Former member of the board of trustees, Ramchandra Guha has made major allegations about the cricket control board in India. The renowned historian has asserted that nepotism is a major concern in Indian cricket.
Appointed as one of the members of the CoA by the Supreme Court of India in 2017, Guha shared responsibility for ensuring transparency in the administration of BCCI. Soon he resigned from the post for personal reasons.
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His recently published book – “The Commonwealth of Cricket: A Lifelong Love Affair with the Most Subtle and Sophicated Game Known to Humankind” provides an overview of his tenure in the Indian cricket administration.
In a recent interview with the Mumbai Mirror, Guha claimed that former BCCI Chairman N Srinivasan and Interior Minister Amit Shah run “Indian cricket”. He also criticized the system for not paying dues to Ranji Trophy players on time.
“N Srinivasan and Amit Shah effectively lead Indian cricket today. State associations are run by someone’s daughter, someone’s son. The board is steeped in intrigue and nepotism and there are big delays in paying their dues to Ranji Trophy players. The hoped-for reforms did not materialize, ”said Ramachandra Guha at midday.
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Guha spoke about the issue of conflict of interest and called it a “scourge” in the management of Indain cricket.
“Not the biggest scourge; it is a plague. Watch Ganguly today – head of the council and representing a fantastic game of cricket. This kind of greed for money among Indian cricketers is shocking, ”Guha said.
“The most telling story in my book is that of Bishan Singh Bedi saying he is happy to go to Kabul [to coach Afghan cricketers]- everywhere for cricket and nowhere for money. Why should Ganguly do all of these things for a little more money? Ethical standards are reduced if the chairman of the board behaves in this way, ”he added.