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Dilip Vensgarkar says BCCI should look beyond greed and not spoil image of country

Dilip Vengsarkar has been vocal about his criticism of politicians entering cricket administration © AFP
Dilip Vengsarkar has been vocal about his criticism of politicians entering cricket administration © AFP

Apr 13, 2014

Former India player and selector Dilip Vengsarkar has lambasted the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and urged them to care about the image of the country amidst controversies. Vengsarkar criticised the board saying it is only heading from bad to worse.

While explaining his opinions on the accountability of the coaching staff and the method used by the board to extend their contract, Vengsarkar said to The Telegraph Calcutta, “The Board checks with the senior players and if they’re happy, then the coach is retained. The Board should be calling the shots, being harsh if needed, but it has other interests. Forget the Board, in India, there’s no accountability in any walk of life. That’s the sad reality. Every affiliate of the Board gets close to Rs 25 crore annually, but just how accountable are they? How serious is the Board about enforcing accountability? Can you and I have the answers?

“The Board is going from bad to worse… If such people run the show, then only God can save us. What’s happening now is shameful. It’s shameful when people cling on to their chairs. Politicians and industrialists heading almost all the sports bodies in the country… They’re not interested in sport, but in the chairs they occupy.”

When asked whether he has any message for the board, Vengsarkar added, “Don’t spoil the image of the country and the game. Please look beyond greed.”

The BCCI has embroiled itself in a lot of controversies which had almost put the seventh edition of Indian Premier League in doubt. Even though Vengsarkar has been critical of the officials, he feels the IPL should go on. “No. Address the issues… Test cricket and ODIs weren’t put on hold because of scandals. Then, why the IPL? ” he said.

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