June 2, 2011

Cricket

Powers that be running cricket into the ground

Nikita Bastian

This week has not been sports administration's finest hours, says Dileep Premachandran, writing in the National. It makes you wonder, he says, how much better teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka - who have had decent onfield results recently - would be with a competent administration in place.

The ICC suffers as a governing body because it remains at the mercy of its constituent boards. The recent decision to limit the 2015 World Cup to the full-member countries was simply a case of turkeys voting against Christmas.

FIFA, for all its financial misdeeds, still has the authority to step in and interfere when a national association is out of order. The ICC doesn't appear to have any such mandate and that lack of teeth has seen administrators run amok in countries like Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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