Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is looking set to be included in the working group of the BCCI on ICC Futures Tours & Programme (FTP).
On the other hand, the inclusion of board’s CEO Rahul Johri in the group depends on whether the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) puts pressure on the office-bearers.
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Earlier this week, the Indian cricket board’s general body decided to form a working group that will study the newly-proposed FTP, according to which Team India will play 81 matches at home across three formats during the five-year-cycle from 2019-2023.
According to the Press Trust of India, the proposed working group is likely to have three principals, BCCI office-bearers (acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry) in addition to the members.
There is also a likelihood of each zone being represented by a member. The office-bearers, meanwhile, are heavily in favour of including Ganguly in the committee.
“Both acting secretary and treasurer believe that Ganguly should be included as this is a purely cricket related issue. A cricketer of his stature giving inputs on FTP would be a great thing,” a senior official told PTI.
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Ganguly is also a part of the board’s Cricket Advisory Committee which has been given the responsibility of selecting India’s head coach. The committee, which also comprises Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman had appointed Anil Kumble, and Ravi Shastri and the reports are suggesting the three-member committee would play an integral role in the appointment of the selection panel.
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The report, meanwhile, further claimed the office-bearers have contrasting views on the inclusion of Johri in the working group.
“We all know what happened when Johri was told to leave one of the SGM meetings earlier this year. The three office bearers were show caused by the COA. While it is not hidden that the relationship between CEO and office-bearers have been frosty, to say the least,” the senior official said.
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