And now the question of the BCCI's annual election is with the Supreme Court. What an advertisement for the administrative skills of this body -- it has for two years in succession been incapable of conducting a smooth annual general body meeting -- and we expect it to conduct cricket in the country? As Harsha pointed out in his latest column:
Every country has two sides playing for it. India’s cricketers, one of those two sides, were playing in Zimbabwe. India’s administrators, the other side, were scheming, politicking, adjourning, quarrelling...choose a word from that family and you won’t be wrong. If what they were doing had anything to do with Indian cricket, it was remarkably hidden.
These are serious times in Indian cricket and the administration cannot be a burden. Teams must play the opposition, not get derailed by their own. An extraordinary degree of shrewdness has been demonstrated in the effort to either gain, or hold on to, power. Hardly any part of it is visible in the development of Indian cricket.