The skeletons tumble out of the BCCI closet
Sharad Pawar's daughter claimed a couple of months ago that her family did not financially benefit
from the IPL. The bit to note there is that she did not claim her family was not connected to the IPL at all. What she said was that they did not financially benefit. i.e. their investment was a flop.
That's akin to a burglar claiming that he should have been let off since he had been caught by the police before he stole anything.
When Chirayu Amin was made the interim IPL commissioner after Lalit Modi was sacked, I wondered about the linkages between Shashank Manohar, Sharad Pawar and Chirayu Amin
The news that Chirayu Amin was part of a consortium
led by a company partly owned by Sharad Pawar & family
reinforces my belief that there's a serious clean-up act needed in the BCCI.
Now, the only bit of the puzzle that's not yet evident is the fact that Shashank Manohar and Chirayu Amin have a business / family relationship as well.
'Conflict of interest' seems such an archaic term. Maybe we should just call it a 'cabal of interests'.
Louis Brandeis, a member of the US Supreme Court, once wrote in a 1913 edition of "Harper's weekly":
Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.
It's high time the same principles were applied to the BCCI.
It announced earlier this week that there would be no Indian participation
in the cricket event at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games
I've got no problems with that. The BCCI is the governing body for cricket, and it is well within its right to identify which tournaments it's contracted players participate in.
However, the BCCI then went on to clarify that the decision was taken since the schedules were made well in advance
and that the domestic season would be underway.
This is where I have a problem. Somehow, it seems inconceivable that the BCCI fixes up schedules in advance or adheres to schedules drawn up well in advance doesn't quite.
After all, among other recent achievements, they've tried to tweak around with a scheduled 7 ODI series against Australia
, successfully tweaked a 2 test 5 ODI series against New Zealand
, agreed to a tour of Zimbabwe at short notice & urgently scheduled multiple series involving Sri Lanka
It so obviously has something to do with the fact that the BCCI would need to be WADA-compliant
for the cricket team to be allowed to play at the Asian Games. After all, if the main side was too busy, it wouldn't have been tough to put together a 2nd XI
Labels: asian games, bcci, conflict of interest, indian premier league, scheduling, sharad pawar