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Monday, September 26, 2005

Time to interfere?

In the readers' letters section of the Financial Express, a letter that suggests enough is enough, it is time for outside intervention to resolve the chaos.
In the last few decades, Indian sports has been stagnating, mainly due to the stranglehold of politicians, former bureaucrats and businessmen. The inability to nurture talent in sports is due to its administration being in the hands of vested interests.
The Prime Minister should intervene in the management of sports and enforce some guidelines for the selection of office-bearers for sports associations and boards. Only sportsmen who have participated in international events should be allowed to become office-bearers in sports bodies.

I don't know that having played at the international level innoculates a sportsperson from bias, politics and all the rest of the wrongs that plague cricket; there is, however, much to be said for the need to shake up the system.
For starters, a constitution that is open and transparent -- not one that is hidden from the public; secondly, basic criteria for seeking election to administrative posts -- and no, the ability to bribe, coerce, and/or cajole votes are not among those criteria; thirdly, a mandatory provision that all office bearers should be full-time professional employees, paid for by the board and accountable for results; fourthly a rule mandating that the board should publish its annual financial statements so the public knows exactly what it is doing with its money.
There's much more than can be done towards a clean administration -- but this makes for a good start, wouldn't you say?

16 Comments:

  • John Lovas, 65; devoted instructor
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    Nice to see some decent content for a change. FYI, I log on today and see that we've got a new feature, the 'Flag blog' button, which is inconveniently located between the 'Get Your Own Blog' and 'Next Blog' buttons so that we would presumably be getting some flags on error alone (although if one happens to notice it, you can unflag a blog) But that's a trivial matter. What concerns me is this: When a person visiting a blog clicks the "Flag?" button in the Blogger Navbar, it means they believe the content of the blog may be potentially offensive or illegal. We track the number of times a blog has been flagged as objectionable and use this information to determine what action is needed. This feature allows the blogging community as a whole to identify content they deem objectionable. Ok, see the problem with this? What's "objectionable." I'm guessing there are a good deal of people that would likely deem my blog to be objectionable; and there lies the problem: what is objectionable and what is subjective. Just my 2 cents, Iron On Patches

    By Blogger groovegear, at 17:06  

  • Your blog is creative Keep up the great work. Here's the resolve a lot of people are searching for; how to buy & sell everything, like music on interest free credit; pay whenever you want.

    By Blogger Joe Powel, at 17:06  

  • Prem... Can you publish the Vision document that rediff had put together on this blog.. That had some wonderful suggestions.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 17:08  

  • well anything the fans can do to force the issue pp? We've been tryng to see if a boycott of one ODI might help.

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 17:11  

  • Agree PP, first step should be to freeze the account of BCCI.

    By Blogger Gopi, at 17:12  

  • narad... it might help. But we need to get the message across to everyone in India. BCCI may not give a damn about people outside India (I am not sure, though) since they would have received the royalty towards TV etc.

    A sight of a ODI with empty stands would wake them up.

    By Blogger Kannan, at 17:16  

  • The govt can start by removing the tax-free status on the tournaments staged in India. Then ICC will stop staging matches in India and BCCI will start losing money and will come to its senses.

    By Blogger Tiger, at 17:17  

  • maybe pp can use some of his sources in the print media to help. a signature campaign? how do we get the message across? suggestions...

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 17:18  

  • It's not what our team can do for us, it's what we can do for our team.

    - Every time Zaheer struggles through the first spell of new series, we can scream for more fitness regimes

    - Every time Ganguly huffs and puffs behind gentle pushes to mid-on we can scream for more fielding drills.

    -Every time Harbhajan Singh gives up trying after not running through the middle order in his first spell we can scream for more mental toughness and positive attitude.

    It is time to take action as fans!!

    By Blogger Jiet, at 17:22  

  • so what we gonna do jiet?

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 17:25  

  • I suspect we might see some 'interesting' banners in the forthcoming home series!

    By Blogger Tiger, at 17:28  

  • YAY TIGER!!!!!

    By Blogger SHRI, at 17:29  

  • sorry buddy...honestly I'm frustrated beyond belief. I spent so long defending and championin Ganguly and in the last 6 months the things that have surfaced about him have shattered me. I am not sure I can back an Indian team that has averse to putting in maximum effort.

    By Blogger Jiet, at 17:30  

  • I would also say, make the BCCI a Public Company with shares traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange. That way it will be run as a company not a family business

    What do you say Prem?

    By Blogger Dementor, at 17:31  

  • If BCCI goes public, it will be the next Enron and JD will be the next Ken Lay. (Note: I didn't use Kozlowski as he got convicted -- JD is too smart for that.)

    By Blogger mip_co, at 17:52  

  • for starters, mark BCCI as a terrorist organization for 6 months and ban any activity representing them for the same period. Then ban any politician involved with this terrorist organization.

    By 6 months time, all the involved politicians would have moved on to different fields/sports.

    for a further 6 months, allow only local cricket and do not permit a formation of a "national" team.

    so at the end of 1 year, all money-hungry folks would have disappeared and for 6 months all the "senior" players would have played ranji cricket.

    by now, most of the folks associated currently with the game would have walked away as there would hardly be any sponsorship/telecast issues.

    so after these 12 months, send out letters to all former players to find out how many of them are interested in volunteering to select a team.

    Short list 3 from them and let them select a team .

    Now this team selected should play 6 months of domestic cricket against all the other regular teams.

    Finally after those 6 months, let them play with other countries of ICC.

    After these 18 months, things will be better. ...or will they?

    By Blogger cartan, at 17:53  

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