Ravi Shastri (left) has received the credit for India's good show in England ODI series © Getty Images
Ravi Shastri (left) has received the credit for India’s good show in England ODI series © Getty Images

Mumbai: Sep 5, 2014

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel says it is premature to talk about Ravi Shastri‘s services being requisitioned as the Indian team director during the ICC World Cup 2015, following his successful stint in the same post in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series in England which India have wrapped up after losing the Test series 1-3 to the same opponents.

“It’s premature to talk about this. Let this ODI series be over first. He was very gracious to accede to the BCCI’s request when we approached him after the Test series. He said he was always there for India and Indian cricket and accepted it without any preconditions.

“We will certainly compensate him for whatever he has lost by way of not fulfilling his contract as a TV commentator and media columnist,” Patel informed.

He also reiterated that the ruling group’s supporters would be meeting in an “informal” manner in Chennai on September 7 to take stock of the situation in the BCCI.

The Board’s AGM is due by the end of this month but there are already speculations that it may be postponed as the accounts have not been passed by the working committee before they are tabled. The BCCI’s Finance Committee, headed by Dr G Gangaraju, is yet to meet and a clearer picture is likely to emerge post the meeting in two days’ time in Chennai.

Patel said that Goa Cricket Association did not receive any state funds from the government for its activities, when asked about the threatened derecognition by the state government if incumbent president Vinod Phadke does not step down from his post for his part in the alleged 2001 fake ticket scam.

“The GCA does not get any financial support from the state government,” quipped Patel when asked about this controversy.

The GCA managing committee, which met on September 3, had resolved that Phadke should step down to save the body from being de-recognised by the state government. The government had warned of de-recognition after GCA failed to implement the recommendation of Justice Pendse Commission, investigating the 2001 India-Australia ‘Ticketgate’ at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, where chaos prevailed during the match when bogus tickets were sold to cricket fans.

Phadke has defiantly claimed he will stick to his post and that he has the backing of the BCCI.

“There is no question of me stepping down. I have informed the BCCI about the show cause notice issued by the state government. The BCCI is firmly behind me. I will be meeting the Board officials within a week over the issue,” Phadke told PTI yesterday.

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