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BCCI must embrace basic transparency

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) autonomy does not give them the license to deprive stakeholders of the game from vital information.

Yesterday, the national selectors picked teams for the ODI series in Bangladesh and the Test tour to England. The Media Release that was sent out by the BCCI only listed members of the two teams without any explanation given for the second string team to Bangladesh.

Vital issues must go on record
Sure, the media has reported over the last few days that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli would be rested. But shouldn’t the BCCI place such an important matter on record? This is tantamount to disrespect and arrogance.

According to unconfirmed media reports, Mumbai’s Rohit Sharma was to lead the team to Bangladesh, but Suresh Raina took Dhoni’s place. So has Sharma been rested along with regular captain and Virat Kohli? We can only presume because BCCI doesn’t tell us so.

The biggest mystery of yesterday’s selection is not the selection of Stuart Binny in both teams by a committee that comprises his father Roger, but the fact that the teams don’t have a vice-captain.

This is not the first time the powers that be have refrained from naming a deputy, but if Dhoni wants to keep his vice-captaincy option open, the BCCI should say so.

Chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil’s lips have been zipped for far too long. An occasional, short media briefing after selecting the team for a big tour like England will not to do the BCCI’s image any harm. In fact, it will prove to be a boost.

More transparency needed
This newspaper has always batted for more transparency from the BCCI. We will continue to expect explanations for notable exclusions, inclusions and cases of resting.

The establishment needs to be reminded that Dhoni & Co represent India in the entire sphere of international cricket. With pride must come basic transparency!

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