The Board of Control for Cricket in India is accused of muscling their way to get former leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan into the International Cricket Council’s prestigious Cricket Committee as a players’ representative. The players’ body for South Africa is not happy and so is Australia’s. The committee has Anil Kumble as its head and Ravi Shastri as a media representative, so Chennai-based, India Cements employee Sivaramakrishnan becomes the third Indian on the panel.
Sivaramakrishnan edged out Tim May, the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), an organisation which doesn’t receive Christmas cards from the BCCI. There’s nothing new in the BCCI’s accusation.
The power BCCI wields is not healthy for world cricket and shows the other boards in poor light. While their Indian counterparts have cashed in on the country’s cricket mania, the others have failed to do so. Hence, the dependence on India.
Chances of BCCI supporters in the corridors of world cricket not continuing to be weak are as slim as Bangladesh winning the next World Cup. South Africa and Australia don’t seem to be heading for victory in the power game.
Gaining and losing support has been part of the cricket administrative potpourri for years and it must not be forgotten how England and Australia dominated in the past.
It is going to be a grin-and-bear-it situation for some boards. India will continue to dominate unless of course the economy is paralysed.
Australia and South Africa shouldn’t be complaining because they are allies of the BCCI where the Champions League Twenty20 tournament is concerned.
This year too the tournament will be held in India and the BCCI is not the only cricket establishment to gain through cricketainment.