Make more room for cricketers in administration
Bishan Singh Bedi became the third former India captain in 2013 not to have had an opportunity to become president of a cricket association the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) in his case. In October, Dilip Vengsarkar did not think it was viable to stand for another Mumbai Cricket Association election. Two months later, Anil Kumble, who headed the Karnataka State Cricket Association for a couple of years, decided that it was better to stay away from the October polls and backed a cricketing panel instead.
Sure, politicians and seasoned administrators will always hold the edge in such contests and sometimes, to be fair to them, they deserve re-election for the past work. But that does not mean big-name players shouldn’t be made welcome in state associations. India may be ruling the cricket world on the financial well-being front, but a lot needs to be done about the playing side of the game. This can only be achieved when cricketers call the shots in matters cricketing.
Despite spending their whole sporting career armed with fighting qualities, not all past cricketers will have the wherewithal to continue standing for elections. The ego aspect comes in the way of persistence, and in the end, the game of cricket suffers.From what this newspaper learns, Kumble did wonders for Karnataka cricket in his two-year term. But he didn’t do enough to appease the non-cricketing segment of his association and hence fell out of favour. Bedi would have been transparent as DDCA chief. But he would have also ruffled plenty of feathers in the Capital’s cricketing sanctuary. Did that cause his administrative demise? Probably!
Cricket fans would like to see top-notch, intelligent cricketers become excellent administrators, but they just don’t seem to get a chance. This is no time to lose hope. Probably, cricketers wanting to enter administration should opt to get into the lower rung of the power circuit and work their way to the top. It will not be the most glamourous way to make an entry, but it’s better than aiming for the top and come sliding down.