Rahul Johri to Take Over as First Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of BCCI

Cricket board ap­points for­mer ex­ec­u­tive of Dis­cov­ery Net­works to the post fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions of SC-ap­pointed Lodha panel; Johri to take charge on June 1

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New Delhi: The con­tro­versy-rid­den In­dian cricket board has ap­pointed for­mer Dis­cov­ery Net­works Asia Pa­cific ex­ec­u­tive VP Rahul Johri as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive as part of its ef­forts to clean up and pro­fes­sion­alise its oper­a­tions.

The de­ci­sion to ap­point a new chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) was taken in Fe­bru­ary, fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions by the Supreme Cour­tap­pointed Lodha Com­mit­tee.

“I am hon­oured at the op­por­tu­nity to serve mil­lions of In­dian cricket fans. It will be my ut­most en­deav­our to con­trib­ute to the In­dian cricket,” said Johri, who will as­sume charge on June 1. Johri will re­port to the BCCI sec­re­tary and be based at the Mum­bai of­fice. He will be re­spon- sible for the smooth func­tion­ing of oper­a­tions, stake­holder man­age­ment and build­ing ro­bust strate­gies for fur­ther pro­mot­ing the sport, ac­cord­ing to a BCCI press re­lease. BCCI pres­i­dent Shashank Manohar said, “We are pleased to have Rahul with us and are sure his vast ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge will ben­e­fit the board. His vi­sion, guid­ance and sup­port will con­trib­ute to­wards the suc­cess­ful wor- king of the BCCI.” Wel­com­ing Johri on board, BCCI sec­re­tary Anurag Thakur said that in the past one year the board has un­der­taken var­i­ous ini­tia­tives aimed at trans­form­ing its work­ing to make its func­tion­ing more ro­bust.

“This en­deav­our is an­other ini­tia­tive of the board aimed in the same di­rec­tion and will mark as one more mile­stone to­wards strength­en­ing the pro­fes­sional work­ing of the BCCI,” Thakur said.

Late last year, BCCI had hired Deloitte for trans­form­ing the board and im­prov­ing gov­er­nance, op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial pro­cesses.

The three-mem­ber com­mit­tee, headed by for­mer Chief Jus­tice of In­dia RM Lodha and in­clud­ing re­tired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveen­dran, was set up last year fol­low­ing the Jus­tice Mud­gal com­mit­tee re­port, call­ing for re- forms within the board. The Mud­gal com­mit­tee had been formed to probe bet­ting and spot-fix­ing charges which had first sur­faced dur­ing the IPL T20 league in 2013. The Lodha com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions in­cluded le­gal­is­ing of bet­ting, ban­ning ad­ver­tise­ments be­tween overs dur­ing cricket tele­casts, set­ting up of a play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion and ban­ning politi­cians and bu­reau­crats from the board hi­er­ar­chy.

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