It is credibility crisis time for cricket once again as the spotlight has turned to match-fixing. The Supreme Court on Friday, decided to make public the Mudgal committee report that investigated allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the highly controversial 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The report referred to sidelined BCCI President N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, and two others. The others named are BCCI official Sundar Raman and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra. The court says that the report will be given to these four people, as well as to the BCCI and the petitioner, Cricket Association of Bihar.
The court has for now, held back the names of the players named in the report.
Now, as the parties have to file their objections within four days of receipt of the report, the common man, the cricket follower, who is the lifeblood of the game, is confused once again. One had hoped that the court would elaborate further on the issue. It is also confusing as to why the players’ names have been withheld as of now.
One can only hope that this leads to a real clean-up of the game. In the past too, we have lost the opportunity to seize the moment and use an iron will to clean up the game. Cricket followers feel that several panels and inquiries have been set up, names crop up, some reports are released but after a while everything fizzles out.
The result is that even while there is a huge following, frustration and cynicism has crept in for the cricket fan. This should now propel complete action and there should be great transparency about the people involved.
Let the fan know what is going on, instead of creating a complex web of accusations and counter claims, which finally lead to nothing. The revelations have been a bit thin and disappointing, as nothing further has been said.
A complete purge is needed and cricket has to begin on some kind of clean slate. It is only with such measures that one can reclaim the faith of the cricket aficionado.
With the cricket World Cup less than three months away, this is more important than ever.