Despite India’s win yesterday over New Zealand, the country was rocked by some shocking news. A sting operation conducted by India Today TV exposed curator Pandurang Salgaoncar, who confessed of tampering the pitch of yesterday’s match. The incident comes as a huge dent on the reputation of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who’s lack of secsecurity quality is now exposed.
Reports are coming in that BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chief Neeraj Kumar has been requesting to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) and chief executive officer (CEO) for a long period of time to upgrade the system. Their ignorance has come back to bite them, exposing the weakness of securities in India cricket.
On Wednesday (October 25), a BCCI official said “He (Kumar) has been on the job and has shared suggestions to upgrade the system for months. The basic problem he faces is the number of qualified officials in his team. The current ACSU team comprises only three people. Kumar has repeatedly spelt out the need to hire few more people. But the board is yet to act on it. He doesn’t have a free hand to act. There’s no continuity. Each year there are a lot of new persons asked to do the job. And four hours is the only time they get to be trained. This is a glaring loophole”.
There are questions about the selection process too. In the current system, the in charges are nominated by state associations who patrol domestic & international matches. These people in charge always depend on power in the administration for their assignments. Once you’re selected, it’s more of an easy ride since there are no qualification tests unlike those of umpires & refrees. They go through a four-hour seminar before they are assigned matches every year.
The official further added, “These officials are given headshots of all who can access the pitch and the dressing room areas.That’s about it. But these people are hardly monitored”. Despite an ACSU officer of BCCI & another officer from ICC’s ACU wing invigilating the venue couple of days before international matches, it is the semi trained officials do the the general examining.