A case for politicians being barred

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Friday, May 4, 2001, 19:30 [IST]
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In most people's opinion Laloo Prasad Yadav defines creepiness and the utterance of his very name is sufficient to create a foul atmosphere. This being the case, his nomination for the post of the president of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) sprouts many a question, uppermost being, the fate of BCA and what is to become of cricket in Bihar and, in general, cricket in India?

That apart, does the seemingly corrupt cricket setup in India need a Laloo? These are the immediate questions that pop up in one's mind.

Yes, it is helpful to have heavy weights on your Board but to what extent? As it is cricket, and sports in general, suffer from a lot of politicking and if that is not enough we now have full-fledged politicians taking over the reigns. Those already associated with the game include Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Madhavrao Scindia and former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar.

Normally, the understanding is that administrators are not in a position to understand players as much as former cricketers do. Now, India has a pool of former Test cricketers and it is surprising that instead of these former cricketers being encouraged and supported we find more and more politician being roped in.

All these days the thought was that, these politicians do wield a lot of clout so a few of them won't harm. However, with the advent of Laloo, the whole equation changes. It is a case where more harm is in store than good.

This being the case, I think the time has come for a serious rethink on whether politicians should be allowed into the fray because at this rate, the already murky Indian cricket scene is going to go murkier.

Given the way Bihar went under Laloo, God save BCA if Laloo has to ever take over reigns.

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