18 June, 2021

BCCI And The Big Family Drama - Craze For Power Overrides Ethics, Rules

Despite the Supreme Court's call for good and transparent governance in the BCCI, influential families have manipulated elections to ensure they continue to remain in position of power

Rupa Meiyappan president, Tamil Nadu daughter of N. Srinivasan ex-president
BCCI And The Big Family Drama - Craze For Power Overrides Ethics, Rules

Cricket, by and large, has always been a family affair—sons following in the footsteps of their fathers or siblings and, more often than not, making the 22 yards their own place to shine. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), one of the richest sporting bodies in the world, is a different matter altogether; it’s family business for some of the most influential cricket administrators in India, a group of people often accused of trying to cling on to their positions in the set-up. It’s a taint unl­ikely to be erased soon, not after rec­ent shocking developments during elections to  state associations.

Former BCCI strongman N. Srinivasan, who was forced to step down as the board president by the Supreme Court and also asked to stay away from cricketing affairs after allegations of conflict of interest, sprang the biggest surprise when he managed to field and even ensure the victory of his daughter Rupa as his successor as president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Asso­ciation (TNCA). Rupa, for the record, is the wife of Gurunath...

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