ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Game of Passion, a Game of Corruption

Who cares for Indian cricket even as corruption exists at the very top?

Only pressure from a cricket-crazy Indian public can clean up the administration of the game and what can be politely described as external influences on the outcomes of matches and individual performances. Nothing will otherwise get the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to move, for the organisation is now so powerful at home and in the world, and many of its senior officials are tycoons and powerful politicians in their own right that no government oversight will take place. Yet, the followers of the game seem to be unwilling to make any demand to clean up the sport they follow with so much passion.

Take, for example, the response to the findings of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee confirming that a member of the team administration of Chennai Super Kings, a franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), had indulged in frequent betting on games in the league and so too had one of the owners of another franchise, Rajasthan Royals. After briefly hitting the headlines the matter has disappeared from public discussion. More worrying is the response to news about the sealed report submitted by the committee to the Supreme Court, which has been kept “secret” because it mentions far more serious acts of illegality that could not be verified and need Court direction for further investigation. Once again there has been public silence. Is it that the cricket-crazy Indian does not care or has become so cynical about the possibility of the game being cleaned up that she is content to follow the spectacle even if the game may in some instances be set up by players and officials at the highest level?

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