There have been many cricket experts and legends, which have been given their point of view on the decision of the Supreme Court, who recently sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and its secretary Ajay Shirke from their respective posts.
The experts said that the Supreme Court order will have the long-standing effect on the way cricket is run in India. On Monday, the Supreme Court cemented the route for a more diaphanous and responsive cricket administration.
Venky Mysore, CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders, said, “I don’t see any negative impact. The game or the institution is at the heart and all the stakeholders agree on the point that the game should not suffer. So once the dust settles, everyone’s interest will be towards supporting the game,”
Harish Thawani, the founder of Nimbus Communications, shared his views on this, “There is nothing negative in today’s order. Neither Virat Kohli will stop playing cricket because the president and secretary have changed, nor fans will stop watching him play. If you change the board of directors of a company, it doesn’t shut the company as far as the management remains intact. Here, the operating staffs will continue to run the day-to-day operations,”
One of the most powerful cricket administrators of Indian board stated, “It’s a draconian order and a sad day for cricket. One has to ask, what BCCI has done to deserve this. SC has dismantled the board. Other countries will laugh at India for this,”
Kaushik Moitra, the partner at the boutique telecom and media law firm, TMT Law Practice, said “This is a clear precedent for all sports bodies in the country. The Apex Court has clearly spelled out that Sports Bodies cannot be a cozy club of powerful individuals who wish to run its affairs like their fiefdom in complete variance to the legal framework of the country. Cricket as much as any other Sport is a matter of national interest and must be administered in a transparent manner in the interest of the sports and its millions of fans.”
A senior BCCI official said on the order of the court, which either impact or not on the operations or tournaments of Indian cricket, “Ranji matches are being played as we speak. Do you see any impact? This (court order) is a situation that has arisen, but by January 19 we will know the new administrators. There is nothing to worry.”
The Indian cricket board had reported a total income of Rs 1,365.35 crore at the end of the financial year March 31, 2016. While its expenses were at Rs 1,253.52 crore out of this, Rs 721.84 crore was because of the state associations.
When asked whether the court’s order will impact the cash cow of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Indian Premier League, Mysore responded, “The rules of the game are set. There are franchisees which have the responsibilities to organize games on their home grounds; there is an agency which looks after the games. Ticketing, marketing, and all other aspects are taken care by either the franchisees or the operating staff. There is nothing that needs to be changed,”
The Supreme Court order will help the Indian cricket board to take clean standpoint and ideas to administration, claimed the specialists.