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Kirti Azad, former player and selector: There is no professionalism or accountability in the BCCI. Still, it is a very rich organisation… probably the richest NGO in the country, but grossly mismanaged.
Can you imagine, the Boardhas 30-odd affiliated units and many don’t play? Cricket Club of India (CCI) doesn’t have a team but has a vote, while Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are yet to be affiliated.
Chetan Chauhan, former player and selector: There is a need for professionalism in the Board. Take the coaches issue. They could have simply avoided embarrassment by seeking applications much before Greg Chappell’s tenure came to an end. That would have given them ample time to take a decision.
Then, I feel tours should be properly planned so that players get adequate rest. I agree it is the ICC’s decision but the BCCI can certainly push its case with the world body.
Raj Singh Dungarpur, former BCCI president: Ever since Sharad Pawar took over, he has tried to streamline the Board’s working. Still, a lot needs to be done in terms of professionalism. The biggest hurdle standing in the way of change is vote politics. The administration should be free from the politics of voting and former cricketers, who can be good administrators, should be hired.
The Board should follow the Australian style of functioning. Not without reason are the Australians the best in the business since 1877. They have a procedure whereby a kid excelling at the village level can easily find his way into the state team.
Madan Lal, former player, selector and coach: The state associations need to have a vision, because if the state associations fail to produce good cricketers, then the BCCI cannot do much.
Here I must also say that the national team is not a place to provide experience or exposure to a junior cricketer. It’s the place where the players need to perform. To improve the quality of cricket, state associations should hire professional cricketers.
Balwinder Singh Sandhu, former player and coach: I think India have a good talent pool but nothing much is being done to develop it. That is where the Board should implement a project.
(As told to Anam Arsalan)