It is unfortunate that Indian cricket has become famous for the wrong reasons (“Too little, too late,” June 4). Lack of transparency in the BCCI and the allegations involving the Indian Premier League are of alarming proportions. We hope against all odds that things will improve under the leadership of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Cricket lovers are forced to regret investing their interest and wasting so much time on cricket — to the extent of letting sponsors and bidders form a nexus and rob them of their precious time and money. Unless we stop calling cricket our ‘religion,’ nothing is likely to change.
S.A. Thameemul Ansari,
No other cricketing board in the world has ever attracted so much criticism and controversy like the BCCI has done now. Over the years, the IPL has received a royal treatment from the BCCI. The board would have never imagined that its costliest baby would become a serious trouble-maker for it one day.
Indian cricket fans are among the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic. And if they feel agitated and cheated today, one can imagine the extent of rot that has set in, in the system.
N. Srinivasan could have gracefully stepped down as BCCI president, soon after the allegations of his son-in-law’s involvement in the betting scandal surfaced. Subsequent events have proved how the system works for the powerful and mighty.
It was politics of the most manipulative kind by a group of administrators holding sway over the BCCI, played out in the open, after which Mr. Srinivasan “stepped aside” to let the cricketing body complete a fair probe. Going by his clout, I wonder whether his presence or absence will make any difference to the probe after all.