BCCI acting president CK Khanna
CK Khanna (IANS Photo)

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has cleared a 10-day trip for the acting BCCI president CK Khanna to travel to UAE to watch Asia Cup that starts later this month. However, CoA is being accused of applying different yardstick for different officials.

As per its practices, the CoA is sternly against allowing BCCI officials to travel to tournaments at the cricket board’s expenses unless for official work. Questions are being raised as to the reason behind Khanna travelling to the UAE for Asia Cup.

“Amitabh Chaudhary is Indian board’s representative at the Asian Cricket Council. His expenses are entirely being borne by the ACC and he is going to be there for at the maximum three days. There are seven BCCI staffers who are going there purely for work and helping out in smooth conduct of the tournament. Their expenses are also being borne by the ACC,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by the PTI on Tuesday.

“Our only question to CoA is what is the purpose of BCCI president’s visit. Since they have only issued directive that barring official work, no office bearer should undertake any travelling assignment.”

In May this year, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri were in Dublin for an ICC meet. Both had wished to extend their UK trip to watch India matches [against Ireland and England] but CoA had refused.

However, Khanna has refuted the allegations saying it’s not a joy trip and as the board president, he has the right to watch a tournament. “Firstly, I have not decided on my date of travel. Secondly, these are all false allegations that this is a joy trip. I am the BCCI president and well within my rights to watch a tournament. I don’t see anything illegal happening. Have I committed any crime?” Khanna was quoted as saying.

According the report, the clearance was given as among the three BCCI office bearers [Khanna, Chaudhary and Johri], Khanna had travelled the least and it is also being seen as a farewell trip for the acting president as recently CoA had announced that board elections are likely to be held at the end of November.