The Indian cricket board is a place for the “sharing of spoils”, a retired judge entrusted with the job of cleaning up the sport said on Saturday.
The stinging comment by retired judge Mukul Mudgal was supported by three international cricketers during a session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.
Mudgal is leading a four-member panel probing corruption in the world’s richest cricket body following allegations of spot fixing in the 2013 version of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The scandal had forced N Srinivasan to step down as BCCI president after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was found guilty of betting.
“Total monopoly sometimes brings in evil,” Mudgal said in reference to the BCCI’s dominance in the cricketing world because of its rich coffers.
Former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi said the first word that comes to mind when BCCI is mentioned is “incorrigible” while former Australia captain Ian Chappell called the cricket body a “bully”.
The cricketers including former India Test cap Gautam Gambhir agreed that new BCCI regime has shown signs of cleaning up the tainted board.
However, each had their own view when asked about the one key quality they wanted administrators should have. While Bedi and Gambhir were for accountability and honesty respectively, Mudgal said it had be capability.
Chappel, considered one of the sharpest cricketing brains, however had more than one word. “Just do their job.”
Amid calls from the audience for de-linking politics from sports, Mudgal said: “A cap on age and tenure for administrators as envisaged in the sports bill should be implemented in all sports bodies including the BCCI.”
The BCCI needs to be fixed and only then the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s world governing body, can function properly, said Bedi about the current scenario where ICC is called the “voice” while BCCI is referred to as the “invoice” of cricket.