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The Champions Trophy was just round the corner when murmurs about the next coach of the Indian Cricket Team started doing the rounds. Pundits were busy professing their preferred candidates and media coverages were rife with rumors on who all are in line to apply for the post. However, on the other side of the spectrum, there was a silent observer, a common cricket lover, pondering what the fuss was all about. After all, the existing coach had enabled the team to win virtually every tournament it had played during his tenure and the fortunes of the team were said to be on the ascendancy. But the silent observer would not have stressed on the question for long if he had been following Indian Cricket for a while. Cricket in India has been wrought with a star culture both on and off the field. A system where people in power call the shots beyond the scope of their KRAs and often, their discretion serves as a testimony of what is the ‘right thing to do’ in the system. They are used to having their way in matters and opposing questions are seldom raised. If at all a lunatic well-wisher of cricket crops up to share alternative viewpoints or decides to stand up to hegemony, he/she is soon shown the door. Ask Harsha Bhogle or Ramachandra Guha and they might have a thing or two to share. With such a culture in place, it should come as no surprise that cricket administration in India has been under a cloud over the last 18 months. With accusations against the Who’s Who of Indian cricket such as Anurag Thakur and Sharad Pawar, conflict of interest between players and their professional alliances, fixing allegations against the owners themselves of domestic cricket teams, and resistance to changes suggested by the highest court of the land; the dire state of affairs is evident. After much resistance to the suggestions by the Lodha Committee, though they were finally implemented and a new crop of administrators took over, allegations against the new panel started surfacing, suggesting that it may not be the people, but the system which makes everyone follow suit. And worse, the shoddy affairs have also come out in the open for the world to see as visible in ICC meetings which have also seen discussions on the turmoil amidst the BCCI. The issue has been profusely outlined by Mr. R Jayaraman through a sarcastic, article as he successfully brings out the incompetence of our system through cricketing terminologies ensuring the content is light, yet effective. Looking back at the quest for India’s cricket coach which began a couple of months ago, the existing coach at the helm was eventually replaced by his predecessor who had been well known for his allegiance with the captain of the team. Hence, though a number of applications were received for the position, it has been well reasoned that the predecessor was bound to return owing to the favorability of the captain and difference in opinion between the existing captain-coach combination. And again, it was evident that much like the perplexity in cricket administration, the on-field helm of the game was also discrete and in the hands of a select few. The silent observer could keep frowning upon the lack of rationale behind the ouster of a successful coach, but his experience in watching Indian cricket would suggest him to take this in his stride at the cost of being a little ignorant and to just enjoy the game as visible on the field.

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