The Cricket Icon, Sachin Tendulkar had recently been commemorated with his new heroic biographical book which was penned by former media manager of BCCI Devendra Prabhudesai, by the head of BCCI Committee of Administrators (CAO) Vinod Rai. At the launch of this book Rai with his last speech remembering Sachin’s epochal contribution in Cricket asked for his legend like involvement to speak up and ensure improvement in cricket administration in the country.
“There are legends like Kapil (Dev), Sourav (Ganguly), Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar who in some ways need to mentor these people and also speak up and ensure that cricket administration in this country improves,” Rai asserted with the hope that very soon our former greats of Indian Cricket team would take a stand over administrative matters using their position of influence to clean the system.
“Hopefully, at some point in time, we will be seeking your support. And there is a need for each one of us to sit down together, talk these things through,” added Rai and said,”We have Diana (Edulji) who has been helping us. We have Prof (Ratnakar) Shetty who is in the BCCI, people who have been sincerely committed to it all, but do they have the freedom?” Rai asked.
Expounded that Indian Cricket’s ascendance towards peak does not resonate with the administration they have been provided with nowadays hence in Rai’s word administrators must have to provide players with imperative pedestal. “We have a remarkable young team. They are aggressive and dedicated, their commitment on field is absolutely wonderful. Why do all of us go to see the matches, because this is a set of cricketers performing remarkably on the ground. What we need to ask ourselves is are we providing them with the best support in terms of logistics, administration and whatever” Rai explained.
“All that you must have been reading about it in the newspapers, it is unfortunate and I don’t think we’re doing good service to the excellent team that we have,” the CoA head added.
“Cricket administration in this country becomes objective and becomes supportive to the cricketers and it’s not cricketers who support office bearers. Hopefully, some point in time, we will be seeking your support. And there is a need for each one of us to sit down together, talk these things through,” he opined.