The chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finance committee, Jyotiraditya Scindia believes that the beleaguered Board will rise to the occasion with the leadership it has in the form of the newly-elected president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.
“It’s a big responsibility on their shoulders. It’s our aim to work together like a family. There is an exalted place for India in world cricket and we will proceed further in an aggressive manner. Shashank Manohar worked towards strengthening the BCCI. These are tough times for Indian cricket, but the president and secretary are experienced people to deal with this,” Scindia said after the BCCI’s special general meeting to elect its president on Sunday.
The 45-year-old Congress MP Scindia further said that there’s never an easy time and what is important is the BCCI being transparent and accountable. “And if we are transparent and accountable, I don’t think that any situation is a situation that cannot be overcome. This BCCI is committed to both; cricket has flourished not only in India, but across the world because of the stewardship of the BCCI over a number of years. Certain issues have cropped up and we must meet those issues fair and square.”
“We must provide leadership to deal with that. We must be beyond the paradigm on a lot of issues and I think the BCCI will rise to the expectations of not only the Lodha panel report, but also to the expectations of the 1.3 billion people of this country and billions across the world.”
The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chairman Scindia also thinks that the BCCI has moved forward on many issues that were prescriptive in the Lodha committee report and also on many issues that were not in the report. “We realise that we need to be able to confront these issues, present a credible solution and that’s what the BCCI is committed to. You must give the new leadership certain degree of time and I agree that proof of the pudding is in the eating. I think we will come out with a credible action plan and strategy.”
“I cannot comment on a single recommendation of the Lodha Committee, but I would like to assure the world that the BCCI is committed to raising the standard of cricket and accountability. These are challenging times, but it is during these times that the leadership has to rise to the occasion.’’