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

Despite being a hard nut to crack, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to relinquish its diktat. After a meeting held in closed quarters, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have asked BCCI to permit their contracted commentators to write columns and participate in award shows/functions in their own capacity.

According to BCCI website, CoA’s minutes of meeting read, “After the discussion, the COA decided that it would not impose any prohibition on commentators from either (i) writing sponsored columns for newspaper; and /or (ii) participating in sponsored awards/rating programs.” The meeting was held on December 4, 2017.

Commentators like Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle and Murali Karthik were caught in a fix due to BCCI’s conflict of interest disclosure policy. This decision by the CoA, according to a report published in IndianExpress, comes in after the SC-appointed committee felt commentators were denied their freedom of speech.

The minutes also states, that BCCI’s anti-corruption and security unit chief Neeraj Kumar will not be getting any extension past IPL 2018.

The details read, “A search committee comprising the Chairman and a retired police officer above 65 years of age should be constituted to look for a replacement once the current head of the Anti-Corruption Unit retires and such replacement should be offered a contract of 3 years of duration.”