A miffed Committee of Administrators today served a notice to top BCCI office- bearers, including acting president C K Khanna, for not allowing CEO Rahul Johri to attend its latest SGM. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry also received the notice.As per the third Status Report of COA, dated April 6, Johri is considered its representative in all BCCI meetings but during the boards Special General Meeting yesterday, acting secretary Amitabh requested Johri to leave the meeting premises along with other employees of BCCI.The acting secretarys contention was that since the Supreme Court, in its July 24 judgement, has strictly mentioned that only office bearers of state associations can attend the SGM, they were following the apex courts directive “in letter and spirit”.”Yes, Mr Khanna, Mr Amitabh Chaudhary and Mr Aniruddh Chaudhry have all received e-mail communication from the COA. The COA wants to know how Rahul Johri was debarred from the meeting. Till date, Johri, in his capacity as the CEO, has attended all SGM since joining BCCI,” a BCCI official, who did not wish to be quoted, told PTI today.Apart from Johri, general manager M V Sridhar was also not allowed to attend the meeting. It has been a general convention that most of the executive staff of BCCI attend such meetings.Apart from CEO, who is a part of the decision-making process, his team also provides all the necessary secretarial services during the meetings.To exercise caution, the acting secretary only allowed office-bearers after checking authirisation letters from the representatives of the various state units. It must also be mentioned in this regard that one of the five “practical problems” in Lodha Reforms that BCCI has apparently found out is the distribution of power between office-bearers and executive functionary.advertisementAs per the Lodha Committee reforms, the CEO will be the most powerful executive functionary of the board (like all other cricket boards). Traditionally, however, secretaries and presidents wielded absolute power in the BCCI.The former Jharkhand top cop felt slighted when the COA, at the beginning of their term, had asked Johri to convene a selection meeting, which, as per BCCI constitution, is the secretary or joint secretarys prerogative.During the various ICC meetings in the past, the CEOs meet has always been attended by the secretary of the Indian cricket Board despite the presence of a CEO. The current move by the acting secretary may turn counter-productive for the BCCI as the COA, in its fourth status report submitted to the Supreme Court, had praised Chaudharys efforts to draw a consensus among members pertaining to adoption of the Lodha Committee Reforms.The BCCI, at its SGM yesterday, rejected all the key components of good governance recommended in the Lodha Reforms, including age-cap (70 years), cooling-off (three years after each term) and tenure (cumulative 18 years in state and BCCI).
NEW YORK — Throughout an up-and-down month, the Los Angeles Angels have been pretty consistent in one area: hitting home runs.Albert Pujols had one of Los Angeles’ four long balls, C.J. Wilson kept New York in check again and the Angels roughed up the road weary Yankees on April 25.“The offensive part of our club is doing what it needs to do,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully we’ll start to match it on the mound, particularly in the bullpen.”Pujols hit homer No. 501 and Ian Stewart had a two-run shot off Hiroki Kuroda (2-2) for the majors’ top slugging squad. Erick Aybar connected for a three-run drive and Collin Cowgill went deep against Bruce Billings, one of the pitchers called up when Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games after being caught with pine tar on his neck.Even with Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun on the disabled list, the Angels set a club record for March and April with 35 home runs, and Pujols has a majors-leading nine. But Los Angeles, which wasted a ninth-inning lead on April 23 in a 5-4 loss, is just 11-11 and has not been above .500 yet this season.“It was a fun game for us after the off day and after the way the last game went,” Wilson said. “We’re hitting balls all over the place.”Wilson (3-2) played catch on a softball field in Central Park wearing his red glove, unnoticed by any New Yorkers. It was hard not to notice his dominant performance in a difficult wind on April 25.He gave up a run and four hits in six innings, the seventh time in eight starts he’s held New York to two or fewer earned runs.Hank Conger had a pair of RBI doubles and a run-scoring single, Aybar reached base all five times — once when Carlos Beltran dropped his flyball to right field — and scored four runs. Howie Kendrick had three of the Angels’ 16 hits and scored three runs in a game that ended in front of a near-empty stadium.The Yankees returned home at 3 a.m. April 25 from an eventful 4-3 road trip in which they lost starters Ivan Nova to a season-ending elbow injury and Pineda for two starts. They came out flat against the only AL team with a winning record against them since 2000.The Angels improved to 66-59 against New York since the turn of the century, but have won just 5 of the last 12.In the lineup because of his success against Kuroda and third baseman David Freese’s struggles, Stewart singled in the second and hit a two-run shot in the third. He went 2 for 3 against the Yankees starter and is 8 for 16 against the righty.On a chilly night, New York managed just two hits off Wilson until the sixth, when Alfonso Soriano had a sacrifice fly after Derek Jeter singled for his 3,336th hit and Beltran doubled.“He’s got pretty good stuff,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s got good stuff and commands the baseball with a lot of movement.”The Angels sprayed hits through the Yankees’ varied shifts, scoring three in the second. Conger doubled in a run with a liner that hit the right field wall with a loud thud, Cowgill drove in another with a sacrifice bunt to first base and J.B. Shuck had an RBI groundout.Stewart connected in the third with two outs. After his only 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, Kuroda gave up a long homer to Pujols to start the fifth. An out after Kendrick doubled, Aybar sent a fly to deep right that hit off Beltran’s glove for an error, chasing Kuroda.“I’m feeling good,” Pujols said. “It feels good to feel healthy.”Billings relieved and gave up an RBI double to Conger for an 8-0 lead. Aybar and Cowgill hit long balls off Billings in the seventh.Kuroda had his worst outing of the season, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs. “The sinker wasn’t good, as well as my slider and I got behind in the count and got hit,” Kuroda said through a translator.Scioscia said before the game Ernesto Frieri would be removed the closer role while he works on spotting his pitches. The right-hander worked a 1-2-3 eighth, when the score was 12-1.“Velocity is there,” Frieri said. “I just need to make my pitches.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares