Historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha is a man who minces no words. And so, when the 62-year-old historian, in his memoir ‘Commonwealth of Cricket: A Lifelong Love Affair with the Most Subtle and Sophisticated Game Known to Humankind’, points to what’s ailing the game today in India, you know that he is talking about the men in power.
Frustrated with the way cricket was being run in India, even at the behest of the Supreme Court of India, Ramachandra Guha had resigned from the Committee of Administrators.
The COA was appointed to run the BCCI after its top officials, including two presidents, were removed for either their links with corruption or failing to adopt the Justice RM Lodha Commission reforms that were aimed at transparency and better governance.
Even after the Supreme Committee-appointed COA handed charge to an elected body in October last year, Guha sees cricket being run by ‘greedy’ officials and men with connections with political heavyweights.
Guha targets Sourav Ganguly. The former captain was elected BCCI president after a dramatic turn of events engineered by senior BJP leaders. Saying conflict of interest has hurt Indian cricket, the 62-year-old historian has also targeted Amit Shah and N. Srinivasan for controlling BCCI.
What are your comments on this? Do you think that Indian Cricketers have greed for money or do they consider national duty above anything else?