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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Vision statement

Per a report in DNA, a four-page statement of intent was distributed to the BCCI working committee during its first meeting under the new dispensation, for study, analysis and feedback. Unfortunately the paper, which apparently had exclusive access to the document, has seen fit only to include a few pointers, sort of a taster menu:
While the vision paper floated many ideas for reviving domestic cricket, including a Rs1 crore prize money for Ranji Trophy (see DNA Sport for details), it is a preamble that talks bluntly of the catharsis that’s required and sets the tone for the future.
Sample these extracts from the paper that was circulated at the meeting and accessed exclusively by DNA:
* Some happenings during the last few years have grieviously dented the Board’s image. Our first priority should be to restore its pristine glory by creating confidence among the followers of the game that the Board is indeed a sincere custodian of Indian cricket.
* Frankly, the question being asked is, as the richest body in world cricket, has it fulfilled is obligations towards the players and paying public? For that we all need to introspect and touch our hearts before saying “yes, we have”.
* As a premier national sports body, the Board has been a model for all other sports organisations but, of late, it has invited scorn from the public.”
* “When the country is getting excited about the Right to Information Act, the Board is being ridiculed for its lack of transparency. Unless, we believe in the free flow of information, particularly when millions and millions of rupees are involved, we are bound to be misunderstood.”
* “There can't be a better start to the new-look Board than resolve that everything we do from hereon will be transparent and in the game's and public interest, be it elections or allotting television rights or team selection. The buzz word should be 'transparency’”.

Not trying to teach the DNA its business, but it would have been way more interesting to have incorporated in the article the 'many ideas' the BCCI working committee has been given to consider, rather than the rhetorical opening.
And not trying to teach the BCCI its business either, but at some point, it needs to find ways of getting the public involved in -- or at the very least, informed of -- its ideas; getting the board website up and running, and putting up such 'thinking points' for public feedback could well be a start.


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