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Ramachandra Guha Resigns From BCCI

The noted historian and writer had been appointed to the BCCI by the Supreme Court. Credit: Facebook/Godrej Archives

New Delhi: Historian Ramachandra Guha, who was appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the four administrators of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday informed the court that he had resigned from the post due to personal reasons.

The apex court had on January 30 appointed the four-member Committee of Administrators (COA) – headed by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai – to run the affairs of BCCI and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice R.M. Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.

A vacation bench of Justices M.M. Shantanagoudar and Deepak Gupta was informed by Guha’s counsel that he had tendered his resignation on May 28 to Vinod Rai, chairman of the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI.

The court said a special bench was seized of the matter and the petition should therefore be filed in the registry.

Advocate Rakesh Sinha, who mentioned the matter before the bench, said he had filed the petition to inform the court about Guha’s decision to resign as the main matter would be coming up for hearing in July.

Despite Guha’s claim of “personal reasons”, his resignation from the COA could be linked to the speculation surrounding Anil Kumble’s future as India coach.

The COA, it is learnt, has been left stunned by Guha’s resignation submission to the Supreme Court.

Guha didn’t discuss his resignation with any of his COA colleagues although his submission to the Supreme Court states that he had intimated committee head Vinod Rai.

“No, I had no clue about his resignation as he never told me anything about it. I only came to know from media,” a COA member told PTI today.

The member said Guha wasn’t particularly happy about the speculation surrounding Kumble. Kumble’s future has become a matter of conjecture after reports emerged that there has been a rift between him and India captain Virat Kohli.

Neither Guha, Vinod Rai or Vikram Limaye, the managing director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), have charged a single penny from the BCCI even though they are entitled to a payment of Rs 1 lakh per person per working day.

 

Guha has written some of the most revered books on cricket like “Wickets In the East” and “Corner of a foreign Field”.

He has been a vocal critic of the IPL and ironically, as a part of COA, needed to be present during some of the IPL meetings.

Former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji is the other administrator appointed by the Supreme Court.

  • ashok759

    Everything about Shri Ramchandra Guha is worthy of respect. This CoA will do more harm than good. With all due respect, the apex court has got carried away in its efforts to regulate and reform the BCCI.

  • Rohini

    What was he DOING on that panel, anyway? It needs a person of action and strategy, not Guha. Based on his background as a historian, he definitely jarred on that panel.