BCCI No More The Bully
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Not too long along ago, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), led by N Srinivasan, was seen as an overly rich body, which loved to show high-handedness in every aspect of the game. They were infact even ridiculed in quiet subdued murmurs, and surprisingly the board was very happy with its bully tag.
However, as the contentious term of N Srinivasan ended, the new administrators led by Jagmohan Dalmiya, and guided by Secretary Anurag Thakur have tried to start its tenure on the front foot. Rather than evading bouncers, the new brass has tried to take it on with tenacity, and the many steps that this new hierarchy has taken does evoke a sense of positivity.
They started by appointing Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman as consultants for the board. Although, their actual roles are not yet clear, their very presence is inspiring. Also, the appointment of Rahul Dravid as the coach of the India Under-19, and India A is a step taken in the right direction.
The apathy of women cricket in India is no secret, and for long they have been denied of remuneration that they are worthy of. By introducing a contract for the ladies, is certainly one that deserves accolades.
Nepal, a country ravaged by the recent earthquakes, requested the help of its influential neighbours, and surprisingly the BCCI obliged by organising a training camp at Dharamsala, to prepare for the world T20 qualifiers. This is worth the mention, because for long the board has been accused of intervening in only those cases where financial benefit is involved. This bonhomie is a welcome association, and will certainly help in redeeming their image.
The Srinivasan led board was at loggerheads with Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of cricket South Africa. Thus, when he was spotted during the final of the Indian Premier League came as a rather startling sight. Another stance that has been changed. Also, Mustafa Kamal, the former ICC President, who was deprived of his right to hand over the trophy of the Cricket World Cup to the winners by N Srinivasan, and who later resigned over this issue was also in attendance along with Lorgat. With their adversaries, Srinivasan and Sundar Raman nowhere near the vicinity this renewed trust is certainly a convivial sight.
The BCCI is doing its best to win over trust of the cricketing world and the public, and yet there are many issues which include the Decison Review System, on which its stance will be closely monitored. They are for the time being speaking about the right things, and whether these words transpire into results will always remain a pertinent question. However, in the three months, the steps that have been taken do inspire assurance.