In the wake of the recent sexual harassment allegations leveled against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and the mismanagement of the Supreme Court Committee of Advisors which has seen the image of the national cricketing body take a severe beating over the last few days, former Indian cricketer and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly has written a scathing letter to the BCCI Acting President CK Khanna, Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry.
In the letter to the BCCI office bearers, which was accessed by ANI, one of India’s most successful captains, has gone onto to point out several instances that have caused major damage to the reputation of BCCI over the years.
In reference to the recent allegations of sexual allegations imposed against former BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, Sourav Ganguly has raised questions about the manner in which way the case was handled.
“I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look poor, more so the way it has been handled. The committee of COA from four has come down to two and now the two seems to be divided,” he wrote.
Known to not mince his words, the former Indian opening batsman did not just stop there, he further questioned the new change in the rule which he has addressed in the past, that allows players to play domestic cricket midway through the season.
“Cricketing rules are changed in the middle of a season, which has never been heard off…decisions made in committees are turned around with complete disrespect,” Ganguly wrote.
Ganguly also took the opportunity to shed some light during his time with the Cricket Advisory which comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Ganguly himself. Referring to the fiasco which led to the sacking of Anil Kumble and appointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach of India.
“My experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling (the less said the better)…One of my friends who is involved in matters relating to functioning of board asked me who should they go to…had no answer…I had to ask who should I invite for an international game from a particular association as I did not know what was going on.”
He concluded by saying that BCCI is an institution that was built with immense hard work and superb administration. However, the current state of affairs has caused damage to the image of the world's richest sports governing body. Sensing danger, Ganguly felt this needed to be looked into with immediate effect.
“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.''