Ex-cricketers, particularly the distinguished ones who had an illustrious career, want to give something back to the game post retirement. There is a constant desire to help in the development of the game and remain involved the affairs of the national team.
A handful of them are super successful in doing so; however, others are not really that lucky. They may be around for stints but are often neglected in the longer term.
Former wicket keeper and member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, Syed Kirmani has been one such respectable name who has fallen in the latter category of legends who get overlooked as time moves on.
No offers in recent times
Syed Kirmani feels that he has been left out on many occasions whenever any administrative opportunity comes up. Speaking exclusively to Sportswallah.com, Kirmani says,
“I am looking forward to being in the commentary panel. Unfortunately, I have been overlooked and I want to give back to this great game of cricket. With NCA being in Bangalore, they have never given me an opportunity to serve in the BCCI.”
“Then in Karnataka we have those egotistic morons leading. I approached the Maharaja (Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar) when he was appointed the President of KSCA. He made me the director of the Academy. For 6 years we developed great infrastructure in the districts of Karnataka.”
“Anil Kumble and Srinath came in. For one term, I don’t know what they achieved. They announced in the newspapers saying, ‘we have achieved what we want. We are not contesting in the election’. Then Brijesh Patel came back as the secretary of the KSCA and then he removed me from the directorship.”
Unhappy with the CoA & CAC
Kirmani also stated that he could not find any sense in the idea of employing non-cricketing individuals in cricket administration at the national level.
“I have written to the BCCI to give me an opportunity to serve this game. But no reply. Even the Lodha Committee reforms, other than Diana Edulji, the rest of the fellows (Vinod Rai and Vikram Limaye) have no clue about what cricket is all about.”
“The CEO of BCCI (Rahul Johri) he has no clue of what cricket is and he is earning Rs. 1.5 crores every month. Can you not give that to a cricketer, who has served? We are looking forward for an opportunity to serve this great game, but we are being overlooked.”
Kirmani also verbally dismantled the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which comprises of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
“The gang that came in next was (Sourav) Ganguly’s gang. They have superseded over us. They have formed an advisory committee. We have played marbles, is it?” said a disappointed Kirmani.
He further added, “We gave the platform, we gave the foundation to build stories on by winning the 83 World Cup. And you overlook all the 83 World Cup players? Of course, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar are very well placed. What about the rest of the guys? Why didn’t the BCCI check with us?”
“Is this the way you pick a committee? – Who do not know what cricket administration is about. If it comes to that I will tell them that,” Kirmani said.