27 September, 2020

For Cricket’s Satrapies, Cash Is Karma

An audit of the account books of 27 state cricket bodies reveals a pirate’s chest bursting with financial irregularities, one more flagrant than the next

For Cricket’s Satrapies, Cash Is Karma

Cricket statistics—that bri­n­ger of unadulterated joy—normally doesn’t cover this. Everyone knows, as a general but vague truth, that cash flows in the Indian cricket Board’s coffers like runs from the blade of an ace batsman—but exactly how much, and more importantly, how? In October 2015, Sha­s­hank Manohar, the then BCCI president, made a first-of-its-kind move towards transparency: he commissioned an audit into the accounts of all state associations. With its penchant for playing ostrich at the whiff of a scandal in all its 88-year existence, the call for a close scrutiny of the Board’s accounts shocked many.

Global consultant Deloitte Touche Toh­matsu was appointed for this exercise, termed ‘Project Transformation’. No one expected a squeaky-clean copy-book, but enough states would have dreaded the kind of hot spots that would show up on Snicko. Now, after auditing the account books of 27 state associations, and putting the expenditure and utilisation of funds well over Rs 2,000 crore under a...



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