Ganguly ‘Worried’ About Image of Indian Cricket, Writes to BCCI
Worried about the current condition of BCCI former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly wrote a letter to the Board urging some drastic action.
Addressed to acting BCCI President C K Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry Ganguly Write that, “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 a 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.”
Regarding the recent allegations of sexual harassment against board CEO Rahul Johri, Ganguly said while the accusations are in itself of major concern, the CoA’s reaction to the situation has not been the most ideal either.
“I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look poor, more so the way it has been handled. The committee of CoA from four has come down to two and now the two seems to be divided,” he wrote.
“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. One of my friends who is involved in matters relating to the functioning of the board asked me who should they go to (for a problem), I had no answer. I had to ask who should I invite for an international game from a particular association as I did not know what was going on,” he wrote.
Sounding off a final warning, Ganguly said the reputation of Indian cricket was at stake if things continue to be governed the way they are and changes need to be made to get the sport’s lost glory.
“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,” he signed off.