Cricket’s Dark Days

India Today - - MAIL -

As BCCI chief N. Srinivasan gets ready to head the world cricket, fans of the sport across the coun­try and the world must be a wor­ried lot (“Srinivasan’s Big Game”, March 17). It is sur­pris­ing how Srinivasan was elected to be­come the ICC chief de­spite be­ing mired in con­tro­versy. While the courts and in­ves­tiga­tive agencies have failed to find any ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing in the part of Srinivasan in the IPL bet­ting scan­dal case, his son-in-law Gu­runath Meiyya­pan has been ac­cused of bet­ting on Matches in­volv­ing Chen­nai Su­per Kings, a team that Srinivasan man­ages. As the writer men­tions, now with the BCCI chief all set to con­trol the purse strings of the world cricket, there is a huge pos­si­bil­ity that the rich teams will get richer while poor teams will get poorer. If the rot in the game’s ad­min­is­tra­tion continues un­abated, the game of cricket will have all but a bleak fu­ture. SU­MAN DAS, Kolkata

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