COA shuts Thakur and Shirke's offices

COA shuts Thakur and Shirke's offices

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) on Monday sacked employees attached to the offices of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.

The committee, which took over the running of the cricket board on January 30, took the decision to relieve the staff attached to the former president and secretary's offices during its meeting held here on February 1.

BCCI media manager Nishant Arora, who was in the eye of storm for allegedly leaking dressing room incidents to Thakur, is said to have “resigned” on Sunday evening.
Diana Edulji, one of the members of the COA said that they have not named anyone but had only instructed for the closure of the office.

“We had just said that President’ s Office in Delhi should be shut down and all those recruited in Delhi office will need to go. We never named Nishant but if he is a Delhi Office recruit then he has to go. But if his media manager’s contract is independent of it, then Rahul (BCCI CEO Rahul Johri) takes a final call. Nishant’s replacement will also be decided by Rahul,” Edulji said.

It is also learnt that the contract of another high-profile employee, Amrit Mathur, who was the Head Communications as well as the advisor to the BCCI president, will not be renewed. He was also the operating head of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).

While appointments and tenure of other BCCI officials will be overseen by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, the COA has also instructed the BCCI that there would be no further appointment of staff without its approval.

Johri, however, was allowed to hire staff on contract basis, for a maximum of four months, for the conduct of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The four-member COA comprises of former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai, IDFC Managing Director Vikram Limaye, former Indian women's cricket team captain Edulji and historian Ramachandra Guha.

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