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Indian cricket board passing through turbulent times: Shashank Manohar

Mumbai: BCCI president Shashank Manohar had made a fervent appeal to the Board's members ahead of its 86th AGM to lend their support to a few decisions which, according to him, were needed to protect the autonomy of the Board during its difficult times.

BCCI President Shashank Manohar. Pic/ PTI
BCCI President Shashank Manohar. Pic/ PTI

"My second term as the President is more challenging as the Board is passing through turbulent times. It is necessary for all the members to support certain decisions which are required to be taken to protect the interest of the Board in maintaining its autonomy," Manohar wrote in its annual report.

He also referred to the difficult times the BCCI was passing through, apparently referring to the 2013 IPL spot-fix scandal that resulted in the Supreme Court forming the Justice Mudgal panel to probe it followed by the Justice Lodha panel which decided on quantum of punishment to those found guilty by the former panel.

"The BCCI needs to improve its efficiency and transparency in governance and a great deal of accountability is required from the members as to how the BCCI funds are used," he wrote. He has mentioned that as a first step in this cleaning up operation to signal more transparency the Board "has started sharing all information regarding rules and regulations on the BCCI website."

Making a strong pitch for framing conflict of interest rules, all of which were subsequently passed by the general body unanimously as he announced after the AGM yesterday, he felt these were necessary to restore the cricket lovers' faith. "I seek your support to bring about certain amendments in the rules and regulations, frame rules of conflict of interest, frame rules for accreditation for Player Managers.

I have to request you to make best endeavours to work towards eradicating corruption from the game of cricket at the state level and assist the BCCI in its efforts to restore the faith of the cricket loving public in cricket," Manohar wrote. BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur, also touched upon the fact that the Board had gone through tough phases with the previous year's AGM having been put off "several times" before it was held on March 2, 2015 in his annual report.

Thakur has mentioned in the "secretary's report" that the National Cricket Academy Committee "has also embarked on launching a coaching website and coaching applications for smart phones so that BCCI can take cricket to the grass root level in a real sense." Reference has also been made in his report about engaging
the media more in improving the image of the Board.

"We have made a sincere effort to engage the print and electronic media to help build the image of the BCCI. There is regular flow of information and news, and relations with the media are structured in a spirit of partnership and professionalism. At the same time, BCCI presence on social media platforms is being significantly strengthened to connect directly with fans," his report said.

Meanwhile, as per treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry "the surplus of income over expenditure (in 2014-15) was 167 crores as against 526 crores (in 2013-14), before any appropriation. "In the current financial year 2015-16, the budgeted surplus is estimated at 1,937 crores," according to Chaudhry. Gross receipt from international games for year ending March 31, 2015, was 121 crore and from IPL 1,000 crore as compared to 194 crore and 1,194 crore the previous fiscal.

According to the treasurer this decline in receipt was due to reduced international fixtures played in India and 8 teams taking part in IPL as compared to 9 in the previous year. "Receipts from ICC share of distributions were at 54 crores compared to 33 crores in the previous year. However, in the subsequent years we may expect an increase under this head," his report said.

Chaudhry has also complimented former president N Srinivasan, who was yesterday replaced by Manohar in the ICC as the new chairman, for the increase in revenue from the world body. "This is on account of the transformation in ICC which was driven by the BCCI through its representative, Mr N Srinivasan who is currently the ICC Chairman.

I have no doubt that he along with the President Mr Shashank Manohar and the Honorary Secretary, Mr Anurag Thakur, supported by the team of office bearers will further strengthen the Board's leadership position in the ICC and be actively involved in the global growth of the game," Chaudhry's report said.

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