New Delhi: According to a report in the Indian Express, remuneration of commentators was decided by top BCCI officials who even overruled the chief of the board’s production unit.
The case of L Sivaramakrishnan in particular shows how the BCCI in general conducted its affairs.
In 2014, then BCCI president N Srinivasan wanted to hand Siva a favourable contract even against the wishes of production chief James Rego. This is clear from the emails accessed by the newspaper.
An email from Rego to IPL CEO Sundar Raman irked Srinivasan.
“At ground level, we have to handle these people (including our international commentary superstars), and if all and sundry can directly have access to president or the secretary for production-related matters and have their way, then it only makes our work more difficult as you will understand.
Would request to know if Siva’s fees have been considered as mentioned above. If they have a complaint related to our way of working and that is reported, that is absolutely no problem, but request such general production matters when brought up directly should not be entertained and directed back to me please, ” wrote Rego.
In response, Srinivasan shot off an email to secretary Sanjay Patel, asking Rego to find another job if he had issues with BCCI.
“While contracts with (Sunil) Gavaskar and (Ravi) Shastri have been finalised, in the case of L Sivaramakrishnan, I understand that James Rego has stated the contract would be on a series to series basis. He (Rego) has no authority to overrule the Working Committee decision.””I also understand he has conveyed to L Sivaramakrishnan his disapproval of what he terms as interference by the president’s office in this matter. Kasi (Viswanathan, secretary of the Tamil Nadu association and Srinivasan’s assistant) informs me that such a call has not been made by him. In any case, what is wrong if he had done so. James Rego has no business to make such comments. If he disagrees with Working Committee decision or with any office bearers, he can quit and find another job. Kindly convey this to Sundar also…. I don’t know why he (Rego) should continue in BCCI, ” wrote the Tamil Nadu strongman.
Srinivasan was also in favour of greater remuneration (Rs 35,000 a day) for V B Chandrasekhar, the former selector-turned-commentator. Rego felt if Chandrasekhar is paid Rs 35,000 a day, he would earn Rs 5,000 more than Siva, who could then ask for more money. Rego wrote an email to Raman citing his concerns.
But Raman replied stating Srinivasan had approved Chandrasekhar’s remuneration and that he already had discussed the matter with the president.
“This (Rs 35,000) works out to apprx 11k increase per day x 70 days (sic). He has approved the same. Kindly from the next season pre agree the terms ahead of the season. I was told there was no discussion and a contract was presented to them after the season had started,” Raman wrote.