Off The Field

RM Lodha warns Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji against playing with BCCI

Written by Vishwas Gupta

The ongoing war of words between the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji has not missed the eye of the Lodha committee chief Justice (retired) RM Lodha. Formed to implement the suggestions of the Lodha panel recommendations, the CoA has been busy getting into day-to-day activities of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rather than ensuring the smooth implementation of the new constitution, approved by the SC.

“They are making a spectacle of themselves. It’s a two-member committee so all the decisions have to be unanimous, no one is superior or inferior, higher or lower. If they aren’t unanimous, status quo should be maintained till they are able to agree on something. This can’t be ‘my way or highway’,” he told.

“If they can’t convince each other and can’t have a unanimous view, how can they ask the BCCI’s state associations to implement the SC order? You can have multiple views but once you sit, you have to find a middle path. There is nothing like a veto power in this committee. This is just a two-member committee, this is not a Parliament where a Speaker is given a casting vote.”

Mails and counter mails have dominated proceedings in the BCCI in recent times and Lodha doesn’t understand the need for such style of functioning as matters can be easily discussed sitting across the table.

“I don’t know why they are exchanging emails and putting things on record. They are members of the committee and should sit together, if required meet every day, and iron out the creases,” he said.


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