Ganguly expresses “deep sense of fear and worry” for Indian cricket

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Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has, on Tuesday, written a scathing letter to the BCCI, expressing serious concerns over the functioning of the Indian board in recent times.
From the “appalling” way in which current Indian coach Ravi Shastri was appointed to the alleged harassment charges against board’s CEO Rahul Johri and CoA’s handling of the matter, Ganguly expressed his worry at the sorry state of administration. Speaking out on the many issues that had surfaced recently, Ganguly also criticised the changing of playing conditions in domestic cricket in the middle of the season.
Ganguly, a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee that appointed Shastri as India’s coach after the unceremonious exit of Anil Kumble, said, “My experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling. The less said the better.”
The President of Cricket Association of Bengal as well as the head of BCCI’s technical committee that frames rules, regulations and playing conditions for domestic cricket, Ganguly was also miffed at the frequent rules changes in the ongoing season. “Cricketing rules are changed in the middle of a season, which has never been heard of. Decisions made in committees are turned around with complete disrespect,” the 46-year-old wrote.
Ganguly further opined that both the harassment charges against Johri as well as the decision-making on the issue has portrayed the board in very poor light.
Johri was given a week from October 13 to explain himself after an anonymous complaint against him surfaced on Twitter. The CoA subsequently met on October 20 and 22 and Vinod Rai, the chairman, decided to form an external committee for an independent inquiry. However, Diana Edulji, the other half of the two-member CoA, wanted Johri’s resignation before any such probe, given the grave nature of the complaint.
“I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly,” Ganguly wrote in his letter. “More so the way it has been handled. The committee of CoA from four has come down to two and now the two seem to be divided.”
In a strongly-worded letter, Ganguly further said, “I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going. Having played the game for a long period of time, where our lives were ruled by winning and losing, and the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us. We wake up looking at how our cricket is faring even now.
“But with deep sense of worry, (I used the word worry) I beg to state that the way things have gone in the last couple of years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world and the love and belief of millions of fans is on the way down.
“Indian cricket with its massive following has been built over the years of hard work from superb administrators and greatest of cricketers who have managed to bring thousands of fans to the ground. I, at the present moment, think it’s in danger. Hope people are listening.”
Ganguly’s frustrations are not singular. Matters such as the rule changes have irked others such as Ratnakar Shetty who had written an email to Saba Karim, the Head of Cricket Operations and Aditya Varma (Secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar), who sent a letter to the CoA where he alleges that the rule change could have been made to favour a particular government official’s son after he was transferred to Tripura.
Ganguly’s letter of frustration comes a day after the CoA submitted its tenth status report to the Supreme Court, where it had placed Ganguly’s CAB as partially compliant to the reforms that need to be in place by the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.