When everything else fails in life, there is God. In Indian cricket’s case, when all forces couldn’t get the Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan off his seat (except for a temporary, token period last year), the Supreme Court has now forced him to step aside to facilitate its probe into the Indian Premier League mess.
To many cricket lovers, March 25, 2014 will be a landmark day in Indian cricket. These enthusiasts are not jealous of Srinivasan’s clout; they don’t even know him enough to harbour such feelings. But they want to see the game set right. Stepping down until the probe is over, in what is clearly the ugliest controversy in Indian cricket would have only been right and in tune with the corporate way of doing things which, as an industrialist, Srinivasan is familiar with. Yet, he gave the impression that running the BCCI was as dear to him as ruling his family.
It can be recalled that the BCCI was quick to suspend S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila pending enquiry when the spot-fixing scandal broke out last May. In the light of this action, it was farcical when Srinivasan continued to call the shots when the name of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan cropped up. In fact, the Srinivasan-powered Chennai Super Kings said in a statement that Meiyappan was not a team official but a mere enthusiast.
That Srinivasan is viewed as arrogant by nature cannot be helped, but he cannot carry that arrogance into the running of the game that this country looks up to for sheer joy in the midst of their daily drudgery.
If one looks at the broader picture, the BCCI has failed to bowl to their field as it were. That the other pillars of the Board were powerless in convincing him to walk away before the umpire ruled him out is a slap in the face of this gentleman’s game. Sportsmanship shouldn’t be restricted to the playing arena.
Indian cricket administration is begging to be cleansed. The Supreme Court may have just delivered the first set of brooms.