Adhere to global standards of governance

Modern developments in technology have made our world much smaller and more intimate.

With the rapid progress of communication and travel, international business has become as easy as domestic business and therefore, the laws and ethics of operations have become important issues.

Bribery laws around the world have become mandatory for global business houses in order to avoid crime, corruption and favouritism and transparency has become the norm of the day.

The BCCI is a private body under the Society Act, but for it to deal with the world at large, it will need to follow the world standards of ethics and good governance.

Match- fixing, betting and the Lalit Modi issue has tarnished the very essence of its existence.

Modi, as he quite forcibly said in one of his interviews, was a member of the “cozy club” of the BCCI and has vowed to expose each one of his fellow titans.

His ban maybe justifiable as per the report furnished by three BCCI members, but for me, what stood out was the absolute power given to him as a IPL chairman and commissioner.

It seems to have been a total one-man show as not one other person from the Board’s elite has been punished or reprimanded.

The present state of cricket in India brings to the fore the Bribery Act as well as the supreme power of a single individual.

The tainted IPL players from the Rajasthan Royals (RR) have been handed bans, whereas, the administrators and owners involved in betting have been granted relief by the BCCI. The chargesheet filed by the Mumbai crime branch could make it even more interesting and embarrassing if the people involved are found guilty.

This could not only damage the image of the BCCI enormously, but also tarnish the popular IPL and the reputation of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) — a team controlled by the supreme commander of the BCCI, Mr N. Srinivasan, and led by one of the greatest cricket captains of all time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

CSK, in simple terms, may need to be junked. The very essence of the head of the BCCI owning it could puts its existence under scrutiny. No matter what the outcome is, there will always be a question mark in one’s mind as to whether an auction was handled fairly.

Dhoni put more fuel on the fire by owning an agency that commercially projects sports personalities, a major chunk of whom are his buddies from CSK. This issue seems to have been put aside quietly and conveniently. For Dhoni to be a partner in such a company does become an ethical issue. He is, after all, the captain of the Indian side and CSK. The time has come for the BCCI and its other affiliates to follow the laws and ethical values of the world and ensure that fairness, honesty and transparency is the only path for the future.

(The writer is a former Test cricketer)


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