Diana Edulji has complained that BCCI acting president CK Khanna had "disregarded the protocol" by not presenting the award during the ODI against Australia in Delhi. She has also added that despite her wish to present the IPL winners' trophy, she was overruled by her CoA colleague Ravi Thodge.
The regular catfight between the BCCI and CoA members don’t seem to end with Diana Edulji being at the centre of it more often than not. The recent controversy broke out after the former Indian women’s team skipper alleged that Khanna broke the “protocol” by not letting her present the IPL trophy to the IPL Champions.
To prove her point, she brought another instance to the table where the winner of the Australia series was presented the trophy by Delhi and District Cricket Association president Rajat Sharma while it should’ve been by a BCCI member.
"To set the facts straight, in the CoA meeting dated 8th April, the topic was discussed. During the discussion, I had mentioned that as the acting president (CK Khanna) had abdicated his right to give away the trophy during the BCCI bilateral match in Delhi," Edulji said in a press release, reported the Times of India.
"He (Khanna) had shown disregard for the protocol and an office bearer of a state association was allowed to give the trophy away and hence for the IPL Final CoA members should give the trophy. This was because the acting president had shown disregard to the office of the president of the BCCI," said Edulji.
In no uncertain terms, Edulji claimed that if CoA chief Vinod Rai was present in the function, he should’ve been the ideal person to give away the IPL trophy, or else it should’ve been her and Lt Gen Thodge. However, she was overruled by her CoA colleague and as things stand, she is irked by that.
"A few days before the final Mr. Khanna forwarded a mail from the Acting Secretary Mr Amitabh Choudhary written sometime in the year 2017 in which he had said that as per protocol the BCCI President gives away the trophy," said Edulji.
"Till date, even after numerous emails including from the Acting Secretary asking for reasons on what grounds the Acting President allowed the DDCA representative to give away the trophy, Khanna has not bothered responding and explaining about the reasons due to which he took that decision."
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