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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Cricket

BCCI lost chance to set things right, say ex-players
Kushal Phatarpekar , Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 23, 2014
First Published: 00:26 IST(23/4/2014)
Last Updated: 00:29 IST(23/4/2014)

The Supreme Court rejecting the three-member inquiry panel proposed by the BCCI on Tuesday to probe the spot-fixing scandal has shown the sports body in an even more poor light.

The court’s direction allowing the Board to form its own panel was seen as an opportunity to show the right intent to clean up the mess that has enveloped the sport in the country. The BCCI’s choice of members instead seemed more an attempt to cover its tracks, the cricket fraternity felt.

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.”


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