In all likelihood, you will be surprised to know that who has featured in the BCCI’S guest list for the ongoing Champions Trophy in England – It’s Robert Vadra, businessman and son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. According to a report in The Indian Express, Robert Vadra attended India vs South Africa as a BCCI guest at The Oval on June 11. In this match, Virat Kohli’s Men in Blue won by eight wickets. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment on the matter, according to Indian Express. According to a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrator (CoA) they were “not involved in the distribution of complimentary tickets”, as per Indian Express. The report quoting sources say that for every India game at the Champions Trophy, the BCCI books a 24-seat corporate box for its officials, stakeholders and “special guests”.
Moroever, BCCI also has at its disposal 20 additional tickets provided by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Among the BCCI officials in England for the premier one-day tournament are CEO Johri, acting president C K Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and three board employees, according to the Indian Express report. Indian Express quoting a BCCI official reported that the board decided to book a corporate box at all ICC events for the first time under the previous administration.
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“Former president N Srinivasan came up with the idea of the BCCI having its own box at the World Cup and Champions Trophy. The aim was to provide the best seats for BCCI members and those helping the Indian board,” said the Express report quoting an official. Corporate box seats are in huge demand for the high-voltage India-Pakistan final on Sunday.