Monthly Archives: JULY 2017
SC issues notice to BCCI on e-auction of media rights
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy's plea to seek an e-auction of the media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) for more transparency.
Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy moved the SC, in order to seek e-auction of media rights for the matches of the IPL.
The BJP leader said since an amount of Rs 30,000 crore was involved in the award of IPL media rights, the issue should not be decided in an opaque manner.
"There is a requirement of non-discriminatory and transparent method, (in line) with the best international practices, to be adopted for distribution of valuable media rights so as to ensure maximum revenue in the larger national interest," he pleaded.
"The commercial interests and huge money is involved, amounting to Rs 25,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore, in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India, which makes it mandatory to have a robust, completely transparent auction method to maximise revenue and prevent vested interest from making undue gains," Swamy added.
The auctions for the broadcasting rights are set to be held on August 17, with the rights lasting for the duration of five seasons.
The BCCI had opposed this motion, saying that e-auctions would not be possible. The SC has now sent the Indian cricket board a notice seeking the reason behind its opposition of the e-auctions. The apex court has, however, not stayed the auction.
The three-member bench, headed by justice Dipak Misra, has given a two-week time to the BCCI to reply as to why broadcasting rights of IPL matches are not being sold through e-auctioning.
The next hearing is stated for August 22.
BCCI adopts Lodha panel reforms barring five contentious reforms
The Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which took place in Mumbai on Wednesday, is over with the board passing a resolution in which it decided to adopt the Lodha reforms barring five particular points.
"The BCCI has adopted Lodha panel reforms except five," said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary after the meeting.
The reforms that have not been implemented are one state one vote, the size of the national selection panel, the size of the apex council while the last one covers age cap and tenure of office-bearers.
In another controversial move, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was barred from attending the SGM as the Supreme Court directive of only allowing the state association’s office bearers were let in. Besides Johri, the representatives of Odisha and Punjab were also barred from attending the meeting as they are not office bearers. As per the court order, the only eligible attendees were president, vice president, secretary, joint/assistant secretary and the treasurer.
It was learnt that Johri was told by Amitabh Choudhary that he along with all other BCCI employees should leave the meeting premises as SC order of July 24 states that only office-bearers should be attending the meeting.
"Johri is not an office bearer but a salaried employee of BCCI. While he attended all previous SGMs, we can’t take a chance this time as we have to honour SC order in letter and spirit. All employees were told by acting secretary that they have to leave the room,” a state unit representative, who chose not to be named, told PTI.
It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court ordered the BCCI to implement the reforms recommended by the Justice R M Lodha-led panel.
Ravi gets his wish: Bharat Arun back as India's bowling coach, Sanjay Bangar as assistant coach
Virtually snubbing the CAC selection of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas consultants, newly-appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri on Tuesday had his way when the BCCI announced the return of Bharat Arun as bowling coach.
Arun will join the Indian team on a two-year period until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup, while current batting coach Sanjay Bangar has been elevated to the title of assistant coach for the same duration. R Sridhar will continue as fielding coach. While Bangar and Sridhar were given one-year extensions in June 2016, the Indian cricket team has not had a bowling coach since Arun's contract expired last year.
Speaking at a press-conference in Mumbai, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury announced the entire list of the support staff members of the Indian squad.
"I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be and you have just heard that," Shastri said after Choudhary announced the appointment in a press conference.
"It's a privilege and honour to be the Indian coach, and I would like to thank the CAC for thinking I'm worthy enough to do the job," Shastri said in the press conference.
The media conference took place after Shastri met the newly-formed four-member BCCI committee for the purpose of deciding the coaches, comprising acting President C.K. Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji and board CEO Rahul Johri.
Shastri's remarks on Tuesday left it unclear on the roles of former India stalwarts Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan who were announced as overseas batting and bowling consultants respectively by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.
For the record, Shastri said he has talked to both the former players. "All depends on their availability. It depends on individuals, the number of days they want to give but their inputs will be invaluable and they are most welcome. I have spoken to both of them personally," former India all-rounder Shastri said.
Shastri and his support staff's first assignment will be the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, when the Indian team lands there on Wednesday for three Tests, five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and a solitary Twenty20 International (T20I), starting July 26.
Irfan Pathan trolled for posting 'un-Islamic' selfie with wife
In another case of a cricketer being targeted on social media, all-rounder Irfan Pathan was trolled for posting a selfie with wife Safa Baig. The 32-year-old posted a photograph on Instagram as well as official Facebook page with a message that read, "This girl is trouble #love #wifey."
The post did invite trouble for Pathan as fans from across the globe slammed Irfan and his wife for posting a picture which was against Islam.
Here are some of the reactions:
A comment read, "WTF Tell her to cover her arms. Being a muslim and being a Pathan its your duty to do so.”
"Hiding face is not Farz…But hiding arms is farz Irfan bhai... She’is hiding her face its good, may Allah bless her… But tell her to hide her arms too...” wrote a certain Kaashif Raza Khan.
A person named Abdullah Qureshy wrote, "Mashaa allah, esi baat nahi h ki islaam aap par laagu hota h, but aapaki chhavi ek sachche musalman ki h so pleaase bhabhi ko parde me rakho.” (Your image is that of a true Muslim, so please keep your wife in veil).
Another person named MD Mojibur Rahman Majid wrote, "Bhai nice picture. But please don’t update Wife or any of our Muslim girls pictures . I really highly respect your family coz you got so nice family, your family example for others, I got one humble request to you please don’t update muslimas pictures, our girls are very special . They simply not come out, I love you bhai.” (sic)
Irfan tied nuptial knots with Safa Baig at Haram Shareef, in the holy city of Mecca in February 2016. The duo had been dating for two years before they decided to take their relationship to the next level.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that a cricketer has been targeted for posting an image of his wife. Last year, India fast bowler Mohammed Shami was trolled for sharing an image with his wife on social media where she was seen wearing a sleeveless gown. Shami later slammed the trolls and asked them to mind their own business.