Not Just BCCI, Most Other Cricket Associations in a Shambles Too

Former India Captain Sourav Ganguly let a cat among the pigeons with a strongly-worded letter to the BCCI, regarding his concerns about the state of the board’s administration.

Currently Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President and Chairman of BCCI’s technical committee, Ganguly – in his letter to acting BCCI President CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry – addressed:

  • the handling of the sexual assault allegation against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri
  • the selection process of the current coach of the national men’s team
  • and the CoA’s decision to change rules in domestic cricket in the middle of the season.

However, the problems aren’t just in Indian administration. One look at other cricket associations around the world and the problems are as prevalent.

Cricket Australia: ‘Arrogant’, Treats Players as ‘Commodities’

Cricket Australia has been described as ‘arrogant’ and bent on winning at all costs in a recent review of its culture and governance commissioned after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The review by Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Center said administrators should bear as much blame as captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, who were suspended for their roles in the incident at Cape Town in March.

“Players feel that they are treated as commodities. There is a feeling among some state and territory associations that they are patronised while sponsors believe their value is defined solely in transactional terms,” the 147-page report says.

In fact, Cricket Australia was hit by a major pay dispute with the Australian Cricketers Association in June last year. Having failed to reach an agreement over revenue-sharing, over 200 top Australian players were unemployed since the end of June, when their contracts expired.

Cricket West Indies: Long-Standing Contractual Disputes

Disputes between the association and its players have long been a part of West Indies cricket.

Way back in 2014, West Indies had pulled-out midway during a tour to India due to a payment structure dispute between the players, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players' Association.

Even after all these years, a long-standing contractual dispute between the West Indies’ cricket board and its players have resulted in stars like Sunil Narine, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard not being regular features in their national team.

Based on a new policy, Cricket West Indies only select players for international outings if they have played a domestic tournament in the same format. While most stars do play the T20 Caribbean Premier League and are thus available for selection in the shortest format, one-day and Test formats domestic tournaments clash with leagues across the world – leagues that are much more lucrative.

Pakistan Cricket Board: Corruption Galore

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has long been ridden with cases of corruption. The 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore resulted in the board incurring huge financial losses as teams refused to travel to Pakistan, and their home-ground shifted to UAE.

“The board spends millions upon millions of rupees organising domestic cricket but the system keeps getting changed every other year and players have repeatedly complained about the structure, the inconsistency and facilities provided to them,” says a report in Geo News.

Just recently, former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi sent a legal notice to incumbent Ehsan Mani, threatening a defamation suit, after a PCB audit claimed that around seven crore Pakistani rupees were spent on his perks and remuneration.

If these weren’t enough, Pakistan’s former fielding coach Steve Rixon had blasted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for being late with payments and disorganised after his two-year tenure.

Cricket South Africa: Deep Legal Troubles

The South African cricket association was at the receiving end of a major backlash when it decided to cancel the T20 Global League – an eight-team franchise-based tournament – this year.

The association is reportedly facing a broad front of legal claims from former franchise owners, former employees and individuals who were part of consortiums of owners – running into tens of millions of rands. This, after having already lost an estimated 14 million US dollars, including compensation paid to 144 contracted players.

(With inputs from AP)

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