The Supreme Court recommended that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan step down before the Court had to order so, observing that his staying put at the helm despite allegations of complicity in the IPL spot-fixing scam was “nauseating”. Cleaning up Indian cricket must start with the BCCI—that, no one would challenge. But, despite the Court lending its weight to this end, the Board (read Srinivasan) belligerently refuses to let the clean up begin.
While BCCI under Srinivasan has ensured a greater share of the telecast spoils to the state units and India becoming the only heavyweight in world cricket governance, it exercises complete omerta over its chief. No champion of democracy, the Board, however, has always been a faction-ridden one with each faction out to undermine the others. But these days, no one stands up to the chief, which is why he has been able to dodge with ease every charge of conflict-of-interest thrown at him. What is needed for a fair probe is a clean excision of Srinivasan from the Board, not some nominal “stepping aside” as happened with the internal probe before.