Rahul Dravid may not be part of any IPL team but he was not totally out of the league’s functioning. The present Indian Cricket Team’s coach and Former Indian Captain were made part of two of the three committees of the league by the BCCI last season.
At the last Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Kolkata, Rahul Dravid was drafted into the league’s Code of Behavior Committee and Technical teams. Dravid’s name finds mentioned in the minutes of the AGM circulated among the state units recently.
A 14-page report published by BCCI informs about the three committees that were formed during IPL 2022. It reads:
“Three IPL Committees were formed – (1) Code of Behaviour Committee comprising Mr Brijesh Patel, Mr Arun Dhumal and Mr Rahul Dravid. This committee will act as a disciplinary committee for the code of conduct of players, team officials and match officials;
(2) Technical Team comprising Mr Brijesh Patel, Mr Jay Shah and Mr Rahul Dravid. This committee will oversee the implementation of the rules and regulations of the tournament and authorise player replacements in case of injuries or COVID-19.
(3) Suspect Bowling Action Committee comprising Mr Javagal Srinath, Mr Hariharan and Mr Arun Dhumal. This committee will review and assess the legitimacy of players’ bowling action in case any player is reported for illegal bowling action which contradicts the laws of cricket”.
Over INR 9000 crore of the BCCI funds are blocked in litigation: Minute
The minutes also mention that over INR 9000 crore of the BCCI funds are blocked in litigation. “More than INR 9,000 crores of the funds of the BCCI and the state cricket associations are tied down in non-productive and unwarranted litigation which can be better used to promote the game with more incentives and better facilities.”
Sanjay Manjrekar Will Be Seen Commentating Again Since 2020: Minute
Sanjay Manjrekar, who has been kept out of the BCCI panel of commentators since 2020, will now return to the panel. He will commentate during the forthcoming ODI series against South Africa. Incidentally enough, Manjrekar’s BCCI hibernation started from an ODI series against South Africa in 2020 when the Proteas had come to India for a three-match ODI series which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
It was largely thought that Manjrekar was excluded from the commentator’s list because of alleged differences with a senior board official and for a long time he was not seen on Star Sports, BCCI’s official broadcaster.
The comeback has been gradual. He was seen during last year’s IPL auction on Star although not during the league itself. He was recently part of the commentary panel for the Asia Cup, which again was on Star. Before that, he had wielded the mic for the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand last year. The ICC event was also on Star.
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