BCCI and COA fight over Saba Karim’s visit to England


A new chapter was added in the ongoing battle between BCCI board members and the Board of Trustees (CoA) when Acting Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry interviewed General Manager (Cricket Operations) Syed Saba Karim for a visit nine-day trip to the UK. Monday.

In an email sent to the CoA, a copy of which is in the possession of India Today, Chaudhry questioned the proposed cost allowance of $ 4,050 for a period of nine days (or over Rs 30,000 per day). ) to Karim who does not include the hotel rate.

He also reminded the CoA that they had recently banned Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary from traveling to the UK for the T20 series involving India and England, while believing they saw no “added value. “to his trip.

“I received an email to sign a currency release letter to Mr. Syed Saba Karim for his DA in the amount equal to USD 4,050 / – for his proposal to visit UK for a period of 9 days, “Chaudhry wrote in his email to the CoA.

Screenshot of the letter from the treasurer of the BCCI, Anirud Chaudhary. (Photo courtesy: Ateet Sharma)

Chaudhry wrote that although the committee’s instructions “prohibited” him from “asking staff for details / invoices”, he would like to request the following information regarding Karim’s visit to the UK:

1. Supporting documents which show the purpose of his visit to the United Kingdom and the decision-making process thereof and any invitation from the ECB or any communication to the ECB prior to the approval relating to it.

2. Supporting documents demonstrating that the approvals are in place.

3. Information as to whether other staff have recently visited the UK.

4. The possibility that if there had been such a trip recently, would that traveling staff member not have done the job that Mr. Karim might be traveling for?

When India Today tried to contact CoA chief Vinod Rai, he did not respond to calls and messages.

Meanwhile, Chaudhry also reminded Rai and Diana Edulji not to allow Secretary Amitabh Choudhary’s recent visit to the UK.

“I do not wish to be misunderstood here, sir and madam and I therefore refer to the e-mail of the committee of directors dated 18.06.2018 to Mr. Amitabh Choudhary in which the Honble committee, while forbidding the acting secretary to be going to England, had said, Based on the contents of your email, the Board of Trustees sees no added value to BCCI in simply watching the three T20 India-England matches that will be played in England.

Therefore, although I am not aware of the reasons for Mr. Karim’s 9-day tour and no paper, document or communication other than the letter for me to affix my signature has been sent to me, in addition to wanting to satisfy my curiosity, I also wanted to be careful to make sure that no one was trying to get around the letter and spirit of the CoA’s decision for which I might be questioned by the CoA or any other forum / authority since my signatures must be affixed to the said letter and the same obliges us to respect the rules framed by the law on the management of foreign exchange and the provisions thereof. “

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