New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday strongly opposed the move by the Union Sports Ministry to bring the national cricket board under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The cricket board's vice president Rajeev Shukla said the BCCI is not keen on the move of coming under the RTI and also refused to comment on the details of the new sports bill.

Shukla added that the organisations that take government grants should come under the act and not the BCCI.

However, top government sources say it’s an act to control cricket in India.

The new sports bill, which was prepared after receiving comments and suggestions from various stakeholders and the public, seeks to have BCCI as National Sports Federation (NSF) and wants it to function as a "public authority" and "comply with the requirements specified in the Right to Information Act".

If BCCI becomes an NSF, it would be bound to provide information under the RTI and would also be forced to follow the anti-doping rules as specified by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

However, several MPs and former cricketers have backed the move saying that the BCCI should be more transparent and should set an example for others to follow.

Former cricketers Arun Lal and Kapil Dev supported the Bill, saying there was absolutely nothing wrong in BCCI coming under RTI.
Lok Sabha MP Sharad Yadav had asked for more transparency in the functioning of the cricket board while BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad and RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav had also expressed similar views putting their weight behind the proposal.

The sports bill to be discussed by the Cabinet on Tuesday would introduce a regulatory regime on all national sports federations and BCCI will have to adhere to the norms and regulations of the bill.

(JPN/Agencies)