The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did well to include former greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in an advisory committee to take Indian cricket forward.
However, it’s not a perfect selection with Anil Kumble not being part of the panel. The reason for leaving Kumble out could be because he heads the BCCI technical committee. That argument is not justified because this critical committee should have been well-rounded if it is going to suggest to the BCCI what needs to be done to make Indian cricket stronger in every sense. In short, with due respects to the achievements of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman, this committee is imbalanced!
Kumble has been India’s greatest match-winner in recent years and knows quite a bit of player-mentoring as well. It’s never too late to bring him in. To say that his presence in the technical committee is sufficient would be defensive.
It’s also a time when India have to seriously worry about their spin stocks and Kumble could have come in handy to suggest a few measures for India to be at the top of their game in an area which they have been traditionally strong in. Champion spinners cannot be produced overnight, but the process should start and here is where Kumble’s views would have been peerless.
It is also hoped that the trio will recommend to the BCCI that they need to look at the Twenty20 form of the game. The Indian Premier League is a great product and is rightly hailed by the world. But is this fad chipping away at the importance of the longer version of the game? It’s something worth deliberating on even though Tendulkar and Laxman are associated with IPL teams. The importance of first-class cricket can never be under-stated and too much of Twenty20 could affect development.
At the end of the day, formation of committees is only the ignition key. Choosing the right path will be defining aspect of this exciting journey.