BCCI is a bully, says Ian Chappell

New Delhi: There are far too many politicians in the BCCI and cutting back on some of them might help it become more professional, according to former Australia captain Ian Chappell who said it is important for the Board to put in place a good team to restore its credibility.

Ian Chappell in New Delhi on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Ian Chappell in New Delhi on Saturday. Pic/PTI

'Too many politicians'
"BCCI has got way too many politicians involved. Cutting back on them isn't a bad start," said Chappell at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here on Saturday.

Besides Chappell, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi, opener Gautam Gambhir and Justice Mukul Mudgal were also a part of the panel discussion, where all the panelists demanded more accountability, transparency and honesty from the BCCI.

Chappell termed the Indian Board as a "bully" when asked to describe it in one word and said that it actually bullies other Boards to fall in its line. Citing the example of the Decision Review System, Chappell said there should be similar rules for every cricket playing nation but India never uses it in bilateral series.

"India has a lot of power now, but with power comes responsibility. I don't trust the DRS either and I think it is a rubbish system. But that is beside the point. Either every one has to use it or not use it," he insisted. Bedi rated BCCI zero on a scale of 1 to 10 as far as BCCI's professionalism is concern.

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