With the Supreme Court asking BCCI president Anurag Thakur to provide a signed personal affidavit on his supposed request to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to term the Lodha panel reforms as amounting to government interference, after ICC CEO David Richardson’s admission to a television channel, the matter will likely be discussed in the ICC meeting in Cape Town that starts on Monday.
The Indian cricket board, according to sources, will seek an explanation from Richardson for the public revelation, which they think has “no formal or official” authentication. This was after Richardson, last month, claimed that Thakur had “verbally requested” ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to write a letter to the BCCI, citing the Lodha Committee’s recommendation of appointing a government watchdog – the CAG – and asking for clarification about whether it could be considered as government interference.
A BCCI official told this newspaper that they haven’t made a formal or informal approach. “No formal or informal approach has been made. Gossips are unconstrained conversations that don’t have a locus standi. Richardson clearly overstepped his brief by bringing something on public forum which he wasn’t allowed to do,” he said. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is concerned about the BCCI’s threat of pulling out of the Champions Trophy next year. A few days ago, during the India-New Zealand second Test in Kolkata, Thakur had said that the BCCI might have to choose between the IPL and Champions Trophy if, as per the Lodha Committee recommendation, a 15-day gap must be ensured between the T20 league and India’s next international assignment.
Also will be brought into the table India’s non-representation in the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee and Executives Committee. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke termed the non-inclusion as “humiliation”. But Manohar had told this paper that he had assured that the BCCI would be incorporated into either of the two main ICC committees. Then again, it would be interesting to see if Cricket Australia (CA) questions its ICC Governance Review Committee omission. The grapevine has it that the the CA is not happy. From tomorrow onwards, focus will be on the Big Three; if the BCCI, ECB and CA re-build their old alliance to serve their respective interests.