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BCCI And The Big Family Drama - Craze For Power Overrides Ethics, Rules

Despite the Supreme Court's call for good and transparent governance in the BCCI, influential families have manipulated elections to ensure they continue to remain in position of power

BCCI And The Big Family Drama - Craze For Power Overrides Ethics, Rules BCCI And The Big Family Drama - Craze For Power Overrides Ethics, Rules

Cricket, by and large, has always been a family affair—sons following in the footsteps of their fathers or siblings and, more often than not, making the 22 yards their own place to shine. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), one of the richest sporting bodies in the world, is a different matter altogether; it’s family business for some of the most influential cricket administrators in India, a group of people often accused of trying to cling on to their positions in the set-up. It’s a taint unl­ikely to be erased soon, not after rec­ent shocking developments during elections to  state associations.

Former BCCI strongman N. Srinivasan, who was forced to step down as the board president by the Supreme Court and also asked to stay away from cricketing affairs after allegations of conflict of interest, sprang the biggest surprise when he managed to field and even ensure the victory of his daughter Rupa as his successor as president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Asso­ciation (TNCA). Rupa, for the record, is the wife of Gurunath Meiyappan, who was banned for life from cricketing activities for spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of Indian Premier League. Many in cricketing circles believe that Rupa’s election will enable Srinivasan to control TNCA’s activities through proxy. Rupa, however, has some administrative experience as a dir­ector in India Cements, of which Srinivasan is vice chairman and MD. But cricket exp­erts have been quick to point out that she has little experience in the game’s administration. Rupa dec­lined to comment on the issue. A TNCA spokesperson said she was “not interested in giving interviews”.

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