Probe panel could clip BCCI's wings
The three-member probe panel appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the spot-fixing issue includes two people who are independent of the BCCI and the panel will submit its report directly to the court and not the BCCI. This is unprecedented in the history of cricket administration in India and there is hope that the BCCI won't have the freedom to brush things under the carpet, writes Tariq Engineer in Firstpost.
Even in the dark days of the match-fixing allegations in 1999 and 2000, the BCCI was not beholden to any other institution. The CBI may have prepared its own report on match-fixing, but the report was not binding on the BCCI. The board did ban Mohammad Azharuddin and a handful of other players, but no charges were ever brought and the bans were overturned while the BCCI went on with business as usual.