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Can BCCI be Control-free?

COA chief Rai open to dropping of 'Control' in BCCI; fellow panelist Ram Guha supports change in name as well

The Committee of Administrators (COA) appointed by the Supreme Court is in favour of dropping the word 'Control' from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after a suggestion came from former captain Bishan Bedi during the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture (not to be confused with the annual lecture organised by the Indian cricket board) in Kolkata on Saturday.

"It is indeed a very good suggestion and I personally welcome it," Vinod Rai, the chief of the committee, said yesterday.

"I don't know whether we can do it as we are appointed by the Supreme Court, the (new) elected body should certainly give it a thought. It is not that this can't be done (by them). If this suggestion is floated in the media, let the cricket-loving public of the country express their views," Rai added.

Another committee member, Ramchandra Guha also endorsed Rai's views. "It is stupid to have this word (Control) in the name of the Indian cricket board. It can be either Cricket India or the Indian Cricket Board. It should fall in line with Cricket Australia (CA), Cricket South Africa (CSA) etc. On Monday I shall certainly suggest this to my other members of the committee (Vinod Rai, Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji)," said Guha.

The BCCI was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. Now that the big names of the BCCI have lost 'control' over the Indian cricket board, it could be a step at the right time.

According to The Telegraph, the former left-arm spinner Bedi said: "The Control part in the BCCI has to go... Why not Indian Cricket Board? Why should anyone control? Cricket is a way of showing freedom of expression. There's no control element in other boards... Look at Cricket Australia, Cricket South Africa and England & Wales Cricket Board. The only thing controlling cricket is India. Hopefully, we will see that the Control bit is removed."

ICC full members who changed

  • England and Wales Cricket Board (Earlier: Test and County Cricket Board)
  • Cricket Australia (Earlier: Australian Cricket Board)
  • New Zealand Cricket (Earlier: New Zealand Cricket Council)
  • Cricket South Africa (Earlier: United Cricket Board of South Africa)
  • Cricket West Indies (Earlier: West Indies Cricket Board)
  • Pakistan Cricket Board (Earlier: Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan)
  • Bangladesh Cricket Board (Earlier: Bangladesh Cricket Control Board)
  • Sri Lanka Cricket (Earlier Board of Cricket for Sri Lanka)
  • Zimbabwe Cricket (Earlier Zimbabwe Cricket Union)

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