Former India all-rounder and chairman of selectors, Chandu Borde, felt BCCI missed a golden opportunity. “The image of BCCI has taken a hit. It was evident from the fact that the three members had conflict of interest issues. There was a clear opportunity to make a fair decision. The SC has rightly turned them down,” Borde said.
Former India skipper, Ajit Wadekar felt the focus has turned to BCCI’s power struggle rather than on a clean-up of corruption in the game. “All we see nowadays is BCCI trying to control the damage to their administrators. The focus of cleaning the mess is far from the mind,” Wadekar said.
“The opportunity was apparent, the Board officials could have appointed a fair, non-partisan committee, but that has not been the case and it is clearly not good for the Board’s image.”
Former India pace bowler and 1983 World Cup hero, Madan Lal, too echoed those sentiments. “After months of dilly-dallying, the moment had arrived for the Board to take a firm stand, but again it missed a trick. A positive move here could have doused many fires and sent a positive message to the cricket fans,” he said.
The former India coach though is still positive. He feels the Supreme Court’s investigation could flush out the dirt. “We need to be optimistic.”