The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) press release to inform the media about Mumbai Ranji Trophy player Hiken Shah’s suspension was meant to project transparency in the matter, but the rulers of the game did not provide the complete story.
For example, there were no details as to what Shah’s so-called "corrupt approach" was to one of his colleagues from first-class cricket, who is also a member of one of the IPL teams."
Sure, the media receive more press releases nowadays, ever since the powerbase shifted from Chennai to New Delhi, but in this case, there would be no harm if the BCCI elaborated on Shah’s misdemeanor.
There is a statement from the Honorary Secretary Anurag Thakur which reads, "this particular incident demonstrates that BCCI’s education policy against corruption is showing results, as the player approached was vigilant enough to report the matter to the ACU of the BCCI." But what stopped the cricket bosses from mentioning the name of the player approached or his franchise?
The media had no option but to assume it is Pravin Tambe whose name was doing the rounds as the approached player.
Indeed, the BCCI need to get better when it comes to providing adequate information to the media. Sadly, "adequate" information seems to be akin to opening a can of worms.
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