BCCI has no Official WebSite and State of Indian Cricket

Today morning, I was watching news on Aaj Tak (my daughter of 9 months like the music played during AajTak news and hence we have that channel and I will write another post about it) and they had this segment going on Cricket with news that BCCI has formed a committee of former players to evaluate the current team performance and what actions to be taken and to dig out the main problem facing Indian Cricket. Apparently, BCCI has roped in Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and others.

Aaj Tak had Kapil Dev on the telephone line as Kapil is giving his expert opinion on Aaj Tak these days. So the correspondents asked Kapil about this new committee and when they were going to start working for this and Kapil’s response was that he is not aware of any such committee and he did not receive any kind of notification about this committee from BCCI and he is only hearing about this from media. Such is the state of BCCI and what a confusion!

So today afternoon, I was thinking about it and I was happy that at least BCCI is taking steps to do something about this. I mean they should have done something similar after the South African tour. So I wanted to know more about this committee and hence I started searching on the web for news but did not get any links so I started searching for BCCI website and to my shock found that BCCI is India’s richest sporting body and one of the richest sports team or body in the whole world, they do not have an official website. Well in this age and time, and considering the fact that India is an IT (Information Technology) hub, I was surprised. No wonders there are so many rumors floating around. The only information I could get was from this Wikipedia page. The fact did open my eyes.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India, or BCCI, is the apex governing body for cricket in India and lays down its law. The board was formed in 1929. It is a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. The BCCI, inter alia, enjoys tax exemption and other benefits such as use of Indian police officers for free and often uses government-owned stadiums across the country at a nominal annual rent.”

Point here is, BCCI is just a society. No one owns the BCCI and BCCI’s membership generally includes the State cricket associations and hence all the regional problems during selection. So who is BCCI accountable to?

This is being a real eye opener for me. I mean BCCI enjoys all the facilities from the Indian Government and it is not accountable to anyone.

The problem as I see is having a strong leadership all along. There is no road map or strategy for anyone in place. I don’t how much input regional boards have in BCCI.

So just to compare BCCI with the Australian Cricket Board , I did a little bit of searching on the web. Since we need to be the best why not learn from best. So I searched for the Australian Cricket Board and what was the outcome, you ask? Impressive!!!

They not only have an Official website, but the website has a page for strategy. It lists 5 goals and 9 primary targets.

Here is the excerpt from wikipedia:

“Cricket Australia, formerly (and still often referred to as) the Australian Cricket Board, is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia. It was originally formed in 1905 as the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket Matches. [1] It is incorporated as an Australian Public Company, Limited By Guarantee.”

It is just not about having a website. The point again is about leadership and accountability.

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  1. Infact most boards have their websites including Pakistan, Australia and England. Infact I was equally astonished as yourself and wrote this post http://www.yaxis.in/2006/11/cricketwhat-bcci-does-not-even-have.html

    Pretty funny state isn’t it?!!

  2. Today morning – I too wanted to look up what BCCI is upto and was startled to find that BCCI has no website! instead some crappy site is masquerading as BCCI…

    obviously the men at BCCI are responsible for the state of cricket. some one needs to file a case in supreme court so that the court can issue a notice to BCCI asking it – “Why should BCCI not be dissolved?”

  3. Adi

    Well I am not surprised. BCCI doesn not have a website, nor a professional national cricket team. Their members do have a lot of endorsements though – which is all that matters in India. After all, the GAME of cricket is not all that important.

  4. Nidhi

    I have been searching a lot for BCCI structure and its incorporation. Finally i got something here. But i do remember searching few years back when i got some relationship of BCCI with some SOuth african company. Is BCCI a 100% domestic enterprise or do we have some foreign holding in it? Can anyone answer ?

  5. Rajendra

    Why BCCI should create problem for itself by Creating a official Web Site? The people running BCCI know very well that if they create an official Web Site people like us will create problem for them.
    Don’t think that these people(people running BCCI) are working for the betterment of Indian Cricket, no-way, they are only bothered about the money generated through Cricket and how to utilise this money for their personal use.
    It is money only for which politicians like Mr. Sharad Pawar
    and big fish like Jagmohan Dalmiya fought with each other.

    So don’t pin any hope on them.

  6. Ramesh

    Dont discourage players,
    Why you all give better changes to Irfan Patan, like Australia team do,

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    1.1998 Ind vs Pak Coca cola cup held at Bangladesh (Bangladesh Independence Cup)(Dhaka).

    Please tell me how to purchase the Hi-resolution video. Kindly contact me at himamshu.2008@rediffmail.com.
    Thanking You
    Himamshu .S

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