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Board of Control for Cricket in India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body for cricket in India. The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. It is a consortium of state cricket associations and the state associations select their representatives who in turn elect the BCCI officials.

Board of Control for Cricket in India
Cricket India Crest.svg
Sport Cricket
Jurisdiction National
Abbreviation BCCI
Founded 1928 (1928)
Affiliation International Cricket Council
Affiliation date 1928 (1928)
Regional affiliation Asian Cricket Council
Affiliation date 1983
Headquarters Wankhede Stadium
Location Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
President C K Khanna
Chief Exec Rahul Johri
Vice president Somnath Dhar
Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary
Men's coach Ravi Shastri
Women's coach Tushar Arothe
Operating income 1,714 crore (US$260 million) (FY2015-16)[1]
Sponsor Oppo, Paytm, Nike, Pepsi, Hyundai, Janalakshmi
Official website



The BCCI logo is derived from the emblem of the Order of the Star of India, the British Raj emblem during the colonial period.


In 1912, an all-India cricket team visited England for the first time, sponsored and captained by the Maharaja of Patiala. In 1926, two representatives of the Calcutta Cricket Club travelled to London to attend meetings of the Imperial Cricket Conference, the predecessor to the current International Cricket Council. Although technically not an official representative of Indian cricket, they were allowed to attend by Lord Harris, chairman of the conference. The outcome of the meeting was the MCC's decision to send a team to India, led by Arthur Gilligan, who had captained England in The Ashes.

In a meeting with the Maharaja of Patiala and others, Gilligan promised to press for its inclusion in the ICC if all the promoters of the game in the land came together to establish a single controlling body. An assurance was given and a meeting held in Delhi on 21 November 1927 and was attended by delegates from Patiala, Delhi, United Provinces, Rajputana, Alwar, Bhopal, Gwalior, Baroda, Kathiawar, Central India, Sindh and Punjab. A consensus was reached to create a board for control of cricket in India and on 10 December 1927, a unanimous decision to form a provisional board of control was taken. In December 1928, the BCCI was registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act with six associations affiliated to it. R E Grant Govan was elected as its first president and Anthony de Mello as secretary.[2]

Committee of Administrators (CoA)Edit

With the surge of cricket in India, BCCI has become rather notorious for its monopoly and has suffered from corruption allegations.[3] The Supreme Court on 30 January 2017 nominated a four-member panel Committee of Administrators (Vinod Rai, Ramachandra Guha, Vikaram Limaye and Diana Edulji) to look after the administration of the BCCI in order to implement lodha committee reforms.[4] Vinod Rai, ex-CAG of India heads the four members panel to look after the administrative duties of the board until the fresh elections are called.[5][6]

Domestic cricketEdit

The general body and office bearersEdit

The BCCI is India's richest sporting body and the richest cricket board in the world.[7][8]

Election and term of office bearers[9]Edit

The following Office Bearers of the BCCI shall be elected by the Full Members of the BCCI from amongst their representatives at an Annual General Meeting:

  1. The President
  2. The Vice-President
  3. The Secretary
  4. The Joint Secretary
  5. The Treasurer

The Term of office of an Office Bearer shall be 3 years. Their position shall be Honorary.

No person shall be an Office Bearer for more than 3 terms in all.

After every three years as an Office Bearer (whether of any Member or the BCCI), no individual shall be an Office Bearer or a Councillor for the next three years.

A person shall be disqualified from being an Office Bearer if he or she:

  • is not a citizen of India;
  • has attained the age of 70 years;
  • is declared to be insolvent, or of unsound mind;
  • is a Minister or Government Servant;
  • holds any office or post in a sports or athletic association or federation apart from cricket;
  • has been an Office Bearer of the BCCI for a period of 9 years or an office bearer of any Member for a period of 9 years; or
  • has been charged by a Court of law for having committed any criminal offence.

A person who is disqualified from being an Office Bearer is no longer to be associated with cricket administration. Such person is disqualified from being a representative or nominee of any Full Member or the BCCI and cannot discharge any role in or on behalf of any Full Member or the BCCI. Such person cannot function within any Full Member in any patron or advisory capacity nor be a member of any committee or council.

The Law Commission has recommended to the government for bringing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and all its constituent member cricketing associations, under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Any body created under Society registration act will come under the RTI, but BCCI is created as a society under TN Society registration act and hence does not come under the ambit of RTI Currently.

Relations with ICCEdit

In 2009, the ICC and BCCI were in disagreement over the WADA, "Whereabouts clause".[10] The BCCI is regarded as cricket's big economic players.[11]


BCCI does not depend on the Government of India for its finances.[12] The global media rights for IPL is awarded to STAR India for 16,347.5 crore (US$2.4 billion) from 2018 to 2022.[13] Official kit sponsorship rights for 5 years from 2016 to 2020 inclusive has been awarded to Nike for 370 crore (US$55 million).[14] While Oppo became the official Indian cricket team sponsor for a period of five years at a cost of 1,079 crore (US$160 million).[15] The media rights for 25 neutral venue one-day matches to be played over the next 5 years were awarded to Zee Telefilms for $ 219.16 million.[16] BCCI had avoided taxes on its income, claiming exemption as a charitable organisation.[17] Although the Income Tax Department withdrew this exemption in 2007-08, BCCI only paid tax amounting to 41.9 crore (US$6.2 million) against its tax liability of 413 crore (US$62 million) in the 2009-10 financial year[18] On 12 September 2006 BCCI, announced that it will spend 1,600 crore over the subsequent one year to upgrade the cricket stadiums around the country.[19]

Affiliated membersEdit


IJPL responds to BCCI gag: We are only promoting cricket

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  2. ^ Dass, Jarmani (1969). Maharaja; lives and loves and intrigues of Indian princes: Volume 56 of Orient paperbacks. Allied Publishers. p. 342. Page 44
  3. ^ Richards, Huw (2013-06-04). "No Easy Cure for Indian Cricket". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  4. ^ Supreme Court appoints four-member panel to run BCCI
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  8. ^ "Mahendra wins a bitter battle". The Hindu. 30 September 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Front Page : BCCI opposes doping clause". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 August 2009. Archived from the original on 4 August 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Front Page : Harbhajan in three-Test ban for racist remark". The Guardian. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Decline in BCCI income during 2008-09s". 
  13. ^ "Nimbus bags cricket rights for $612 m BCCI sale and sponsorship earnings total Rs 3,354 crore". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Front Page News : Wednesday, July 28, 2010". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 December 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Air Sahara wins cricket team sponsorship To shell out Rs 313.80 cr for 4-year period". The Hindu Business Line. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Zee wins 'neutral venue' media rights for $ 219.16 million". 6 April 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Joshi, Sandeep (19 February 2012). "BCCI not a 'charitable organisation'". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "BCCI owes Rs.373 crore to Income Tax dept". The New Indian Express. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "BCCI to invest $347 million on domestic facilities | Cricket News | Global |". Retrieved 28 July 2010. 

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