Kirti Azad calls for BCCI’s complete revamp

Justice has finally been served to cricket as critics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been left vindicated by the Supreme Court judgement in the betting and spot-fixing case. Former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad expressed his happiness after the decision of the court in the betting and spot-fixing case.

“I feel the Supreme Court has taken the right steps to cleanse the BCCI. After giving the BCCI ample opportunity to clean itself up, the Supreme Court has rightly banned N Srinivasan from contesting the elections as long as he has “commercial interest in cricket”, Azad said in his column from The Tribune.

Another important ruling was made by the two-judge special bench stating that the “BCCI functions are public functions, amenable to judicial law”.

Azad also feels that, “The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) should probably be the first on the list, since it leads the way in all kinds of corrupt practices. Most other associations too have their own crooks, depriving the young cricketers of financial and logistical support by embezzling as much as Rs. 30-35 crores of funds they receive annually from the BCCI.

In June 2013, Aditya Verma, the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) raised the ‘conflict of interest’ charges against the BCCI’s original two-member inquiry panel on the Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption issue.

The decision of the Supreme Court came as a slap on the faces of all those working against the sport and its fans. With BCCI enjoying strong political support across parties, the board paid little attention to clearing up the issues.

“The BCCI and all state associations have become filthy rich overnight, despite claiming to be charitable and non-profit organisations; many officials have become suspiciously rich, but most cricketers at the lower level are struggling to make ends meet. And who are these administrators? Most are small-time businessmen who have garnered the support of a big politician in their area”, added the former Indian cricketer.

The Member of Parliament believes that the office-bearers are filthy and led by a crooked politician, who strips the associations of funds meant for the promotion of cricket. “The BCCI’s support for such illegal and unethical activities comes at a small price for the sake of the vote of a state association, all its sins are forgiven”, quips Azad.

Joyous with the verdict of the apex court, Azad added, “Only the Supreme Court could have caught these thieves by the collar and brought accountability to the BCCI and its associations. The Supreme Court has lived up to the expectations of a billion people. The time has come for a total overhaul of the cricket structure, and I expect this to start under the watchful eyes of the Supreme Court”.