Despite the Indian Premier League 2017 nearing its business end, it was the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s administrative issues that eclipsed the on-field action in newspapers on Wednesday (May 10). While the Pakistan Cricket Board’s claim of the BCCI’s alleged breach of MoU dominated headlines, there was also news of Cricket South Africa arm-twisting the Indian board for the Boxing Day Test.

Meanwhile, Giles Clarke is gearing up for the International Cricket Council top job, and Joe Root is determined to fight for his place in England’s Twenty20 International side.

BCCI retains Sanjay Bangar, R Sridhar for ICC Champions Trophy (The Indian Express)

“It is decided that the support staff will remain the same at the Champions Trophy with the only change being Kapil Malhotra taking over as manager. Bangar and Sridhar have been asked to extend their services for the duration of the tournament and then it will be decided what needs to be done,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary told The Indian Express. The committee of administrators (COA) has spoken about bringing in annual contracts for all BCCI-appointed coaches, which will also mean they can’t be linked with an IPL franchise from next season.

CoA invites Manohar for IPL final (The Times of India)

Having advised BCCI to adopt a conciliatory approach in its dealings with the International Cricket Council (ICC) following a row over revenue sharing, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has now extended an invitation to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to attend the Indian Premier League final in Hyderabad on May 21. This is seen as a move to build bridges with Manohar after BCCI suffered a huge setback at the ICC Board Meeting last month, losing the vote over the finance model by a 9-1 margin. With ICC’s offer of an additional $100 million to BCCI still open, the move may lead both BCCI and Manohar to initiate the negotiations once again. “The invitation has gone to Shashank Manohar on Tuesday . This is a good opportunity for the board officials to sit across the table and sort out all the differences with ICC in terms of finance and governance models,“ a source told TOI.

Call wrongly, and it will be back to the future (The Hindu)

What is disturbing here is that grown men, dedicated to serving the game, have to be told right from wrong on important issues. Lodha should have insisted on an Ethics Committee for the board.

There are two kinds of normalcy ahead — one as defined by the BCCI, and the other by the Supreme Court. It seems more effort has gone towards the first than the second.

Ben Stokes fires IPL v England debate with searing all-round T20 form (The Guardian)

The odd thing is, it seems almost everyone accepts that this is just the way of the game now. It’s how cricket works in 2017. So most of the debate after the England match has been about whether or not Jonny Bairstow will be able to force his way into the first XI for the Champions Trophy. Strauss made his decision back in February. And though he did not actually come out and say it, his argument was that Stokes, Woakes and Buttler would gain more from playing in India than they would in two matches against Ireland. And, like almost everyone who plays in the IPL, Stokes has been keen to stress how much he’s learned from the experience. His bowling, he says, has come on in leaps since he started working with Pune’s specialist coach, Eric Simons.

Don’t see any point in T20 Internationals, says Johnson (The Hindu)

I don’t see any point of International T20s. Maybe a World Cup. The (T20) games are either scheduled at the start or end of a series. What they are starting to do is split the teams. I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Are you getting the best teams? Are you getting the best players? I just think you’ve got to play your best players. The standard has to be good.

PCB sought ICC help, now seeking damages from India (The Times of India)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which has sought damages and compensation to the tune of Rs 447 crore from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play six bilateral series between 2014 and 2023, has been in several discussions with the game’s governing body for `special funding’ to sustain itself financially.

BCCI not worried by PCB’s compensation claim (The New Indian Express)

“Since there is no question of compensation, we expect PCB to approach the ICC’s dispute addressal committee. For us also, it will become easier to explain why we can’t play Pakistan in the current political scenario. It’s better if we can say these at a legal forum.”

BCCI CEO `ignores’ SA’s Boxing Day bargain (The Times of India)

Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive at Cricket South Africa (CSA), wrote a letter to Rahul Johri, the CEO at BCCI, “requesting“ the latter to confirm India’s tour of South Africa starting with the Boxing Day Test later this year, following which he would agree to South African cricketers continuing to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Johri confirmed receiving the communication from Lorgat and added that he had chosen to “ignore“ the request. “I didn’t even bother to communicate. We will communicate when the time is right,“ Johri told TOI.

Giles Clarke ready to take on the most powerful job in cricket (The Telegraph, UK)

Giles Clarke is poised for a tilt at the most powerful job in cricket, and finally realise his long-held ambition of becoming chairman of the International Cricket Council, if the position becomes vacant this week.

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 can reveal the current holder, Shashank Manohar, has been given until Thursday to confirm if he intends to see out his full term in office, which is due to end in June 2018.

Joe Root ready to fight for Twenty20 place as England consider easing new Test captain out of shortest format (Daily Mail)

Talk of leaving Root out of the Twenty20 side may feel counter-intuitive. He is currently ranked fourth in the world in the format, while the only other England batsman in the top 10 is Alex Hales, whose 20-over place is also under threat. But such is the glut of six-hitting batsmen in the English game right now that the management are keen to stack their top order with brute strength. Both Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are keen to open in the format.

Playing for ‘Our Own,’ Afghanistan’s Cricket Stars Return Home as Heroes (The New York Times)

At his small fast-food and sweets shop in the Macroyan neighborhood of Kabul, Sediqullah Khan is glued to his 32-inch Samsung television. He usually closes shop by 9 p.m., but on a recent Wednesday night he was waiting for the game to finish.

“I didn’t know what the Indian Premier League was before this, but now I watch because Nabi and Rashid are playing — I have not missed a single game,” Mr. Khan said. “I have a TV at home also, but it’s not this big and I can’t watch in this good quality.”