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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Update on Rahul Mehra

Been sitting here watching the Ashes 'final' -- was interrupted by an email on a subject many of you here have been following with some interest.
Rahul Mehra, who has been at his own expense and on his own time fighting a seemingly endless court battle against the BCCI -- the object of which is to make that body accountable for its actions -- mails, saying the next step in the process has been completed.

As you probably know, he had been instructed by the court to put together a document outlining all that, in his opinion, the BCCI should do, to improve its functioning and the game itself. This document, the court intends to read, and more significantly, ask the BCCI to read and respond to, point by point. That was the last update I had for you guys -- herewith, Rahul's letter, which says he managed the deadline:

Dear Prem,

This is to inform you that pursuant to the Delhi High Court's directions I have submitted my suggestions for improving the game of cricket in India to BCCI and the Hon'ble Court on the last date of hearing viz., Septmeber 7, 2005.

I take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart as without your valuable input / suggestions this compilation would not have been possible. I have taken substantial bit from your VISION document.

Hope with this effort we can together get some sanity back to the game and more importantly to the Board.

Rahul Mehra.

The document has been submitted to court, which effectively puts it in the sub-judice category and hence cannot be published just now; I can tell you guys this, though --the amount of work Rahul's put into it is amazing. It makes you think, really -- if one fan who leads a busy professional life can put so much of time, effort, patience, and heart into this effort, surely the Board, whose day job it is, should be in a position to do much more?

Anyways. Back to the game, and will come back in here around 2, per schedule.


  • thanks Prem for the update on that. But can the courts force the BCCI, a private body to bring accountability into their affairs? I think thats a very grey area. Anyhow, good effort from Mehra

    By Blogger Toney, at 11:49  

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    By Blogger shakester, at 11:51  

  • truly worth lauding rahuls' passion. It is quite unbelievable, frankly, the extent to which he has taken this. Exceptional.

    echo toney about how this might end up though...

    By Blogger shakester, at 11:52  

  • Hope that when you can indeed publish it, we'll be the first to see :D

    By Blogger Dhruv Deepak, at 11:57  

  • Prem:

    Excellent work by Mr. Mehra and kudos to you too. Let's keep our fingers crossed that something will come of this, although it may be expecting too much.

    Although the wishfulness is terrific, the hopefulness is terrific too!

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 12:03  

  • Prem, good job by Rahul Mehra and you. Hoping court(s) can influence working of board. Officials will invent work around the law or system.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 12:11  

  • Can we have a look at the VISION document or atleast what Rahul Mehra has submitted to the court. Great work, Mr. Mehra.

    By Blogger Born a Libran, at 12:16  

  • Great Job by Rahul.

    It is upto us now to make sufficient noise , So BCCI is forced to act on it.

    By Blogger Amit, at 12:19  

  • Without taking anything away from Mr. Mehra, it's a futile effort. Nothing's going to come off it and it will just be a waste of time for the courts. BCCI will never improve, Indian sports will never improve.

    By Blogger rahul, at 12:19  

  • I think rediff had put up the vision document when Prem and co created it. It should be there in the archives.

    rahul: thats the point, BCCI won't improve unless forced to. This is an attempt by Rahul to see if they can be forced.

    And to others, if I remember correctly, has'nt the court ruled in (another) case that the BCCI is representing India and hence does not fall totally outside the perview of public scrutiny?
    Prem, can you update us on this one?

    By Blogger worma, at 12:35  

  • Toney, akr..others....in fact just go here. It contains the recent ruling of the court, saying BCCI is accountable and can be sued in public interest. It also has links to the vision statement and other related stories.

    By Blogger worma, at 12:46  

  • Just a couple of days ago, I was planning to email you about just this and sat back thinking about why I am thinking so much about this when a lot of people dont even care. I guess that this is one of my pet peeves.

    So thanks for the update :)

    By Blogger anantha, at 13:19  

  • Good to see the momentum from Rahul and you!
    We all always discuss a lot about the Board (everythig from its idiosyncracies to outright ridiculous and unfair). Always used to wonder what can we fans do more than mere analyzing? There hasn't been a convincing answer to this. May be Rahul succeeds!
    Do let us know if something needs to be done more on this front -if there is a need to show some more support to Rahul, or the court needs to get some more views from some more fans or ... whatever

    By Blogger Anand K, at 13:35  

  • Prem - Rahul Mehra's efforts and all those who helped him, including you, are truly heart warming.

    To all the naysayers - BCCI may not change, but Mr. Mehra has fought well and is exercising his rights, which by itself is a huge success. Being passive and saying nothing's going to change so might as well not try is a loser's excuse.... stand up for your rights like a man and fight till the end if you must. (note - nothing personal against anyone... just lamenting the fatalistic approach many of us take.)

    By Blogger saum, at 13:44  

  • Prem,

    Do you think there is anything else we can do to help Rahul?

    By Blogger mamu, at 13:56  

  • Answers to your questions:
    1. This is no false modesty, but it really wouldn't be nowhere near right to thank Rahul and me in the same breath. Or the same page, come to think of it. He's done all the hard yards -- I, and many others I know of, have pitched in where we could, with ideas and suggestions, and that is all. This is RM's show, start to finish.

    2. What can you do to help? Right now, the thing is out of his hands and in those of the court. He could, though, stand to hear from you guys; for the most part, he has labored with little encouragement, and no thanks. Drop him a line, telling him he has your support, if you can: mehraandco@gmail.com

    3. What can the courts do? Actually, far more than you seem to imagine. The BCCI is a private, autonomous body, yes. But the thing is, it functions in the public domain, and serves the public interest. When you have that situation, if you can clearly show that the public's interests are not being fully served (and can show, too, how they should be served, what is being missed out, etc -- which is the purpose of the document now with the court); the court can then demand explanations and answers, if the answers are not satisfactory the court can issue strictures and insist on compliance.
    There are of course limits: To cite an obvious one the court cannot tell you who to select and who to leave out. The court can, however, take a view on the larger issues of the composition of the committee, or say the transparency of the process, etc.

    So the bottomline, guys, is this: The exercise may not yield the miracles most of us think Indian cricket needs. But neither is it as futile as most of us fear.

    Will keep you posted -- and sure, as and when a situation comes where the document can in fact be published, you'll see it here for sure.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:06  

  • Prem...the rediff vision statement, I was just going through it. has it been 'ratified' by some experts...legal, HR etc..just wondering?

    By Blogger worma, at 14:09  

  • Prem,
    sent an email to Rahul expressing support.

    By Blogger Anand K, at 14:30  

  • Prem,

    Here's a question. We agree that Cricket Australia works great because it is run by paid professionals. However who is the CEO [James Sutherland] responsible to ? Board of directors ? I mean, is there a system of checks in place to ensure they are doing their job correctly ? If so, maybe the same model might work for India. [I mean, it works just great for the various private and public companies in India] This will reduce the pressure on the Board President to please all involved parties and hence has to indulge in favortism.


    By Blogger Geoffrey George, at 14:49  

  • bhupathi/hantuchova win US open mixed doubles title!

    By Blogger Tiger, at 14:57  

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