Bhai-Beta Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) begins with Shah-Dhumal jodi

Jay Shah and Arun Dhumal

Unlike in the game of cricket where first you learn and then play the game, Shah and Dhumal will first start playing and then learn the game

Shamsher Chandel
Opinion@ The Hush Post| 9:46am |two-minute-read|
Bhai-Beta Control for Cricket in India. Barring Saurav Ganguly for now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is back to square one. Lodha Committee report and the Supreme Court’s intervention go for a toss. Though, there are no Jayawant Leles and Sharad Pawars and no influence of the Congress or of the Gandhis and, thus as BJP would like all to believe no nepotism since they make everybody believe that the usage of the word ‘nepotism’ should only be used for the Gandhi family. In fact, if they had their way they could even introduce a bill in the parliament to make a law to use ‘nepotism’ for the Gandhis only.
So how does one address the issue if Jay Shah and Arun Dhumal make it to BCCI? Can we call it bhai-bhatijavaad?
Son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, ‘legendary cricketer’ (pun intended) Jay Shah is chalking his career in cricket administration. Unlike in the game of cricket where first you learn and then play the game, Shah and Dhumal will first start playing and then learn the game. Much like what Arun Dhumal’s elder brother Anuraag Thakur did. Anuraag forced himself into the Himachal Pradesh Ranji team to become the President, such was the condition to become BCCI chief. He just played a solitary match to fulfill the condition.
But where does poor Saurav Ganguly fit in the scheme of things? While Shah and Dhumal are born into the Bhai Bhatija Party, and as a matter of right, like the Gandhis land on top of the ladder without climbing, Ganguly aka Dada, if the grapevine is to be believed, has a difficult task cut out for him. As per a report, on Saturday night Saurav Ganguly attended a meeting at Amit Shah’s residence. Jay Shah, Himanta Biswa Sarma too were part of the meeting. It was at this meeting that the other two contenders for BCCI chief’s post – Brijesh Patel & Rajat Sharma – were nudged to make way for Ganguly. India TV owner Rajat Sharma has of course been a blatant BJP man despite being a journalist. But what weighed things in Ganguly’s favour is that the BJP will pit Ganguly for the most difficult battle of his life, more difficult than the NatWest finals win back in July 2002 when India came back from 146/5 to chasing 326 runs against England. Ganguly is likely to be the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in West Bengal.
Probably, Ganguly, the sportsperson has been seduced to take the challenge of realpolitik, to fight the game before being declared the winner unlike Jay Shah and Arun Dhumal who have won the game without playing it.

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