The folks at the Board of Control for Cricket in India have done it again. Once again, for the hundredth time, they have shown us exactly why the whole nation loathes the establishment, its members and the way it functions.
That's fine. But take a look at the other side.
What is inexplicable, though, is the Board's decision to send one member of every one of its 27 member-associations on an all expenses paid junket to Australia during the Indian team's tour of Australia just begun.
"They will be going there as delegates," Board secretary Niranjan Shah said, when asked why; he did not however clarify what they would be "delegates" to, or since when cricket matches included "delegates".
"We will send a group of around 7 or 8 officials every week by rotation so that everyone will get a chance to visit Australia," Shah said.
So that apparently is the point -- keep selectors, who by some stretch of the imagination could be said to have some useful role to play, at home, but send officials, who have nothing whatsoever to do, no official duty to perform, on what is essentially a joy ride.
So typical of the BCCI, ain't it? The above piece goes on to suggest a possible reason for such double standards:
The only logical explanation is that selectors do not vote in Board elections, but associations do; therefore, anything to keep associations happy, no matter how much money is spent in the process, is a good thing as far as the Board is concerned.Haha :-). So damn true! What a shameless bunch of power hungry, bird-brained politicians!