The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) don’t seem to be giving fair play a good name while tackling the biggest crisis in the history of cricket administration.
As promised by BCCI president N Srinivasan at Sunday’s media briefing, the BCCI announced a probe panel to look into the irregularities of both Chennai Super Kings as well as Rajasthan Royals, whose players, S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were picked up by Delhi police. Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Gurunath Meiyappan, who not long ago was Chennai Super Kings’ Team Principal is still under arrest.
The three-member panel includes T Jayaram Chouta, former judge of the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu High Courts and R Balasubramanian, former judge of the Tamil Nadu HC and Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary who hails from Indore.
At a time when the BCCI must make all efforts to appear spotless in their effort to cure cricket’s biggest ill, they have appointed two legal experts who have a connection to Tamil Nadu, the state Srinivasan hails from. Isn’t this paving a platform for tongues to wag again? There is nothing to suggest that the two gentlemen will be biased in their probe, but the Tamil Nadu connection jars and this doesn’t appear right when accusations of conflict of interests and familiarity are flowing like a vicious waterfall.
The presence of Jagdale in the committee also appears warped because Jagdale, despite being the secretary of the BCCI is not known for his problem-tackling skills. He is a former first-class cricket and he contributes the best on pure cricketing matters. The inclusion of former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar would have added more credibility to the probe because Nagpur-based Manohar knows how the institution runs and importantly, he is a distinguished legal expert who disassociated himself from cricket when his term ended.
BCCI continues to provide their critics with more ammunition and any hope of increasing their list of supporters is now negligible.