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CoA member Diana Edulji clears air on IPL 2019 trophy presentation controversy

Diana Edulji, a member of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Diana Edulji, a member of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).   | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

Edulji has accused Khanna of breaching the protocol during India’s ODI against Australia in New Delhi in March.

Diana Edulji, a member of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), has clarified her position on the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy presentation controversy.

Two days after Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) acting president C.K. Khanna presented the winner’s trophy to Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma last Sunday, reports surfaced stating that Edulji wanted to present the trophy against the protocol. In a media statement issued on Thursday, Edulji has accused Khanna of breaching the protocol during India’s ODI against Australia in New Delhi in March.

“In the COA meeting dated April 8, the topic was discussed. During the discussion, I had mentioned that as the acting president had abdicated his right to give away the trophy during the BCCI bilateral match in Delhi, he 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,” Eduji stated.

“I had even mentioned that if Mr. Rai would be present at the Finals, then he should give the trophy to which he had said that he was not going to be present. It was then that I mentioned that as Gen. Thodge and I were attending the finals, the two of us i.e. Gen Thodge and myself may present the trophy. The matter rested there.”

Despite Khanna being present during the presentation ceremony in Delhi, the DDCA chief Rajat Sharma had handed over the trophy. Edujli added that Khanna has not cited any explanation for withdrawing his right despite several reminders by acting secretary (Amitabh Chowdhary).

“I had relented regarding the decision only because things had turned ugly and I did not want the competent and hard-working officials of the BCCI to bear the brunt and to avoid any controversy during the ceremony after the great work done by the IPL team in putting up such a good show, I relented as I was told that the General was not eager to give the trophy,” Edulji stated.

“I was surprised at this discussion being made public with only selective facts. With regard to a certain official who provided this half-baked information and making a mountain out of a mole hill looks to be the case of insecure and incompetent people.”

In response, Khanna said he had “no comment” to offer.

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