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.
|Affiliation||International Cricket Council|
|Regional affiliation||Asian Cricket Council|
|Location||Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|President||C K Khanna|
|Chief Exec||Rahul Johri|
|Vice president||Somnath Dhar|
|Men's coach||Ravi Shastri|
|Women's coach||Tushar Arothe|
|Operating income||₹1,714 crore (US$260 million) (FY2015-16)|
|Sponsor||Oppo, Paytm, Nike, Pepsi, Hyundai, Janalakshmi|
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.
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. 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. 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.
The BCCI organises the following domestic cricket competitions:
The general body and office bearersEdit
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:
- The President
- The Vice-President
- The Secretary
- The Joint Secretary
- 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
BCCI does not depend on the Government of India for its finances. The global media rights for IPL is awarded to STAR India for ₹16,347.5 crore (US$2.4 billion) from 2018 to 2022. Official kit sponsorship rights for 5 years from 2016 to 2020 inclusive has been awarded to Nike for ₹370 crore (US$55 million). 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). 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. BCCI had avoided taxes on its income, claiming exemption as a charitable organisation. 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 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.
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