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Guha resigns; lambasts Kohli, Dhoni, and others for ‘superstar culture’

In his resignation letter addressed to the Committee of Administrators (CoA), noted historian Ramachandra Guha has let out the skeletons in the closet. He pointed out to various issues that are plaguing Indian cricket such as superstar culture, unresolved issues, conflict of interests and the recent inept handling of the differences between skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble. Guha also alleged that there was a significant conflict of interest between Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. He also questioned why former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given a Grade A Central Contract even when he was not playing all the three formats.

Guha’s resignation letter runs into seven lengthy pages and it highlights the various issues in the existing Indian cricket. Guha has stated in his resignation letter that the recent Kohli-Kumble fallout was handled very unprofessionally by BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) and the BCCI office-bearers (Amitabh Chaudhary). Guha has alleged that the CoA has remained silent on such important issues and has not taken any appropriate action. An excerpt from his resignation letter reads, “Already, in a dismaying departure from international norms, current Indian players enjoy a veto power on who can be the members of the commentary team. If it is to be coaches next, then perhaps the selectors and even office-bearers will follow?”

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