The former India skipper, who now leads the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), voiced his fears at the ‘appalling’ manner in which cricket was being administered in the country, according to his letter published in a report by ESPNcricinfo.
Ganguly is currently a member of BCCI’s technical committee and was previously a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee which also comprised of Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
“I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going,” he wrote in his letter.
“Having played the game for a long period of time, where our lives were ruled by winning and losing, and the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us. We wake up looking at how our cricket is faring even now.
“But with deep sense of worry, (I used the word worry) I beg to state that the way things have gone in the last couple of years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world and the love and belief of millions of fans is on the way down,” he continued.
“Indian cricket with its massive following has been built over the years of hard work from superb administrators and greatest of cricketers who have managed to bring thousands of fans to the ground. I, at the present moment, think it’s in danger. Hope people are listening.”
The Indian cricket administration has been in a flux ever since the Supreme Court of the country asked the BCCI to implement changes recommended by the Lodha Panel. The top court in India had sacked then BCCI chief Anurag Thakur and other office bearers after the cricketing body failed to adopt the recommended changes in time.
The court has since appointed a Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by Vinod Rai to overseas the day-to-day running of the BCCI.
One of the points raised by Ganguly in his scathing letter was his disappointment in the manner in which Ravi Shastri was appointed coach of the Indian team.
The CAC had been given the task to interview candidates for the job following skipper Virat Kohli’s falling out with then coach Anil Kumble. The deadline to apply for the job had been extended for Shastri to apply. Following the completion of the interview, Ganguly had asked Kohli to take some more time to think about his decision but the appointment of Shastri was confirmed on the very same evening by the BCCI.
“My experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling. The less said the better,” Ganguly wrote.
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