Cricket historian Ramchandra Guha has criticized the decision of BCCI to give Dhoni a Grade ‘A’ contract and has backed Indian Team Head Coach Anil Kumble in his resignation letter addressed to Committee of Administrators’ Chairman Vinod Rai.
Historian Guha had resigned from his position in the committee on Thursday and his resignation letter has come down like a bomb-shell on the BCCI and its administrators. He has expressed his unhappiness on the carelessness of the board.
Terming the Grade ‘A’ contract of Dhoni as unethical given he is no more a part of the test team, Guha has said, “Unfortunately, the superstar syndrome has distorted the system of Indian team contracts. As you will recall, I had pointed out that awarding MS Dhoni an ‘A’ contract when he had explicitly ruled himself out from all Test matches was indefensible on cricketing grounds, and sends absolutely the wrong message.”
He has openly backed Kumble in his resignation and said that he is being treated unfairly in this re-election of head coach saga. “The way in which the contract of Anil Kumble, the current head coach of the senior team, has been handled. The Indian team’s record this past season has been excellent; and even if the players garner the bulk of the credit, surely the head coach and his support staff also get some. In a system based on justice and merit, the head coach’s term would have been extended. Instead, Kumble was left hanging, and then told the post would be re-advertised afresh,” stated the historian in his letter.
The former member of the CoA also expressed his concern on the conflict of interests related to former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid. He said that Gavaskar is the head of a company representing some of the players of Indian team while he is also doing commentary for BCCI TV. This puts him into a conflict of interest.
Guha is unhappy with BCCI for allowing Rahul Dravid to be the coach of the India U-19 and India A team along with being the Head Coach of the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. Guha said he repeatedly asked BCCI to take care of these matters and wanted them to be sorted out. However, BCCI has not been proactive and has ‘let it remains as it is’ attitude.
Given that Guha was a part of CoA and has seen the way BCCI works, the allegations and the resignation letter is surely going to increase the difficulties for BCCI which has been going through a rough patch.