New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ended up wasting lakhs of rupees after their decision to adjourn the Working Committee meeting to be held in Kolkata on Friday.
The Jagmohan Dalmiya-Anurag Thakur led BCCI called off the meeting due to N Srinivasan's participation as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's representative.
According to a report in the Times of India, the BCCI wasted close to 70-80 lacs as no business was done after calling all its officials. A typical meeting of the working committee, which includes 24 members plus invitees and half-a-dozen BCCI staff, costs the BCCI approximately Rs 50 lakh.
And then when you include the finance committee (7 members) and IPL governing council (17 members) meetings held over two days, the BCCI would have spent around Rs 70-80 lakh on air tickets, five-star hotel accommodation (two nights) and added features.
The amount spent could be minimal for the cash-rich BCCI, but it surely calls into question its administrative efficiency.
This somewhat sums up the state of affairs of BCCI which has done precious little to get its act together under a `new' team headed by president Jagmohan Dalmiya and Anurag Thakur that was voted to power in March earlier this year.
Reports claim that N Srinivasan had made it known in advance that he intended to attend the meet in Kolkata, yet BCCI officials failed to seek legal opinion on the issue and ended up with a stalemate, thereby wasting lakhs of rupees.
The fact that the BCCI has failed to act on the Lodha committee order that was passed six weeks back highlights the indecisiveness of cricket board. The board has also taken lot of time on appointing a suitable coach for Team India following the exit of Duncan Fletcher after the World Cup.
The adjournment of the WC meeting also meant that the IPL Governing Council's recommendation to invite fresh tender for two new teams has not progressed, reflecting the BCCI's reluctance to address the issues plaguing the cash-rich cricket league.