Be Objective, Transparent, Fair and Reasonable: SC to BCCI

The SC has asked BCCI to be objective, transparent for aspiring youngsters as they are aspiring to be Dhoni and Kohli

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The Supreme Court on Monday told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it was performing a public duty and has to be “objective, transparent, fair and reasonable” in its functioning with “equal opportunity to all” as there are many youngsters aspiring to be like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

“You must bear that you are discharging public functions. You can’t say I don’t like Bihar Cricket Association or others and it is my choice to have Bihar or not. I will not associate Bihar,” said the bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.

The bench on Monday appointed Gopal Subramaniam as the amicus curiae to assist the court in the hearing of the matter.

Telling the apex cricketing body that while taking shelter of Article 19(1)( C) (guaranteeing right to form associations or unions), the bench said that it also imposed obligations on it as it was discharging public functions.

“If someone wants to have a career in cricket, there is no way that he can do so without being on the right side of the BCCI,” the bench said.

No one can play cricket except under your control. You have a complete sway over the game. Because of your sway, you are preventing the people where there is no cricket like in north-eastern states and even excluding Bihar from being a part of BCCI.

Regardless of the population, in International Cricket Council (ICC) there is a “one state one vote” rule, then why it should not apply to the BCCI,” the court questioned.

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