Hit by #MeToo storm, Rahul Johri must skip ICC meeting

HYDERABAD: Facing accusations of sexual harassment, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was forced Sunday to withdraw from an ICC meeting in Singapore after the Committee of Directors rejected his request to give more of time to explain the charges.

Acting Secretary of BCCI, Amitabh Chaudhary, will represent the Council at the meeting to be held in Singapore from October 16 to 19, said Vinod Rai, President of CoA.

"Rahul had asked for 14 days for a detailed explanation since he had indicated that he was working with his legal team and that he would attend the ICC meeting from October 16 to 19 in Singapore", said Rai.

"But I clearly told Rahul that I could not let this matter simmer for 14 days because the BCCI office would be affected." Since he wants to sit down with his lawyers now, I allowed him to be exempted from the ICC meeting, "he added.

Chaudhary is already there in Singapore.

In fact, the purpose of the convention was for BCCI secretaries to attend ICC meetings prior to the creation of the post of Director General.

The allegations against Johri were made by an unknown person, who claimed to be his colleague during his visit to Discovery Channel.

The anonymous account was posted on Twitter by Harnidh Kaur, an author, who later stated that she did not want the charges to be published or her name used in context.

Johri, who has not yet reacted to the accusation, held various positions with the Discovery Channel from 2001 to 2016 before taking over as CEO of BCCI.

Considered to be in his late 40s, he became the first CEO of the cricket organization after a redesign of his administrative structure, as recommended by the Lodha Committee. A veteran media veteran before joining BCCI, Johri has been involved in South Asia's Discovery operations for 15 years.

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