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
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.