BCCI's credibility 'shattered beyond repair' after opening of messy 'Pandora's box'

Dubai, Aug 11 (ANI): The credibility of the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been shattered beyond repair after the thorough exposure of the 'skeletons in their cupboard', according to a report.

According to the Gulf News, the richest governing body among all the cricket-playing countries has had to face a summer of discontent after the opening of the proverbial Pandora's box with the arrest of three cricketers on charges of spot fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in May.

Stating that a hunger for power, a feudal style of operation and lack of transparency have all combined to destroy the Indian board's credibility at least for the time being, the report said that despite the scandal rocking the whole nation and disturbing the faith of the cricket fans, the BCCI continues to function without any accountability.

According to the report, the wrongdoings reached its crescendo when current BCCI president N.Srinivasan's son-in-law, who was a member of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, was also named in the spot-fixing scandal for his alleged links with the bookies, adding that Srinivasan's style of operation is only symptomatic of the problems that beset the organisation, coupled with his refusal to give in.

Stating that the Indians love for cricket had in a way, transformed the BCCI into what it is today, the report also said that with cash pouring into BCCI's coffers, officials came in to hold on to the plum posts in the board at all costs by resorting to even nefarious means to gain power

The report further said that the board began to be ruled by a manipulative coterie, adding that with politicians without any known love for the game clinching top posts, true lovers for the game and even former cricketers who wanted to turn administrators and serve the game, could not even enter the board.

The report also said that the BCCI has grown into a sports body known for its arrogance and daring to flaunt all the rules without fear of any government control, adding that the world cricket fraternity, which often calls it the 'big bully' behind their backs, must be satisfied at the board's current state of affairs. (ANI)

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