BCCI's clean-up plan post spot fixing scandal yet to take off

Aug 29, 2013, 09:35 IST | A Correspondent

Indian cricket board bigwigs still to act on decisions taken to clean up the rot in the game

Indian cricket’s clean-up post the spot fixing scandal is not even a work in progress. A report on the inaction was published in ESPN Cricinfo who quoted Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel as saying, “we are still in the process to act upon the decisions. Hopefully, it will be done soon.”

Interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya

The report said: “Three months after announcing a plethora of measures to clean up the game, the BCCI’s ambitious plan is yet to take off and is unlikely to make any progress till the board’s AGM at the end of September.

“While the BCCI has not offered any explanation for the delay in implementation of the plan announced in the wake of the IPL corruption scandal, it is understood to be a victim of the current leadership crisis in the board.” The website added: “The decisions were announced in two phases. On May 19, four days after three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested on charges of spot-fixing in the IPL, BCCI president N Srinivasan announced the board’s decision to get players’ agents accredited.

“That was followed, on June 10, by Jagmohan Dalmiya, the board’s acting president, unveiling what he called ‘operation clean-up’, which aimed to curb corruption and remove “sleaze” in the IPL by enforcing a strict code of conduct.

“It included a requirement for players to reveal sources of their earnings, and for IPL team owners to furnish details of payments and their contractual obligations with players and support staff.”

Dalmiya’s quote in the report highlights the incomplete work: “All the procedures about implementation of operation clean-up and player agents accreditation are being discussed. We will let you know once there is an update.” 

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