Bullies and incorrigible: Experts tear into BCCI
NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board is a place for “sharing of spoils”, a retired judge entrusted with the job of cleaning up the sport said on Saturday.
The stinging comment by retired judge Mukul Mudgal was supported by three international cricketers during a session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.
Mudgal is leading a fourmember panel probing corruption in the world’s richest cricket body following allegations of spot fixing in the 2013 version of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The scandal had forced N Srinivasan to step down as BCCI president after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was found guilty of betting.
“Total monopoly sometimes brings in evil,” Mudgal said in reference to the BCCI’s dominance in the cricketing world because of its rich coffers.
Former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi said the first word that comes to mind when BCCI is mentioned is “incorrigible” while former Australia captain Ian Chappell called the cricket body a “bully”. The cricketers, including former India Test cap Gautam Gambhir, agreed that new BCCI regime has shown signs of cleaning up the tainted board.
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Retired judge Mukul Mudgal, head of a panel probing corruption in BCCI, and former Australia captain Ian Chappell at a session.