When BCCI failed to make good use of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman

first_imgSeldom would cricketers of the repute of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly have felt so meaningless in a committee pertaining to a sport they have played all their life. That’s what these three greats were confined to as part of a ‘Cricket Advisory Committee’ of the BCCI. (Ravi Shastri’s Team India contract unlikely to be renewed)The committee did not last a year and now stands disbanded. This was confirmed to India Today by a top BCCI official. “Sourav Ganguly has now joined cricket administration and there was no point in having a two member committee,” he said.ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S ROLE WAS DEFINEDAt the time of appointing the Committee, the Jagmohan Dalmiya led BCCI went about patting its own back on the possible difference having these legendary cricketers on board would make. The BCCI press release on June 1, 2015  said, “These legendary cricketers have accepted the invitation to be part of this Committee, which will advise the BCCI on various progressive steps which are needed to be taken, that will enable Indian Cricket to be better prepared for the challenges of the future.” (Also Read: Focus on Krunal, Shreyas as selectors pick squads for Zimbabwe, West Indies)The brief description of the committee itself left a lot to be desired with no mention of their powers or accountability. The three cricketers busy in their own post-retirement careers seldom met and when they did, it was reduced to a photo opportunity with not much coming out in terms of decision making, which in any case they were not empowered with.advertisementThey were also expected ‘to provide guidance to the national team’ which meant eating into then team director Ravi Shastri’s territory. And they were supposed to take steps to strengthen domestic cricket to prepare young players for the rigours of international cricket. That meant intruding into Ganguly’s own space. He was head of the Technical Committee at that time. The much decorated cricket advisory group ended up doing neither and existed merely on paper.BCCI FAILED TO EXECUTE ITS PLANIronically, the best use of the advisory committee was made by senior board officials in their media comments replying to queries on Indian coaching staff appointments.Ganguly, now Cricket Association of Bengal President is busy aiming at  higher administration responsibilities at the BCCI. Laxman is receiving positive reviews in his commentary career. Tendulkar, two and half years into retirement, has still managed to keep his brand alive and would soon have his biopic released in which he plays himself.Undoubtedly, three of the greatest cricketers the country has produced are better left passing on any advise they deem fit to Indian team members directly in their personal capacity than being positioned with ornamental roles in a honorary committee with no accountability.last_img

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