Reports | Sourav Ganguly feels Indian cricket is in danger, writes strong letter to top BCCI officials

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Sourav Ganguly is utterly disappointed with the way the BCCI is functioning and feels that cricket in the country is in danger. The former skipper has written a strong letter to the acting president, secretary and treasurer of the board stressing on the urgent need of proper steps to be taken.

The Indian cricket board, in recent days, is taking some decisions that have been confusing for its own members and former players. Apart from that, the way the incident of harassment charges against CEO Rahul Johri has been handled, it has raised many eyebrows. The members of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji - have different opinions on the charges on Rahul Johri. CoA head Rai has formed an independent committee for an enquiry into that matter while Edulji is of the opinion that Johri should be sacked immediately.

Ganguly has been of the opinion that it has affected the board’s image big time. The CAB president was also not happy with the way Ravi Shastri was appointed the coach of the Indian men’s team after the Kohli-Kumble saga.

“Indian cricket with its massive following has been built over the years of (sic) hard work from superb administrators and greatest of cricketers ... I at the present moment, think it’s in danger. I hope people are listening,” Ganguly wrote in the letter to the BCCI officials, according to TOI.

“I write to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going. Having played the game for a long period of time, where our lives were ruled by winning and losing, and the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us (sic). We wake up looking at how our cricket is faring even now...

“But with a deep sense of worry, (I used the word worry), I beg to state that the way things have gone in the last couple of years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world is on the way down. I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly (sic). More so, the way it has been handled. The CoA committee from four has come down to two, and now the two seems to be divided,” the CAB president wrote in the letter.

“Cricketing rules are changed in the middle of a season, which has never been heard of. Decisions made in committees are turned around with complete disrespect, my experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling (the less said the better).”

Writing on who heads the board at the moment, the former skipper said, “One of my friends who is involved in matters relating to the functioning of the board asked me who should they 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.”

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