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Coaches’ appointment drama shows why BCCI is on a shaky wicket

Indian cricket team’s chief coach Ravi Shastri has got the personnel of his choice till 2019. But the rot in the board only appears to be deepening. And so is its opaque nature of administration.

editorials Updated: Jul 19, 2017 15:41 IST
Hindustan Times
Ravi Shastri,Bharat Arun,Sanjay Bangar
India’s new chief coach Ravi Shastri . With the Committee of Administrators and the cricket advisory committee working at cross-purposes, the rot in the BCCI appears to be deepening.(Getty Images)

With head-coach Ravi Shastri getting the personnel he wanted till the 2019 World Cup, the suspense surrounding the appointment of the Indian team’s coach and support staff appears to have ended. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ignored the recommendations of the advisory committee of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman which wanted to hire Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid as bowling coach and overseas batting consultant respectively. It also added a few riders that are likely to make Khan and Dravid reluctant to take up the assignment. The two won’t be travelling with the team for overseas tours. How much value can a consultant ostensibly hired to give you tips on batting in alien conditions impart on India’s infamous flat wickets is anybody’s guess.

One year after a Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India asked the Lodha Committee’s proposals seeking greater transparency in its functioning in the wake of corruption charges and match-fixing scandals to be implemented within six months, there appears to be little movement on the ground.

The Lodha Panel had recommended drastically altering the power structure in the board. It sought to change the BCCI’s electorate to one association per state. Earlier, in its attempts to reform the country’s richest sporting body, the Supreme Court had decided that a new set of administrators supersede the BCCI office-bearers and earlier this year, even sacked BCCI chief Anurag Thakur. The apex court put in place a four-member panel headed by former comptroller and auditor general of India Vinod Rai. Still, as the mismanagement in the appointment of coaches shows, the Committee of Administrators and the cricket advisory committee appear to be working at cross-purposes. The rot in the board only appears to be deepening. And so is its opaque nature of administration. Whether it is efficiency, transparency, or ethics, the BCCI is on a shaky wicket.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 15:39 IST