After BCCI finance head, Natl Cricket Academy office-bearer resigns

BCCI has said that Ranji Trophy match between Tripura and Jharkhand is underway in Agartala. Photo: PTI

National Cricket Academy’s Chief Operations Officer Toofan Ghosh has become the second high-profile BCCI executive to put in his papers after finance head Santosh Rangnekar.

However, it is still not clear whether the BCCI will have a new COO or it will revive the old NCA sub-committee structure headed by a chairman, which became defunct during the tenure of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators alongside other committees.

When Ghosh was contacted by PTI, he said, “I don’t want to comment on this matter.” But it could be confirmed that Ghosh has indeed mailed his resignation to CEO Rahul Johri.

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“Ghosh has put in his papers and mailed it to Rahul (Johri). He has cited personal reasons for quitting. I can confirm that there was no pressure on him and it was a personal decision,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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Ghosh’s performance as COO was always under the scanner and many in BCCI believe that he hadn’t made much headway into the proposed project of building a state of the art NCA.
His lack of knowledge about cricket administration was also a big reason and his trip to Australia to gain knowledge about its Centre of Excellence was questioned in all quarters.

It is believed that Ghosh’s position became untenable once BCCI got its democratic set-up back in October and the first meeting with the office-bearers was the last straw. There is a possibility that NCA committee structure would be revived where members will decide on the new NCA project.

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“Rahul Dravid is Director (Cricket) and there is a robust coaching structure in place. So that part is taken care of. As for the new NCA project, the sub-committee could be revived just like it was before COA took charge,” he added. BCCI CFO Rangnekar had resigned last month citing personal reasons.

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