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IPL Verdict Fallout Board Of Cosy Club Of India (BCCI) Lets Fans Down Again

Updated: August 7, 2015 6:40 am

The outcome of the IPL Governing Council meeting suggests that there is little stomach for decisions that will serve as a harsh example to future wrongdoer. Voices within the body asking for firm action were sidelined and instead another committee has been formed

The structure of IPL may be a great concept, there’s no denying that. It has thrown up raw cricketing talent in the country at the national level. It has made it viable for player also. Earlier, we used to rely on Services, Railway, Nirlon—do you remember Gavaskar used to play for Nirlon to support players? Today, the players are able to support themselves. So, as a structure, as a concept, it is absolutely wonderful.

What’s gone wrong is the greed of people in control to be deriving personal benefits out of it. There is no reason why the accounts of IPL or the accounts of BCCI should not be available for public scrutiny. The genesis of the mess is because you are not open to scrutiny.

After a strong indictment by the Mudgal and Lodha committees, logic again demanded that the BCCI come to its senses. It’s practical to beat a tactical retreat in the face of obvious exposure and universal condemnation. But it is increasingly clear that logic has little to do with the running of this old boys’ club. Instead, it seems to be a long-drawn game of cat and mouse, wherein fan can squirm as much as they want, while the fat cats of the BCCI look out for each other and maintain the status quo.

The outcome of the IPL Governing Council meeting suggests that there is little stomach for decisions that will serve as a harsh example to future wrongdoer. Voices within the body asking for firm action were sidelined and instead another committee has been formed. So, a smaller bunch of guys from the same group will now submit a report after six weeks. It is difficult to swallow IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla’s assertion that this outcome is not just a delaying tactic.

Further, even as the BCCI is fine with forever banning Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan, isn’t it even a wee bit curious about how these two got the information that fuelled their bets? A team owner and despite all the ‘Meiyappan is an enthusiast’ rubbish, the Lodha committee at least established that both Meiyappan and Kundra were involved in betting and spot fixing.

These guys had to be getting information from the players.

Isn’t it pertinent to figure just who was the source?

Then, a captain stands exposed. Didn’t MS Dhoni agree with a host of other Chennai Super Kings officials deposing to the Mudgal Committee that Meyiappan is just an enthusiast? The captain of the Indian cricket team is a major stakeholder in the faith and trust fans have in the team. This trust has been violated. Dhoni’s conduct must be censured.

Conflict of interest

The conspiracy runs deep with multitude conflict of interest issues. And former players who love to give their opinion in all matters cricket are curiously silent on the issue. After all, the BCCI decides who will commentate on TV and these guys are far too enamoured by the mega bucks to say anything that may upset their cosy little arrangement. Nothing is more disconcerting than the deafening silence of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and even the usually outspoken Kapil Dev.

One fears Indian cricket does not have the will to clear its much-littered house. The proceedings of the IPL Governing Council just go to show that the only hope of a broom finding all the junk in this body rest with the SC-appointed committee looking into the mess. Self censorship seems to be a lost cause. Despite the Mudgal committee’s severe censorship of IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman, this man was still present on the GC meeting.

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Youngster’s future in Jeopardy

It’s the future of young players in Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals that will be in peril following the ruling of the Lodha committee. The youngsters of both these teams will be facing a lot of uncertainty over their future following the two-year suspension handed down to these two franchises by the Lodha committee.

It is very sad that there is a question mark on the future of the youngsters. Players like Sanju Samson, who showed a lot of promise and talent, will be the biggest losers.

One supports the Lodha committee’s recommendations, but the real sufferers will be the young players in these two teams. For, the two franchises cannot take part in the IPL for a period of two years under the current ownership. The committee also said that it had thought about the fate of the players involved but decided on a severe punishment for the greater good of the game.

New Twist to IPL verdict

The Patiala House Court’s decision to exonerate S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila of charges of involvement with bookies and spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), 2013 is a huge embarrassment for the Delhi Police which acted in haste and registered cases of serious offences against the Rajasthan Royals trio. For over two years, the three cricketers remained in the wilderness and were unable to paly the game. Though, even after the verdict the Indian Cricket Board (Board of Control for Cricket in India) said it was in no hurry to lift the life ban on the trio. Just imagine, in a vast country like ours which has been getting tougher and tougher while dealing with those involved in rape and other heinous crimes, none has thought it right in all these years to frame laws to deal with sporting cheats. In sport as in life, honesty is something which can be talked about and discussed at various platforms. “Let sporting laws come into play and then see how those involved in illegal betting rackets face the music,” says a cricket enthusiast. He makes sense.

By Sanjay K Bissoyi

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