Eminent historian Ramachandra Guha on Thursday stunned most people with his decision to quit BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA). “No, I had no clue about his resignation as he never told me anything about it. I only came to know from media,” a COA member told PTI about the announcement. Even though Guha cited personal reasons behind his resignation, it still triggered rumours: ‘was it because of speculated Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble rift? Or, was it India’s decision to play Pakistan in Champions Trophy?’ Well, according to a report by The Indian Express, a letter written by Guha to chairman Vinod Rai, dated June 2, 2017 reveals there were seven reasons behind his resignation:
The seven points that Guha makes in the letter are as follows:
1. CoA’s failure to address conflict of interest issue
Conflict of interest has been a heated issue in India’s cricketing circles in last few years and Guha wasn’t happy with national coaches taking part in the IPL. Even Rahul Dravid who is in charge of India A and U-19 team is the coach of Delhi Daredevils team.
2. Dual role for Sunil Gavaskar
The second reason on the list was Sunil Gavaskar being head of a player management company. Gavaskar is one of the top Indian commentators and analysts.
3. Grade A contract for MS Dhoni
Another controversy that has hit Indian cricket team in recent times was regarding the central contracts for players. Guha wasn’t happy with Mahendra Singh Dhoni given a ‘Grade A’ contract even though he doesn’t play Test cricket anymore.
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4. Unprofessional nature of CoA
Yes, the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble rift also made the list as Guha wasn’t impressed with the way this matter was handled. He wasn’t in support of Anil Kumble’s contract coming under scrutiny despite his excellent past record and on eve of Champions Trophy.
5. Neglect of domestic players
CoA’s total neglect of domestic cricketers and a huge gap in their match fee as compared to international players was the 5th reason that forced Guha to take the decision.
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6. Silence on disqualified officials
Committee of Administrators has been silent on disqualified officials attending BCCI meets and this was questioned by Guha.
7. Absence of ‘male’ cricketer in CoA
The absence of ‘male’ cricketer in CoA and the proposal to include Javagal Srinath in the committee was the last reason.