It’s the #metoo effect that has caught Indian cricket and dada (Saurav Ganguly) has stepped out in attack in his formidable ‘Bapi Bari Ja’ (dad go home) image from a popular TV show that Ganguly hosts.
He is stepping out to a loose ball (read harassment allegation) and sends it over the boundary wall. Recently, Saurav Ganguly criticised the Board of Control for Cricket in India for its maladministration and said that it was threatening Indian cricket. In a letter he wrote to the BCC acting President CK Khanna, Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, Ganguly said, “the authority of Indian cricket on the world and also the love and belief of many fans is on the way down.”
The board’s handling of CEO’s Rahul Johri’s harassment case, he wrote, has garnished its image. He also mentioned the differences of opinion between CoA Chairman Vinod Rai and its other member, Diana Edulji. Vinod Rai had formed a panel to look after the allegation against Johri whereas Diana Edulji, the previous Indian Cricketer, was in favour of Johri either resigning or being asked to leave.
The former Indian captain also criticised changing rules of eligibility to play for a state, midway through the season, something that had never happened before.
Here’s the complete text of Ganguly’s letter, revealed by news agency ANI
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 long periods of time, our lives were dominated by winning and losing, and also the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us. We awaken looking up, however, 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 few years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world and also the love and belief of millions of fans is on the way down.
I don’t know how far it is true, but the recent reports of harassment have made the BCCI look very poorly. More so the way it has been handled. The committee of CoA from four has come down to two and the two looks to be divided. Cricketing rules are modified within the middle of a season, that has never been seen off. Decisions made in committee are complete disrespect. My experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling (the less said the better). One of my friends, who are involved in the matters about functioning of board, asked me who they should go to. 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.
Indian cricket, with its massive followers, has been engineered over the years of hard work from excellent administrators and greatest of cricketers, who have managed to bring thousands of fans in the field. I, at the moment, assume it’s in danger. Hope people are listening.
Note: Letter has been lightly edited for grammar and punctuation.