There are unusual proceedings taking place in the Indian cricket circuit these days. The reference is to nothing else but the selection of the Indian senior cricket team’s coach. The seat was vacant for a long time and finally the officials have decided it is time to find a ‘suitable’ person to head the team. The appointment is being done in a way which is unheard of in the Indian scene before. For the Indian coach’s job, the applications were officially called and those who wanted to take up the job could apply directly to The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The BCCI has always tried to stay away from being transparent. BCCI, though a national body governing cricket in India, never wanted to see itself as an instrumentality of the State. This was raised before the Supreme Court in Zee Telefilms case, 2005 and the Apex Court held that the BCCI cannot be considered as “State” for the purpose of Article 12 and this prevented the operation of Part III of the Indian Constitution dealing with Fundamental Rights against them. In the limelight of the earlier judgements by various courts, more or less, this move by the BCCI to call for applications for the position of coach can be welcomed with a view that they are trying to provide transparency to the process. It is also to be noted that one of the applicants himself is the chairman of the selection committee.
You may find it funny that one of the terms mentioned by the BCCI was “the candidate should know Hindi or other Indian regional languages.” They may not have stated this as mandatory. But such a clause clearly shows they are interested in an ‘Indian coach’. And in an administrative body headed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP (Member of Parliament), Anurag Thakur, it is no a wonder that such ‘Sanskritisation’ has taken place. The BCCI is indirectly saying to the candidates that only Indians need to apply for the post of Indian Coach. If this is then way things are headed, then who is to say that the BCCI will not ask that the candidate be affiliated to a certain party.