04 December, 2020

Taking On Big Daddy

Two chums hope to clean up BCCI's act

Taking On Big Daddy
outlookindia.com
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It’s David vs Goliath all over again. While Outlook was researching this story, meeting cricket administrators and players, news filtered through that a parallel investigation into the affairs of the BCCI was also being conducted, and the very same people whom Outlook was contacting were being tapped.

It turned out to be Rahul Mehra and Shantanu Sharma, two 26-year-old school friends from Delhi’s Modern School. "We couldn’t bear to watch the Australians thrash our team and decided to do something about it. But what, was the question," says Sharma. The only option they could see was a PIL. "That’s because the BCCI is a society answerable only to its 31 state associations. So, the only way is to ask the court to intervene in public interest," says Mehra, a criminal lawyer by profession. After a month of work, they finally filed their PIL on Friday, February 18.

In their prayer to the court, they’ve asked for a total revamp of the BCCI by changing the election process. The plea is that only former cricketers...

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