The Indian cricket board not only needs a thorough clean-up, it also needs honest introspection. How will this happen? Board members spending most of the Annual General Body meeting on September 29, dwelling on how things went terribly wrong? That is difficult to imagine.
A good doctor’s prescription as it were, could be a review which Australian cricket initiated recently in order to get their cricket back on track. Australian cricket may not be as it ought to be on the field of play, but at least Cricket Australia assured their fans that they are serious about a revival through the Argus review.
In India, it is the reverse: The players are giving their country a good name, but the administrators are being portrayed as undemocratic and arrogant. Current BCCI president N Srinivasan should be looking at improving the Board’s image, but he still bats like a stubborn, adhesive batsman who is running short of balls to reach the victory target in the knowledge that he will still retain his place in the team. Whether Srinivasan cares about how he will be remembered is his business, but his term as president must coincide with change, acceptance and action. No one expects India’s cricketing czars to allow themselves to be run over by other Boards in the power lobby, but cricket, at all times, must be treated as a game.
When an important Test series is put in jeopardy; when a home series that coincides with Sachin Tendulkar’s 199th and 200th Test is organised out of the blue, that’s when cricket doesn’t appear to be a sport.
And after the Mumbai police’s chargesheet on the IPL spot fixing controversy, Indian cricket sure looks like an emperor caught with his pants down.