Selector Roger Binny set to lose post in clean up

Published on: Sunday, 8 November 2015 //

Roger Binny might be out of the BCCI senior selection committee as the cricket board seeks to address the conflict of interest issues in its 86th AGM in Mumbai on Monday. All five members of the selection committee are eligible for another term but Binny’s son Stuart’s presence in the Indian team might go against the selector from the South Zone. The former India all-rounder, a World Cup winner, doesn’t take part in discussions related to his son. But with the new BCCI president Shashank Manohar aiming to cover all the bases, Binny is unlikely to be given an extension.

WV Raman and Venkatesh Prasad are reported to be the prime contenders to replace Binny, but according to a source, ex-India stumper MSK Prasad could be a dark horse. The BCCI is set to revamp the junior selection committee as well, and if Prasad doesn’t get into the top rung he might replace the junior national committee chief Connor Williams.

After taking charge of the Indian cricket board on October 4, Manohar asked for “two months” to put the house in order. Operation clean-up has become the name of the game under his regime. He has prepared a three-page draft with strict dos and don’ts for everyone related to the BCCI. This is going to be the main topic of discussion at the AGM.

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The list has clear guidelines for the administrators (both BCCI and its affiliated units) and cricketers, past and present. The clauses for the administrators include: “An administrator or his near relative, shall not have any commercial interest in any activities/tournaments of the BCCI including Indian Premier League. An administrator or his near relative shall not be on the payroll of an IPL Franchise. An administrator or his near relative shall not be associated with a Player Management Company or a Player Agent in any form either Honorary or Paid. Any administrator or their near relatives should not be associated with any Company/Organization that has entered into a Commercial Agreement with the BCCI. However, this will not apply to small holding of shares in a public limited company.”

Players in focus too

Players, too, are in the loop. “Cricketers on the payroll of the BCCI or holding contracts with BCCI shall not be on any BCCI committees including IPL GC. Cricketers appointed as Coaches of Indian Teams or National Selectors shall not be associated with any private coaching academies during their tenure. Cricketers appointed as the Coaches of Indian Teams or National Selectors shall not be associated in any form with a Player Management Company or a Player Agent either Honorary or Paid. Cricketers appointed as the Coaches of Indian Teams or National Selectors shall not have any contract with Print or Electronic media during their tenure. They cannot write columns. Cricketers on the Managing Committee of an Affiliated Unit of BCCI shall not be considered for appointment as a National Selector. Current Cricketers shall declare the name and details of his/her Player Agent or the Player Management Company. Current Cricketers shall not have any business interest in a Player Management Company. Current Cricketers shall not have any conflict arising with the BCCI sponsors including the apparel sponsor. Current Cricketers shall not accept any Controlling position in any Commercial Organization having a contract with the BCCI or its State Unit,” it says among others.

It will also severely restrict the roles of the former players who are directly linked to the IPL franchises or running their own academies. Some state associations have sought clarifications over the recommendations but Manohar appears to be very serious about putting the clauses into effect.

The BCCI’s image has tarnished almost beyond repair following the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting controversy. The governing body of Indian cricket faced Supreme Court wrath over the conflict of interest issues as it struck down the amendment to the BCCI constitution’s clause 6.2.4 that allowed board officials to have a commercial interest in the IPL. Manohar wants to redeem the honour. A lengthy debate is expected at the AGM.

The meeting is likely to take a call on N Srinivasan’s future as the ICC chairman. Restructuring of the IPL governing council is also on agenda. It is learnt that Ajay Shirke might replace Rajeev Shukla as the IPL chairman. A decision to scrap commentary contracts could be taken as well. It will allow the host broadcaster to choose a panel of its own. The present deal makes it mandatory for the official broadcaster to hire Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan and Ravi Shastri. The latter, however, is now working as the director of the Indian cricket team.

Manohar had proposed to relinquish his veto power over selection matters. A final decision is expected to be taken on Monday. Appointment of an Ombudsman to deal with the complaints related to conflict of interest issues is also on agenda.

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