President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Sourav Ganguly, has written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), expressing his concern at the way in which the BCCI is running the sport in the country, also questioning the manner in which the body was handling the allegations of sexual abuse against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri. He stated that the board being run by Committee of Administrators (CoA), a supervisory panel appointed by the Supreme Court, is jeopardizing the sport itself.
The former Indian captain opened his letter with, “I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going. Having played the game for a long period of time, where our lives were ruled by winning and losing, and the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us, we wake up looking at how our cricket is faring even now.”
On the matter of the manner in which the CoA is handling the allegations against Johri, he wrote, “I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look poor, more so the way it has been handled. The committee of COA from four has come down to two and now the two seems to be divided.”
Urging those in charge of governing the sport to not let it go down the path of ignominy and disrepute, Ganguly added, “Indian cricket with its massive following has been built over the years of hard work from superb administrators and greatest of cricketers who have managed to bring thousands of fans to the ground. I at the present moment, think it’s in danger. Hope people are listening.”