Obfuscating matters, the BCCI way

Sehwag's axing, and the events surrounding it, once again reveal BCCI's feudal core.

Virender Sehwag The problem with obfuscating — lying, if you prefer to use blunt, direct words — is that no one will believe you even if/when you tell the truth.

You would think the BCCI, which has 'Obfuscate' embedded as its motto on the family crest, would have learnt this lesson by now. But apparently not, if the contretemps with ref Virender Sehwag is any indication.

The BCCI says Sehwag has been rested on the advice of the team physio. Sehwag says he had asked the physio for rest. Trouble is, the BCCI also said, through one of its many voices, that the player is being rested to recover from injury. And that doesn't jell with Sehwag's own essay in sarcasm at a recent press conference — when asked to comment on MS Dhoni's remarks that the seniors were slow on the field of play, Sehwag recalled his diving catch as an example of how fit and quick he personally was — and in his final outing before the selectors picked the team for the Asia Cup, he showed no sign of any injury — unless he had tripped over the stairs after his brief, but barn-storming, opening essay as the team chased 320.

Had the BCCI not been burdened with its history of obfuscation — okay, lying — we would have been tempted to give that body the benefit of the doubt. And to say that Sehwag, who has been off color throughout the Australian tour, likely asked for some rest to get body and mind together again.

That benefit however is something no one will give the BCCI — because its past actions have shown that it does not merit it; that it will lie and obfuscate till it paints itself into yet another corner.

Consider recent history. It was apparent to even a casual bystander that the rotation policy implemented for the one day team had not gone down well with some members. It was equally apparent that Sehwag and Gambhir had elected themselves ringleaders of the opposition, with Sachin providing silent backing. The internal bickering burst into the open with Gambhir's unnecessarily carping remarks about Dhoni eking out a win in the final over; Sehwag then took the baton and went with it, producing a string of extremely caustic remarks aimed at his captain.

When matters seemed well and truly out of hand and even the BCCI — whose behavior makes the average ostrich seem endowed with 20/20 vision — couldn't ignore it any more, the fun really began. There is no rift, the BCCI said. It then said it had asked its manager and coach to sort out the rift — while simultaneously maintaining that there was no rift. And then it did what it does best — produced, through individuals such as Dhoni and the team manager, a series of statements "confirming" that there was no rift.

All of which is why Sehwag's "resting" doesn't carry the ring of conviction. As reported in multiple papers this morning, the real reason was disciplinary — Sehwag was asked by the BCCI to play ventriloquist's dummy and stand beside his captain while Dhoni read out a "statement" written by a BCCI hack to the effect that all was well. Sehwag refused — and in a trice, the man who had been boasting of his fitness was suddenly found in urgent need of rest and recuperation.

Surprised? Don't be. You can create mayhem in the dressing room. You can bat with a cavalier unconcern that is as shocking as it is unacceptable. You can do all that and more, and all will be forgiven if you are a star. But defy the BCCI, and your immunity ends there.

What strikes you as most bizarre about this whole situation?

This: Sehwag could, and did, publicly undermine his captain, and there was no consequence. Sehwag batted as if he just didn't care — and there was no consequence. But when Sehwag flouted a direct order from the BCCI — then all hell broke loose, and he was shown the exit.

That is the BCCI for you — feudal to the core.

PS: BCCI says Sehwag is in desperate need of rest. So will he be picked if India make the finals of the CB Series?

MORE IN SPOTLIGHT

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Hyderabad vs Rajasthan

On Now: Hyderabad vs Rajasthan

Rajasthan stumble in 134-run chase at Abu Dhabi. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order… More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »