Ex-Pak captain on BCCI’s influence in world cricket


BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. Picture Credit: PTI/File Picture

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A former Pakistani skipper has lamented the growing influence of the BCCI on world cricket.
  • He said that people are unwilling to criticize BCCI because of their money-making power.
  • According to him, there is no harm in criticism if it is a constructive one.
Former Pakistani skipper and star all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said that people are unwilling to criticize the growing influence of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) because of the money-making power they have in world cricket. According to him, BCCI influences decision-making because of its rich status and people are not interested in speaking against it.
In the past, former greats like Adam Gilchrist and Arvinda de Silva have expressed reservations about the Indian cricket board’s monopoly and hinted that its growing influence is becoming a little bit dangerous. And now Hafeez too has joined that band by expressing his thoughts on Indian cricket and the way the game is “controlled” by the BCCI.
In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, he said, “Let’s be honest. Cricket is a beautiful game, and the countries that play it are really good at the sport. They add value wherever they go. They have a flair that entertains fans. But when it comes to India, everybody knows that a lot of times people stay quiet, thinking that they cannot criticize India.”

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He said that there’s no harm in criticizing if the criticism is constructive. “I have always been against any platform being used for biased opinions and getting personal, but constructive criticism should be okay. A lot of times, people think they do not need any advice. But that is not the right attitude.”

The former skipper, who retired from all forms of international cricket earlier this year, a few days back, had claimed that the BCCI is admired because of the money it brings into the game. He termed the Indian board as the laadla (pampered) of world cricket.

He was trolled on social media for his comment, but he stuck to it and said, “There is no doubt that India’s players are big products. Their names add value wherever they go. But it’s not like only they are doing well. Many other players inspire you and provide eye-catching moments with their game. That’s why I said that they are treated as ‘laadla’. I stand by my statement,” he added.

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