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Missing the woods for the trees appears to be fast acquiring the status of favourite pastime in Indian cricket circles. For instance, the machinations of officials and officers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were overlooked and skipper Virat Kohli was popularly seen as the only one responsible for Head Coach Anil Kumble’s exit from the Indian dressing room.
Curiously, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) appears to have been sucked in the dangerous pastime of missing the woods for the trees. Brought in nearly five months ago to administer change in BCCI portals, it has not made any headway in that direction. Instead, it has spent time and energy in lesser issues. Only on Sunday, did it finally assume a stern countenance.
The souring of the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble relationship will take some understanding but there is evidence that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officers and officials played games behind the scenes. The Cricket Advisory Committee’s inability to read the emerging scenario does not speak highly either. More importantly, it has became clear that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court to implement the governance reforms in the BCCI has spent much time in looking at issues that was really the domain of the BCCI officials.
This is a conversation that I had with PTI’s Kushan Sarkar for All India Radio’s Spotlight.
(This piece was written in 2014 for a now-defunct website)
Kapil Dev, captain of the Indian team that won the ICC World Cup in 1983, said the landmark achievement was only the first step in cricket’s journey into hearts of the people of the country. He credits the opening up of the Indian economy and Sourav Ganguly’s team in the first decade of the new millennium with taking cricket to its pre-eminent position.
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