The government must bat for cricket
Time to draw the stumps (Chanakya, June 2) is right in stating that domestic cricketers are paid far less than their international counterparts, and thus are easier prey to lurking bookies, as was seen in the recent spot-fixing scandal. It is a fact that zone-level players are not taken care of properly though many of them later make it to the national side. Not much is known about what happens during the BCCI meetings and it is alleged that many irregularities take place, thus not giving deserving players a chance. The BCCI president is free to modify the rules thereby tilting the balance in his favour. If cricket is to improve in India, it is important for the sports ministry to dismiss the BCCI and make sure that there is a proper system that gives players from the grassroots a fair chance at coming up in the game.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Not playing by the rules anymore
Manas Chakravarty in A league of messages (Loose Canon, June 2) rightly highlights that the reputation of cricket has suffered a body blow. The fixing scandals, franchisee involvement and Bollywood connections have added to the BCCI's woes and cricket fans are hurt. The whole episode has badly tarnished the spirit of the game. It is sad that the names of reputed players have surfaced during the churning in this cricket cesspool. When the BCCI president himself is involved in irregularities, what can one expect from the players?
Satyajeet Singh, via email
Spot-fixing in the domestic T20 league is not a new phenomenon and it is not likely to stop with this season. The league is a commercial venture with everyone involved focused on making money. Charges of betting and match-fixing are inevitable when large amounts of money are at stake. These allegations will continue unless strict measures are taken to penalise the people involved in the racket. Players involved in fixing must be handed a life ban and no politician should be associated with the BCCI. Legalising betting is not the right step.
Mahesh Kapasi, via email
A sorry state of affairs
With reference to Karan Thapar's article The price of justice (Sunday Sentiments, June 2), what happened to Vijay Kumari is painful and reflects a sorry state of affairs. Justice is still an illusion for millions of poor people in the country as the judiciary moves at a snail's pace and there is total apathy on the part of the officers concerned. Unless the system is overhauled such violations will continue.
Anchit Mathur, Delhi
Inaction helps Maoists thrive
Sudeep Chakravarti in Naxalism in India - thriving or surviving? (Focus, June 2) is right in mentioning that the attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh has raised questions about India's internal conflict. There is a lack of political will to solve this problem though Naxals are confined to a limited area with most of their top leaders killed in the recent past.
SK Ahuja, via email
The May 25 attack by Maoists on a Congress convoy is condemnable. Whatever the grouse against the government, killing civilians cannot be justified. It is imperative that the Centre supplement the efforts of the states and not just blame them. It is difficult to understand why Naxalism cannot be eliminated. Why can't the Centre mediate between the state and the extremists groups and look for an amicable solution?
Gautam Chandra, via email
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