BCCI must opt for reform
Apropos of the report “BCCI fears huge loss if Lodha panel recommendations implemented” (FE, October 3), it is ironical that the Board is offering such self-serving justifications for not implementing the recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed RM Lodha committee, especially the one on the timing of its cash-cow cricketing event, the Indian Premier League (IPL). By the way, which loss is BCCI boss Anurag Thakur talking about here? One really wonders whether the BCCI was originally constituted for the promotion of the game of cricket or for making massive profits like any other private commercial organisation? His plea of paying money to the past cricketers through exclusive commercial operations like IPL does not hold any water. Why is the world’s richest cricket body not giving money out of the massive earnings it makes during the course of various international cricketing tournaments? Mind you, it is not Indian cricket that is going to lose, but the real losers here could be Thakur & co. Incidentally, one question arises here: Why are the BCCI’s top brass always opposed to any move to bring it under the RTI Act? If it really is such a holy cow, what was the need for the Supreme Court to intervene in its working? Why does the BCCI never talk about improving the standards of the selection of our cricket-players for international matches at home or abroad? Why are some non-performing cricketers (NPCs) favoured in the current team despite their worrisome performance? These are some of the questions that the Board and its chairman need to ponder over. Otheriwse, hope for clean cricket in India is lost.