IAN CHAPPELL

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX -

The re­cent off-field ac­tion in Aus­tralian cricket has been fierce and fren­zied. Three play­ers lost to sus­pen­sion, fol­lowed by the res­ig­na­tion of a coach, a CEO and a Board mem­ber, then the pace re­ally quick­ened with the re­luc­tant de­par­ture of the chair­man and then close on his heels, an­other Board mem­ber in re­spected for­mer player and cap­tain Mark Taylor. To cap off the chaos, two ex­ec­u­tives were then sacked.

The great­est ben­e­fi­ciary of this off-field up­heaval is the In­dian tour­ing party which now has their best ever chance of beat­ing a rat­tled Aus­tralia at home in a Test se­ries.

Not that In­dia have avoided their own ad­min­is­tra­tive chaos. First there was the Lodha com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions to clean up the BCCI, then the Supreme Court in­ter­ven­tion to hurry along that process. Then the Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (COA) were ap­pointed to en­sure com­pli­ance. More re­cently for­mer cap­tain-turnedad­min­is­tra­tor Sourav Gan­guly, shared his con­cerns when he ex­pressed; “A deep sense of fear,” over the present state of af­fairs in In­dian cricket.

How­ever, where Aus­tralia’s off-field chaos was pre­cip­i­tated by on-field cheat­ing in Cape Town, In­dia’s ad­min­is­tra­tive woes haven’t seeped through onto the field and caused a dis­rup­tion to the play­ing group.

Not only has Aus­tralia lost the ser­vices of their two best bats-

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