The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been the centre of all attractions since Mithali Raj’s explosive letter to Rahul Johri, and Saba Karim came out in public. To add fuel to it, new reports that senior officials opposed MS Dhoni to lead the team during the Asia Cup.
Meanwhile, this fiasco has put a question mark on how powerful outsiders influence Indian cricket’s selection process. Now, another report has claimed that a senior BCCI administrator recently interfered with the men’s team selection too. A report in TOI states that this official tried to appoint an interim captain in one of the Asia Cup games played in the UAE.
“In the match against Afghanistan, Rohit Sharma rested himself and the Indian team management decided to hand over the captaincy to MS Dhoni because of his seniority and also as a special gesture.”
“A senior BCCI administrator, however, kept insisting that appointing MS would’ve been a regressive step and said the next senior most cricketer should lead the side. So, all this talk about outsiders not interfering is absolute nonsense. The administrator refused to give MS the captaincy which was very weird considering his experience,” a source said to TOI.
MS Dhoni, however, became the third cricketer to lead his side in 200 ODIs. The report also adds that the BCCI administrators intervened to ensure a Grade C cricketer gets a Grade B contract. The report also states that the player continues to be a part of the side.
“It was a kind of diktat. He (the unnamed cricketer) was picked for the series in England and failed but continues to be around. You should ask this administrator if there was any effort to exert influence, even if that meant dictating the team who their captain should be,” the report concluded.