SC-appointed BCCI administrator Ramachandra Guha resigns
BCCI administrator Ramachandra Guha has resigned. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Historian Ramachandra Guha, appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the four administrators of BCCI, today informed the court that he had resigned from the post due to personal reasons.
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 Board of Control for Cricket in India.
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.
The apex court had on January 30 appointed a four-member committee of administrators 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.
Vikram Limaye, Managing Director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), and former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji were the other administrators appointed by the Supreme Court.
Guha wasn't particularly happy about the speculation surrounding Team India coach Anil Kumble, whose future has become a matter of conjecture after reports emerged that there has been a rift between him and India captain Virat Kohli.
Many in BCCI feel that Guha's proximity to Kumble may also be one of the reasons as the historian was one of the brains behind the revamped pay structure idea.
And now with Kumble on a sticky wicket and impasse in BCCI unlikely to be over anytime soon, Guha may have considered it prudent to walk away.
"One is right that Anil Kumble did not voluntarily ask for pay hike. He was certainly told by COA to give a presentation. But the seeds of this idea were sown during the BCCI Annual Awards function in Bengaluru.
"Guha was one of the advocates of hike but he was clueless about percentages and rationale that goes in financial dealings," the BCCI official said.
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.