Thiruvananthapuram:S Karunakaran Nair needs no introduction. In an exclusive interview to ThatsCricket.com the 58-year-old Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary who is also the president of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) dwells on the current state of affairs for the game in the country, ranging from Ganguly's six-match ban to the appointment of a new coach. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Q: Do you feel that the six-match ban on Ganguly was too harsh?
A There is no question of being harsh or so. We have stood by him and appealed against the ban and are expecting the verdict. Fortunately, there are no series in the immediate future, the next in line being our tour to Sri Lanka in July for a tri-series with the hosts and the West Indies. Whatever I am saying here is on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and not my personal views.
Q: What happened to Lanka's proposed visit to India to play five ODIs?
A It stands postponed due to some unavoidable circumstances.
Q: Has it been cancelled in the wake of trouble in Lankan cricket administration?
A Let me assure you that it stands postponed and not cancelled as is being mentioned in some circles; the postponement has got nothing to do with the imbroglio that has rocked the Sri Lankan cricket administration.
Q: What about the appointment of Wright's successor?
A That will be done at the appropriate time. We have already started the groundwork. The same procedure that was followed five years back when Wright was inducted will be followed in 'toto'.
Q: Will it again be a foreign coach?
A I can't say anything on that for the time-being. One thing I can assure you is that the new coach will be equally competent and will be up to the challenge. We are looking for somebody who will stay on until 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean. No question of frequent choppings and changings. We are looking at a long-term coach. We don't set any short-term goals.
Q: Will it be anybody of those whose names are doing the round?
A I don't know who these 'names' are and how they were floated. It's all the imaginary work of some people. We haven't short-listed any names.
Q: What about Pakistan team's frequent pestering over venues in the just concluded series?
A We have strictly adhered to our rotation policy as far as allotting venues is concerned. We had given the blueprint of the itinerary to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) well in advance. However, we will definitely look into the complaints raised by them, be it regarding venues or conveyance, and will see to it that they are addressed quickly.
Q: What about the ongoing case in the court against the Board?
A Since the matter is sub-judice; I am not dwelling on it further. However, the Board will carry the fight until it gets justice and I am hopeful of a positive verdict in Board's favour.
Q: What about the proposed TV channel?
A It is not even in the pipeline. A certain proposal has come from concerned authorities. The proposal will be put forward at the appropriate forum of the Board and then we will take a decision collectively.
Q: And last, but not the least, why doesn't the Board have a website of its own?
A We are working on that too. We have a media committee that includes people like Amrit Mathur and Rajeev Shukla, who have expertise in media management and they are working out the modalities.