Kaymo’s Korner: BCCI can and will trample everyone in their way

2013-10-14 10:00

So the annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday of Cricket SA (CSA) went ahead without president Chris Nenzani, who had been invited to India to meet his counterpart, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who practically has world cricket by the balls.

While AGMs often go ahead without their top management, as boards are filled with professionals who don’t always need their leaders’ guidance, the glaring omission from the impromptu gathering in India was that of CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

If ever there were any indication that India’s board doesn’t want Lorgat, the snub says it all.

But it was a meeting Lorgat should have been involved in.

If South Africa’s apartheid isolation was bad, this deliberate freezing out by India has to be a close second, if not worse.

While CSA’s silence has been because they are petrified, Lorgat should have been honest about his recent rendezvous in Dubai not so long ago with Sanjay Patel, Srinivasan’s chief lieutenant.

If one reads into Patel’s comments in the Indian press this week, the meeting was less than rosy.

Honesty is not always the best policy, especially when it comes to administration.

Even a morsel of truth without the expletives would have sufficed.

We know that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), now filled with Srinivasan’s proxies after the September 29 AGM, will be more anti-Lorgat than ever.

Irrespective of the new probe into the Indian Premier League ordered by the Mumbai Supreme Court, Srinivasan’s will shall be carried out.

There could be ramifications in the long run, but the nation needs clarity on where our CEO stands on this issue.

If CSA is brave enough to release the fixture list, which they did on Tuesday at the launch of the domestic season, surely they would be dapper enough to assure the nation of what might or might not happen over the festive season.

If the BCCI has moles in the country, they will have been notified and the unchanged itinerary is not something that will make the Indian board very happy.

I don’t know how far Nenzani’s diplomacy will go in meeting the BCCI’s already ridiculous demands, but there’s a painful realisation dawning that a curtailed tour is on the cards.

The quicker we get that fact into our heads and hearts, the better it will be for our health.

Nenzani is a peacemaker by nature, but the belligerent Indian board can and will trample over anyone who stands in their way.

You’ve got to love the fact that CSA have been very principled in their handling of this sensitive matter.

Not many boards would have been able to put up with the nonsense the Indians have dished up.

But in my rather short lifespan, I’ve realised very early that being principled

will lose you a truckload of money. When it comes to the greenbacks, righteousness flies out of the window – and fast.

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