Chirayu Amin, chairman and managing director of Alembic and head of the Baroda Cricket Association, is interim head of the IPL — a compromise solution arrived at because the franchises wanted either of Ravi Shastri or Sunny Gavaskar, which was not acceptable to the board; the BCCI wanted Shashank Manohar, which was not acceptable to the franchises. So we have a ‘compromise’ in place — and the BCCI is happy, because Amin is tightly networked into the West lobby of cricket and politics, and can counter Modi’s influence [and that of his shadow, Sharad Pawar] in that key region.
But the real revelation of the post-governing council meeting media conference came from Shashank Manohar. Documents are missing from the BCCI office, said the BCCI boss. We had no idea how decisions were arrived at, he said.
It is the job of the governing council to take decisions, it is not our job to examine the documents, that is why we have a professional in place [a reference to IPL CEO Sundar Raman].
Nice try. But it begs one important question: On what basis, other than proper documentation, do you take decisions anyway? Or to put it another way, if there was no documentation, what did you consider while making your various governing council decisions?
Clearly, all you ever did, for the three years of the IPL’s existence, was to rubber stamp things — so why are you and your fellow council members not in the dock for negligence of basic responsibilities?
In passing, could the media please stop touting the services of governing council members Ravi Shastri, Sunny Gavaskar, and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi to “clean up the mess”? The mess happened under their noses — they were members of the council, where their job was to sit in the back benches and sing hosannas to “Moses Modi”, as Ravi once described him. Further, Ravi and Sunny got their pound of flesh in multiple ways — payment for being part of the governing council, permanent place in the BCCI’s panel of commentators, and so on.
How does a CV that includes three years of playing the three monkeys qualify the troika for operation clean up?
PS: Over and out, for the day. Nursing a case of food poisoning.