Blog by: Roh
They might be amongst the favourite teams to win the Champions League T20 for this year but being the favourites hasn’t really excluded them from the looming threat of being expelled out of the IPL and resultantly, from the Champions League T20 as well.
That the issue has been brought back to sharp focus isn’t really surprising coming in the wake of the charges filed by the Indian police authorities that includes the name of the erstwhile team principal – and son-in-law – of the team’s owner N. Srinivasan. Though Srinivasan himself has been quite prompt to state that the team’s been clear and thoroughly above-board, the inescapable link between his son-in-law and the team has ended up putting the latter’s fate in utter jeopardy.
For even if the team’s as clear as its owner maintains with no taint of corruption attached to any of its players, the BCCI cannot deny that in order to maintain the reputation of its brain-child, a strong and stringent example needs to be set. As it is, a lot of time has been spent on this issue with innumerable vacillations, allegations and counter-allegations doing the rounds by each party said to be involved in the scandal.
So much so that even after three players were adjudicated to be guilty – with a befitting sentencing, no less – the players themselves negated their initial statements, emphasising that they were made to confess under duress. Though the world would never know whether they were actually forced to confess or whether their confessions to their ill-deeds came out of their own free will; that these inconsistencies have emerged shows the problematic aspects that continue to plague BCCI and Indian cricket.
Furthermore, the various problems plaguing the internal working of the BCCI have also accounted for its credibility reaching a new low not just amongst cricketing fans in the country but also amongst the various cricketing boards, globally. It is also not helping matters then that the election of the new BCCI President too has become a subject of immense scrutiny what with N. Srinivasan announcing his intention to contest the elections as a candidate.
The aspect of clout dictating terms in the Indian cricketing scenario has never been as evident in the Indian cricketing paradigm as it is being demonstrated presently. Clarity and transparency have come to become overrated aspects even as the sport’s popularity across the nation has soared to unimaginable heights. Chennai Super Kings then are a part of this ever-soaring milieu with each of their match-winning finishes heralding a new chapter for the ever-popular IPL tournament.
This thus makes it even more important for the BCCI to come up with a satisfying solution to address the issue by setting an example before taint can pervade further. And though there’s no denying about the adage being innocent until proven guilty, there’s also the aspect of being guilty by association which applies more than substantially in this scenario.
Whether or not Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement affected Chennai Super Kings’ performance – for better or for worse – is then merely ancillary. This is where the BCCI needs to be firm, standing tall, upholding its long-established meritocracy rather than meekly cowering by coming up with superficial remedial measures that wouldn’t help the sport at all, in the long-term.
Thus, if it means that the Super Kings do need to be given the proverbial axe of cricket, then there shouldn’t be any procrastinations or hesitations in doing so. For, as big a team or a franchise may be – with successes far out-weighing its losses – there’s nothing greater or bigger than the sport and maintaining its standards. And it is to this end, to this aspect of ‘greater good’ that the sport’s managerial authority needs to primarily focus its attention.