Hope you’ve got a conscience left, letter asks BCCI super boss Vinod Rai

Will Vinod Rai reply to the third letter he has got on a serious subject?

Who is Aditya Verma? Until recently, he was an unknown official from the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, but in recent times, he has become the most litigious cricket board official of all time.

It is an open secret that he was used to file multiple cases against board officials, and that the lawyers who spoke for him were among the most expensive in the country and paid for by vested interests, but all those suits were heard.


Guha wields the sword in exit

Ram Guha

Guha’s resignation made clear the divisions within the CoA

There is an irony to the fact that Ramachandra Guha’s greatest impact on the governance of Indian cricket could have been his resignation, rather than anything he achieved in his short tenure.

Guha, a lover of certain aspects of the game, a historian with impeccable credentials in his area of expertise was an unusual choice, to say the least, for a seat on the Committee of Administrators. Certainly the haughty attitude he had towards Twenty20 cricket in general, and the Indian Premier League, in particular, left many wondering how he would reconcile his personal opinions with his professional ones.


Kumble-Kohli rift or smoke without fire?

Anil Kumble

The rift that nobody can confirm has made speculation rife

When did you stop beating your wife?

More children died in Iraq because of US bombings than Hiroshima, was it worth it?

Should a slap delivered to a naughty child as part of responsible parenting be considered violent behaviour?

These are only obvious examples of the concept of a loaded question, one which cannot be answered in any satisfactory manner without the respondent either implicating himself or sounding positively evasive.


Hurting Indian cricket may be fun but it is good for no-one

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Shashank Manohar may think he has saved cricket. But what has he actually done?
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If turning wine into water was a skill in demand, Shashank Manohar would be the most sought after man on the planet. The man who claimed he was returning for a second innings at the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to save the game, left with his association in tatters. This was not so much abandoning a sinking ship as taking a speedboat from one to a luxury cruise liner that was on a speck on the horizon. And now, the man liberally misidentified as a messiah has applied his reverse-Midas touch at the International Cricket Council.


ICC should know what happens if they try to kill Indian cricket, the golden goose: Shastri

Ravi Shastri at his candid best
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Indian cricket has rarely been in the pink of health, on the field, as it is now. The team, under the unified captaincy of Virat Kohli across formats, has begun to produce results consistently and Anil Kumble has put in place practices in the background that are ensuring steady growth. Off the field, however, turmoil has been the order of the day, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), at large, and certain administrators in particular, coming to grips with the sweeping changes laid down via the courts. Ravi Shastri, former India captain, long-standing commentator and recently head honcho of the team, pulls no punches when addressing these issues in a hard-hitting interview. Excerpts:


The BCCI administration, with all its flaws, is just a reflection of how things work in this country

If, in every walk of life, we are uniquely Indian, for better or worse, why do we expect cricket, and how it is run, to be any different?
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An English journalist friend and colleague, a veteran of India visits, a man who knows his curry from his Balti and his Kingfisher from his Kalyani Black Label, was frankly mystified just recently. Not by Englands dramatic collapse in the final Twenty20 International against India in Bangalore, where they lost eight wickets for eight runs he has seen enough and more England implosions than to be taken aback by such mundane events but by the other big cricket thing that was hogging column inches. The judiciary versus the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might be a juicy subject, but it is not one the world at large understands too well.


The removal of Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke is also a warning to those who will replace them

It is said that the new broom sweeps clean. But in this case, it is the oldest hand that has proven most firm.
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In 1980, Robert Benton won two Academy Awards, for direction and best adapted screenplay. But even he would not have anticipated just how inspiring his movie’s title would be, decades down the line. Kramer vs. Kramer won a total of five Academy Awards that year.

The faithful manner in which life has imitated art in the past week is nothing short of stunning.

In Uttar Pradesh, you had Yadav vs Yadav, Akhilesh and Mulayam with a few more Yadavs thrown in for good measure. In Tamil Nadu it was Sasikala v Sasikala, the newly anointed All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader, Natarajan, taking on the expelled member of Parliament, Pushpa.


Lodha-BCCI dispute: Some precepts are impractical

The Lodha Panel recommendations were well-intentioned, needed, but the implementation has adversely affected those who were not the target.
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Just as every bitter pill inevitably has a side effect, the one that the BCCI was forced to swallow has had a slew of consequences that neither the Lodha Committee nor the courts of the land either anticipated or particularly cared about.

First it recommended, then it strongly suggested, then it made acerbic remarks and when none of these approaches got it the desired results, the Justice Lodha Committee hit the Board of Control for Cricket in India where it hurt the most: it went after the money. No, the committee did not fine the BCCI, it merely took away the Board’s right to spend its money how it wanted.


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