Former CoA member Ramchandra Guha, who has resigned from his post yesterday, has questioned BCCI's decision to award MS Dhoni a Grade "A" contract despite the latter retireing from Test cricket. Guha has also claimed that the superstar culture in Indian cricket has buckled the team contracts.
Guha stepped down from his post in the Committee of Administrators yesterday citing various reasons for his decision in a resignation letter addressed to Vinod Rai, the chairman of the panel. In the letter, he pointed out that the superstar syndrome had left him disillusioned with the system and he went as far as to slam the BCCI for giving MS Dhoni, who is no more a part of the Indian Test team, a Grade A contract.
“Unfortunately, this superstar syndrome has also distorted the system of Indian team contracts. As you will recall, I had pointed out that awarding MS Dhoni an ‘A’ contract when he had explicitly ruled himself out from all Test matches was indefensible on cricketing grounds, and sends absolutely the wrong message,” Guha wrote.
Guha has been pretty sardonic towards the Indian Premier League, and had earlier suggested that the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, played between the state sides, should be upgraded, making it the flagship Twenty20 tournament in the country. He also requested Rai to understand the concerns of domestic cricketers and opined that with the growth of domestic cricket, India can perform well overseas.
"Ever since the Supreme Court announced the formation of the COA, we have been inundated, individually and collectively, by hundreds of mails asking us to address various ills that afflict Indian cricket and its administration. While many of these issues were trivial or clearly beyond our purview, there was one concern that we should have done far more to address. This concerns the callous treatment to domestic cricket and cricketers, namely, those who represent their state in the Ranji Trophy, the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and other inter-state tournaments. The IPL may be Indian cricket's," Guha added.
"The IPL may be Indian cricket's showpiece; but surely the enormous revenues it generates should be used to make our domestic players more financially secure? There are many more Indian cricketers who make their living via the Ranji Trophy than via IPL; besides, for us to have a consistently strong Test team (especially overseas) we need a robust inter-state competition and therefore must seek to compensate domestic players betters."
Did you know, Dhoni is the 1st wicketkeeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals in three forms of the game (Test, ODI, T20)
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