Vinod Rai heads the Committee of Administrators (CoA). (Image courtesy: Getty)
Vinod Rai heads the Committee of Administrators (CoA). (Image courtesy: Getty)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) continue to be at loggerheads. Both parties have been continuously trying to overrule each others’ authority in Indian cricket. In a new controversy, Vinod Rai, head of CoA has asked the BCCI office-bearers, especially Amitabh Choudhary, not to take any decision over India’s proposed  day-night Test against West Indies come October.

According to IndianExpress, Rai expressed displeasure over Choudhary’s telephonic conversation with India’s head coach Ravi Shastri. “I don’t have Ravi’s email id. Please forward to him also.” He also questioned, why BCCI’s decision-making power was only limited to Mumbai.

“Even if it be cricket of which all of you certainly have greater knowledge than me (I am excluding Diana who has greater knowledge than all of you!), I represent the viewing population. They are your greatest stakeholder. Don’t you think you need to factor them in?”

Rai’s letter was as follows:

“The issue is placed on hold. It does not go out of cricket centre_till: 1. We work out a whole process with venue thrown in _ exact timing incl. security arrangement over five days in the same venue and the cost of the same to BCCI/State Assn. We then consult the guest team. We need to factor in their viewpoints. 3. Ravi may have been consulted but I would like to consult the players whose body clock over five consecutive days will have to get accustomed to a new timing. 4. Also factor in the administrative set up who will be doing the regimen for five days-late nights and all.”

Shastri’s view on day-night cricket is quite open, he mentions,  “As far as day night cricket goes it can be tried out as an experiment with a game starting at 12 and where the last session is played under lights. It will be interesting to see how much part dew will play. Again against a team like the West Indies it has to be played in a tier 2 city without a doubt. To get in the crowds it doesn’t matter if it’s a day game or daynight game. What (is) important is 2 tier city.”