosing it's charm. Few bigs pocketing all the money. If an organization is making profits it should retain to face ups and down of tomm. Where is the plan? Make money and take it away right away? What sort of board and organizations ?
          1. Vijayakrishnan Kb
            May 22, 2016 at 7:16 am
            Expectedley, no mention at all from the ex-President about the one single issue which has brought the Supreme Court, Mudgal and Lodha into the picture - the deep rooted corruption in the Board and the State ociations. And what is this 75 % implementation he is talking about? BCCI have appoined an Ombudsaman, yes, but he can look only into matters of conflict of interest, nothing else!
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