BCCI CoA Sourav Ganguly CK Khanna Amitabh Anirudh Chaudhary
From left: CAB President Sourav Ganguly, BCCI Acting President CK Khanna, Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, Acting Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, during the meeting in Kolkata on July 22, 2018 © IANS

On Sunday, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided not to press the panic button on World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) pressure for coming under the purview of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). Besides CEO Rahul Johri, who represented Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (CoA), the BCCI meeting in Kolkata was attended by Acting President CK Khanna, Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Acting Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry. Former India captain, BCCI Technical Committee Chairman, and CAB President Sourav Ganguly also attended the meeting.

“We discussed these matters, but no decision has been taken yet. We will be having another meeting shortly,” Khanna told reporters after the meeting.

Another top Board official said: “We had a healthy discussion about the NADA issue and the T20 leagues. It was an open-minded discussion and hopefully, we’ll make a decision when we meet next.”

The BCCI has been under pressure for some time from NADA, which wants the former to come under its umbrella. The board has shown reluctance stating it doesn’t come under the ambit of National Sports Federations (NSFs). The Indian cricketers are also averse to the idea, especially the contentious ‘whereabouts’ clause as they fear that their privacy will be breached.

There were also discussions on exercising control over the private state T20 leagues like Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), and the Karnataka Premier League (KPL).