By not resigning while an enquiry is pending, the Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan has landed a tight slap on the very sport he represents. Cricket is a game where you can walk back to the pavilion even before the umpire declares you out. Obviously, Srinivasan is no walker. Nor is he a great talker, going by his insipid, I-stick-to-my-guns, press conference held in Kolkata. The fact that the BCCI chief is not a true believer in accountability when it comes to his own position is well established by the fact that he didn’t deem it important to release a statement when son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was being hunted down by the police. In fact, his firm India Cements sent out a media release to stress their point of him not being a Chennai Super Kings Team Principal.
Sure, Srinivasan enjoys a lot of support from his Board members, but he refused to look at the moral side of the issue. All this probably vindicates Sahara Group chairman Subrata Roy who reckoned a few days ago that the BCCI should have sportsmanship spirit. It is a shame that not one state association head has come on record to say that our cricket is in trouble and we need to come together, face tough questions, take unpopular calls and clear the debris. Even politicians do better than our cricket Czars.
Whether the team officials and Chennai Super Kings players are involved in hanky-panky or not, Srinivasan ought to have announced a probe into his team, like he did with Rajasthan Royals (RR). While RR have three of their players in police custody, Chennai Super Kings have their key official under supervision.
Srinivasan said at the media briefing that he has performed well as BCCI head honcho. Now, isn’t that something for the public and your fellow administrators to judge, Sir?