first_img“Also by what logic can the Board decide about full “Also by what logic can the Board decide about full membership? Mumbai is a cricketing hub and has won Ranji Trophy 41 times, Maharashtra has maximum districts within the area and Vidarbha has the maximum infrastructure. On what basis full and associate membership will be given,” the former BCCI chief wondered. He said the recommendation of IPL franchisee representatives be given a place in its governing council would go against conflict of interest issues, the very basis on which the Lodha committee was formed. “The Committee says two members from IPL franchises should be in the IPL Governing Council. According to me this entire matter went to the Supreme Court due to conflict of interest because N Srinivasan (former BCCI chief), as owner of Chennai Super Kings, was sitting in the IPL GC. Because of that the Lodha committee was formed and conflict of interest rules were framed. “This is a situation which creates clear conflict as decisions taken at IPL Governing Council are about IPL franchises. I cannot sit as a judge for my own cause. “How can you have an IPL franchisee sitting (in IPL GC)? They (Lodha Panel) says by rotation every year two franchises should come in. That means franchises debarred for misconduct can (also) come and sit. This cannot be implemented as it is a clear case of conflict,” he elaborated. Manohar explained that his suggestion to the BCCI for three independent persons with expertise in administration and finance was kept in abeyance pending the Lodha panel recommendations, which had then not been submitted to the Supreme Court. Manohar said he had no issue over the size of the BCCIs apex committee, but said nowhere in the world do active players sit on an administrative panel. “I have no issues on number of persons in the apex committee, but nowhere in the world players sit on the board of directors. Its also wrong to tell the Board you fund another association created by the players. “Even where FICA (world players body) exists they dont sit on the management board. They are consulted on cricketing matters. We (BCCI) also have committee of cricketers who deal with cricketing matters. (MORE) PTI SSR ARS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more