BCCI’s working group concerning the matter of ICC Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) is all set to take in legendary India skipper Sourav Ganguly in the panel, whereas CEO Rahul Johri will only be included if the Vindo Rai led Committee of Administrators (CoA) puts pressure on the office-bearers.
On Monday (December 11), the BCCI general body made a decision to form a working group that will analyse the new FTP – as per which Indian cricket team are expected to play 81 matches at home across all three formats during the five-year period of 2019-2023.
"Both acting secretary and treasurer believe that Ganguly should be included as this is a purely cricket related issue.A cricketer of his stature giving inputs on FTP would be a great thing," a senior official, who was present at the SGM was quoted as saying by PTI.
As per the reports in PTI, it is learnt that top BCCI brass are not quite keen to include Johri in the working group as a permanent member.
"We all know what happened when Johri was told to leave one of the SGM meetings earlier this year. The three office bearers were show caused by the COA. While it is not hidden that the relationship between CEO and office-bearers have been frosty to say the least," the senior official revealed.
When one of the office bearers was approached by PTI, he said: "In any case, whatever are the findings of the working group, it will be apprised to the general body and the CEO is a part of that body. Why does he require to be a part of this working group? However if need be, we will call him for the meeting."
The new FTP has India playing 306 days of international cricket in the five-year-cycle from 2019-2023. As compared to the preceding five-year cycle, the Men in Blue will play 84 less matches this time around.