Ravi Thodge, who was the last of the members to join the Committee of Administrators, said on the penultimate day of their job at the helm of Indian cricket that the Supreme Court-appointed body had ‘almost implemented’ everything the way they wanted to.
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Thodge said Ganguly too agreed with their view of changing the conflict of interest rule. © BCCI
A retired Lieutenant General in the Indian Army, Thodge joined the CoA in February this year, almost two years since it was in power. A major reason for him to be in place was to break the deadlock the CoA found itself in after the two remaining members – Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai – struggled to find consensus on several matters.
His tenure was short but he believes most things were completed as he prepares to leave office on October 23. “We’ve almost implemented things the way we wanted to,” Thodge said. “There are certain things to be done, our status report has been submitted to the court and we’ll see whatever comes.”
He believes one of the areas of concern for BCCI going forward will be the conflict of interest rule, as proposed by the Justice Lodha Committee. He is of the opinion that the rule needs to be reassessed as that could create practical difficulties.
“We (CoA and Ganguly) are in agreement with it and the last time when we had a meeting here, Sourav attended on video conference from Calcutta and we had lots of discussions on that issue,” he said. “He’s aware, and it’s one thing that needs to be addressed otherwise we’ll have a problem in having anybody as a coach or for any BCCI appointment it will be an issue.
“So to facilitate cricketers being involved in the cricket administration, it is essential that conflict of interest has to be relooked into, it’s not that it should totally go. Where the personal and financial benefits are there, those will be taken care of. But if the interest of cricket suffers because of conflict of interest then it needs to be addressed. I think he (Ganguly) has mentioned that same point because we had almost a three-hour discussion at that time and he’s got his views on that.”