Yet another attempt to create an Indian-ized version of the Premier League found in soccer has backfired in the most disastrous way possible.
First, it was former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi who was sacked on the basis of corruption. Conforming to its tradition and legacy of promoting the best practices in cricket five Indian cricketers have recently been suspended from the game following corruption and spot-fixing charges.
The players which include T.P. Sudhindra, Amit Yadav, Shalabh Srivastav, Abhinav Bali and Mohnish Mishra were barred following a sting operation conducted by a television channel. All these players who play for the IPL were shown discussing money they would receive for deliberately bowling no-balls in different phases of the game.
However, apart from condemning the disgust of the incident, what is more that cricket fans all over the world are looking forward to? Since these are Indian players what we expect is that all BCCI officials will stand up in unison and start singing the BCCI anthem of, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Something much similar to what they did in the case of Suresh Raina.
But, this kind of attitude, of the already-established dual standards in cricket, also signifies an utter disregard of Indian cricket board towards developing a culture of accountability.
God forbid if they would have been Pakistani cricketers, an episode that we have witnessed earlier in the spot-fixing case of Salman Butt, and co, the life of the players would have been made a living hell. It’s the collective action of BCCI and its sidekick ICC that play that game.
So, now that BCCI’s new child known as the IPL has started to show its rebellion, it’s high time that a roadmap for resolving corruption issues in cricket be made on equitable grounds. Or do the three monkeys only chatter to the levels of irritation when there are players from other countries who are involved.
The problem is that the attempt of commercializing cricket, where on one hand has brought in money has also attracted politicians of all hues along party lines to claim their stake. With the increasing number of powerful stakeholders such as industrialists celebrities and politicians; the illicit movement of money has amplified the position and hegemony of BCCI, transforming it into a complete rogue.
So what is going to be their most immediate action towards this corruption case? The parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will form a commission that will probe the corruption charges present on these players for some limitless years.
A rather naïve question to ask is what the ICC doing in all of this? Well one can only assume that a pet will always worry about being fed – not where the food comes from.