The Politics and Corruption of Cricket

Cricket is after all a game or whatever.

Yes it is an interesting game and millions of South Asians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, and others watch it.

The IPL or the Indian Premier League put a spin on the game with heavy marketing and B2B style auctions for players. For the past over four years, it has been a sensation, with people looking forward to the next IPL series.

But now with the betting scandal (as if India needs yet another scandal), people are losing confidence in BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and its evasive president.

While the stakeholders can always say that the investigations have just now started and no conclusions should be drawn prematurely, the internecine and huge conflict of interests that are pervasive in the world of cricket and specifically, the IPL, cannot be ignored.

How can the president of BCCI be also the owner of a cricket team in the IPL ? There are many things which are wrong with the management of the IPL and BCCI. There has been collusion all along and the Board has turned a blind eye towards illicit and incorrect happenings for a long time.

Quick action is required to restore the confidence of the people on the game. That can only be achieved by the current president stepping down, while his own son-in-law is getting interrogated and arrested by the Mumbai Police in connection with the betting scandal.

But then, in the world of greed, money, power and politics, anything passes for normalcy and the people in power hope that things will calm down eventually.

What a shame ?

Who will trust BCCI any more ??

Time for immediate cleanup action. May be the BCCI needs to be disbanded or brought under government control. There seems to be no other way to execute a clean sweep of the corruption.


Vijay Srinivasan
25th May 2013


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