There was a moment during N. Srinivasan’s press conference when he was at pains to explain how surprised and shocked he was with the most recent spot-fixing scandal. “But I am shocked,” he said, “the BCCI is shocked. This was not expected.” That was the moment many indignant smiles would have broken out across many living rooms around India. The BCCI president’s “shock” seemed contrived, almost a comically desperate attempt to show a betrayed nation that the BCCI were completely above this muck, completely unaware that they had been harbouring three greedy rascals in their fold.
It was a classic play from the BCCI book of denials. Whenever there’s trouble, deny any knowledge of it. The more you deny, the less accountable you become. This was true during the Chandrachud Commission in 1997 where a bunch of cricketers and administrators routinely denied any knowledge of corruption. To them, it didn’t happen. Months later, most of them were caught on video during a sting operation offeringRead More »from Zero tolerance? Right!