The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the strongest board in the cricket world. After “Big Three” policy BCCI has been controlling the administrative part of International Cricket Council (ICC) for a while. No other boards enjoy as much money as BCCi in the world cricket. India’s power in world cricket comes from hefty broadcasting deals.
At the Hindustan Times Leadership Sumit in a discussion over the Indian cricket board justice Mukul Mudgal, former Australian captain Ian Chappell and India’s world cup winning cricketer Gautam Gambhir, and outspoken former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi gave their insights in a discussion in New Delhi.
BCCI is traditionally run by a man who has ambition in business. It has been indulged in corruption from time to time but bounce back in the corridor of power. Recently, after the IPL spot-fixing controversy the title sponsor Pepsi snubbed its ties with BCCI citing the trust deficit. But, BCCI did not have to face any trouble as the new player in Indian market approached BCCI to get a footmark in India. Every corporate know to woo the Indian consumers cricket is the ultimate way. So, Chines mobile company Vivo becomes the title sponsor of IPL while Paytm has become the sponsor for India’s all series. Star India has bought lucrative India’s cricket broadcasting right.
Corporate honchos like to associate with BCCI as they know the glamour of cricket will bring profit to their business. BCCI with crores of money in the coffer gives honorary to its all members.
In 2013, IPL spot-fixing rattled the BCCI that destroyed country’s cricket governing body’s credibility. After a two years court battle, the probe exposed that senior functionaries like N Srinivasan were found guilty in a conflict of interest.
The Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee exposed that people like N. Srinivasan are abusing the power for their own benefit.
The apex court constituted a panel led by former chief Justice of India RM Lodha to review BCCI’s constitution. The report is expected to come this month.
Unlike, any other sports body in India BCCI does not need any help from the government. It refused to come under RTI ambit for many years. But, the IPL controversy tore its audacity to a great extent.
Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, which probed the IPL spot-fixing, dug out BCCI’s shortcomings. As a result, N. Srinivasan had to leave BCCI and ICC. The India Cements owner Srinivasan has become BCCI president in 2011.
However, the new president Shashank Manohar has started to clean up the mess N. Srinivasan created. At the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit discussion featuring Justice Mudgal, former Aussie skipper Ian Chappell and India opener Gautam Gambhir, throws their interesting observations.
Here are some interesting observations from them
– BCCI is a bully, says former Australian skipper Ian Chappell when asked to describe it in one word
– Gautam Gambhir says BCCI is ‘transparent’ when asked to describe it in one word
– The accountability of the BCCI is absolutely zero: Bishan Singh Bedi
– BCCI should have an executive officer to oversee the affairs: Mukul Mudgal
– Sharing of spoils biggest evil in BCCI: Mukul Mudgal
– You got to have the right people in the mix, especially those who have played the sport: Gautam Gambhir
– Putting an administration body together is like picking a cricket team: Ian Chappell
– India has a lot of power now, but with power comes responsibility: Ian Chappell
– The credibility factor is very low as far as the BCCI is concerned: Bishan Singh Bedi
– The BCCI anti-corruption unit does not have coordination with the police: Mukul Mudgal
– The players’ voice is very important in issues of match-fixing or chucking: Bishan Singh Bedi
– Everything in cricket administration these days seems to be related to the bottom line: Ian Chappell
– BCCI becoming professional depends on the quality of people involved: Gautam Gambhir
– I personally feel BCCI should have the moral responsibility to promote other sports: Gautam Gambhir
– BCCI has got way too many politicians involved. Cutting back on them isn’t a bad start: Ian Chappell