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'ICL commercial venture? so is BCCI'

In a sharp letter to BCCI President Sharad Pawar, Singh says it is the right time for the BCCI "to do some introspection" and he also sought a reform.

cricket Updated: Aug 26, 2007 15:01 IST

If Indian Cricket League is an "out and out" commercial venture, so is BCCI and it's time for a reform in the Cricket Board to allow former players and lovers of the game to run the administration, says Congress leader Digvijay Singh.

In a sharp letter to BCCI President Sharad Pawar, his second since the BCCI-ICL tussle broke out, Singh said it was the right time for the BCCI "to do some introspection" and he also sought a reform.

"The stranglehold which some people in the BCCI bureaucracy have established is something which has to be looked into. In this age of transparency and reforms, don't you think that BCCI also needs a reform where new people who love cricket and who have played for India are allowed to participate in the functioning of the highest body of cricket?" he asked Pawar.

Singh also rubbished the argument put forward by BCCI top brass that ICL was 'out and out' a commercial venture and questioned how could the Board claim to be different.

"Hasn't BCCI also become a commercial venture that is earning millions by allowing multi-nationals to use their logos on players' outfit? In fact, it has earned more millions than trophies," he said.