Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
THE MEEK AND THE CONTROVERSIAL
The credibility of three senior officials named in the IPL working group have taken a beating while Sourav Ganguly too, had faced questions of conflict of interest.
The UP cricket bigwig is chairman of the IPL. While he quit the post in 2013 after the fixing scandal surfaced, he was brought back. Recently, when former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar was appointed chief advisor to the anti-corruption unit, Shukla’s role was questioned. According to media reports, Kumar’s daughter Ankita was listed as a director in a company E24 Glamour Limited promoted by Shukla’s wife for the financial year ending March, 2014. Shukla was also the convenor of the TV rights bid committee.
The Haryana cricket chief, also the treasurer of the Board, is a known loyalist of N Srinivasan. Earlier this year, when India Cements tried to hoodwink the system and sold the Chennai Super Kings to a wholly-owned subsidiary owned by it for a mere R5 lakh, some BCCI officials, a ccording to reports, questioned Chaudhry’s silence over the valuation. While the likes of Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke and Jyotiraditya Scindia raised the issue, Chaudhry, despite being the treasurer, kept quiet over the step that was essentially made after Supreme Court’s decision to not allow BCCI officials to own the team.
The Himachal Pradesh strongman has had a controversy-laden career in cricket administration. Apart from the recent cases of land allotment and its usage, Thakur’s first brush with conflict of interest came soon after he took over the reins of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in 2000. He became the first cricketer to make his first-class debut after taking over as president of the association. The debut ensured his induction into the national junior selection committee, as only first-class players can become national selectors. It was the first time the chairman of the state selection committee had selected himself in the team and become captain. He has played only one first-class match.
The former India captain is the joint secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal. The only credible face on the committee with no previous major issue is a commentator. It remains to be seen whether he takes a strong stand on the findings of the panel.