As the Committee of Administrators prepare to hand over the reins of Indian cricket to a new set of office-bearers after a 33-month tenure at the helm of affairs, Diana Edulji – one of the only two members to have served the Supreme Court-appointed body through the entire duration – admits that not everything was achieved.
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“It was a good experience and a long journey, didn’t think it would last so long, but I am happy with the end result that the office-bearers are coming back and BCCI will be run by them now,” she said on October 22, the penultimate day of her tenure with CoA.
“I have enjoyed my journey of 33 months, never expected it to be so long,” she added. “Mr Rai had said he was a nightwatchman, but this was more than a nightwatchman. Never heard of nightwatchman scoring double hundred or a triple.”
She expressed delight over the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the new BCCI president but stated that despite the increased remuneration for players and improvement in the domestic structure during CoA’s tenure, a lot remains to be done for the betterment of Indian cricket.
“It is good that a player (has become a president), he knows in and out of what is required, when he was a player what he expected of (from) BCCI, and now when he is sitting on that seat.
“Lot more work (has to be done), we were working on that (increasing remuneration for players), but could not finish it. The players, domestic structure does need a look in, so we can attract more cricketers to the game and let’s hope for the best.
“(Unfinished work) That’s part and parcel of any committee that comes in. When the office bearers come in and their tenure will be over, they will have unfinished business (as well). So it’s simple, nobody can be perfect and there will be obstacles on the way and you have to get over it and work for the organisation.”
Among the more controversial aspects of her tenure was her objections with her colleague Vinod Rai’s views on matters relating to CoA, where she often disagreed with him, resulting in a 1-1 vote before Ravi Thodge joined in as the third member of the committee. However, she dismissed the arguments between them as simply a difference of opinion.
“We have our differences, and we have aired it also openly. (It works that way) in any organisation, and I have been always batted on the front foot or bowled my armours well. But it was nothing personal, it was just (on) principals that stands were taken and that’s it. If I wanted to say something, I have always called spade a spade and don’t hold back.”
On being asked if she would be willing to come back to cricket in an administrative role again, she said, “I’m available for cricket 24×7”.
“It was great learning experience handling BCCI and I hope I can do something more after I finish my cooling off period… (In the future, I’m ready for) any role for cricket, cricket is my DNA.”