Ramachandra Guha refuses money for role as BCCI CoA member

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-10-23 13:46:00

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Ramachandra Guha was among the initial members of Supreme Court-appointed CoA (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ramachandra Guha was one of the initial members of the CoA
  • Guha had quit from his role in July 2017, citing personal reasons
  • Guha was set to be paid Rs 40 lakh for his role as CoA member

Former Committee of Administrators member Ramachandra Guha has refused compensation for his role in the Supreme Court-appointed panel, saying he had made his position clear as early as the time of appointment.

Ramachandra Guha was part of the initial 4-member CoA appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the operations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

While CoA chief and Diana Edulji are set to be paid in excess of Rs 3.5 crore each for their 33-month stint, Guha and Vikram Limaye have refused to take Rs 40 lakh and Rs 50.5 lakh for the roles in the CoA.

"I had made it clear at the time of appointment itself that it was an honour and I won't be accepting compensation. It's a personal decision and for those who have served for three years, I don't say it's correct to accept the same. On many occasions in the committee members appointed by SC have received compensation. During my time I did my best to build bridges within the board and internationally," Ramachandra Guha said in a letter written to the BCCI.

Notably, the CoA, which came into place in January 2017, is all set to demit office as the elected members of BCCI, including president Sourav Ganguly, will assume office on Wednesday.

Ramachandra Guha had quit from the CoA as early as July 2017, citing personal reasons. Guha had also the BCCI for the way it handled the conflict of interest issue when it came to big names in the set-up.

In a fiery resignation letter, Guha also criticised the handling of Anil Kumble as the then coach of the national team, saying that his tenure should have been extended.

Kumble stepped down after a public fallout with captain Virat Kohli following the Champions Trophy in 2017. Guha had slammed the "superstar culture" in the Indian team.

(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)

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