Tuesday, November 29, 2005

MEET THE NEW BOSS


Many years ago, The Who sang “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. The line could not be more appropriate with the election of Sharad Pawar as the President of the BCCI. This is certainly a big blow to Jagmohan Dalmiya. But true cricket lovers need not rejoice.

It is foolish to expect any changes in the way the richest cricket body in the world works. If Dalmiya put politics into cricket, then Pawar and his backers are no novices in this respect. Worse, the new President is a professional politician who has no accountability in this part of the world. Now people like Dungarpur can wield their considerable influence on the way cricket is played in the country.

If one looks at the grassroot level, then most of the office bearers of cricket bodies or associations are run either by hardcore politicians or by people who have strong politicial links. No wonder, the elections are so deeply mired in controversy.

The media reported very triumphantly the ouster of the candidate backed by Dalmiya. Former players and the press never speaks anything good about Dalmiya. It is something of a surprise since it is the same person who brought money to cricket, in India and elsewhere too.

I have a very humble suggestion to make. Let there be elections for the selection committee also. In that way politicians can directly have their say. Of course, M/s More and Company could make a killing out in the political arena.

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