Arun Dhumal. (AFP Photo)
MUMBAI: Given the way the International Cricket Council (ICC) has gone about delaying one meeting after another and board members attending those meetings have preferred to play the wait and watch game, some very important stakeholders involved in the process are calling the entire development a ‘sham’.
“It’s a prisoner’s dilemma. The prisoner’s dilemma is a paradox in decision analysis in which two individuals acting in their own self interests do not produce the optimal outcome. It is set up in such a way that parties choose to protect themselves at the expense of others,” says a leading industry executive even as the cricket fraternity seethes at the way cricket is being administered globally.
The board meeting of the ICC, that went on for longer than expected on Wednesday afternoon via a tele-conference, will once again resume on Monday. “The meeting ended on Wednesday without reaching overall conclusions because it went on for too long and it got pretty late. Expect the meeting to conclude on Monday with air of finality to it,” those tracking developments said.
TOI understands that the ICC has taken the decision on the T20 World Cup as well as the date and processes to conduct the elections. However, the delay in making the announcements is hurting the BCCI no end. The Indian cricket board will be able to start making plans to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) only once the ICC officially makes its stand clear and with that not coming, the BCCI appears stuck uncomfortable between the devil and the deep sea.
“The current pandemic has posed a great challenge for the entire world cricket fraternity. The delay in decision-making will not help anyone,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told TOI, taking a direct swipe at ICC and the continuing delay in making the necessary announcements.
Dhumal, like most BCCI office-bearers, other administrators and members, are extremely peeved at the way in which the ICC has gone about delaying things. At the helm of the ICC, right now, is its independent chairman Shashank Manohar – a past BCCI president twice – who has actively pursued the idea of stalling BCCI’s best interests in the game, say those tracking developments.
“We sincerely wish the necessary decisions are made promptly because that will only be in the best interests of all the boards to draw a roadmap going forward and meeting the challenges ahead,” Dhumal added.
The BCCI, like all other cricket boards, expect the ICC to conclude with the necessary decision-making on June 10 that will allow them to chart out the way forward.
The ICC had first delayed the meeting expressing concerns over leaking of emails. The emails in question were with regards to certain ugly exchanges over tax solutions between the ICC and the BCCI, first reported in TOI. On Wednesday, the ICC extended the deadline for BCCI to provide tax solutions until December, thus bringing a temporary end to the chapter.
“Cricket Australia too has written to them saying they can’t host the T20 World Cup this year. So, why the delay now? There must be some reasoning unless everybody’s busy playing politics here. Remember, politics may or may not help individuals involved but it won’t help the overall health and finances of the game that are taking a huge toll,” industry executives add.
Once the ICC meeting resumes on Monday, all concerned unanimously expect the parent body to act decisively in the best interests of the game.