No questions, no answers: How the BCCI’s institutional omerta is normalized

Questions are pointless unless they are met with answers. In the case of the BCCI, responses are scarce—and whatever answers do surface are sourced to anonymous “senior Board officials”.

One way or another, off-spinners have been hitting the headlines lately.

One took 8 wickets to help his side win the first Test in the ongoing Ashes series and, as I write this, he is playing his 100th consecutive Test—that is, one hundred Tests for a champion side without being dropped even once. Another took 12 wickets in an Ashes (women’s) Test, including a match-winning 8 for 66 in the second innings. 

Meanwhile a third member of the fraternity, ranked by the ICC as the best Test bowler in the world, ferried drinks while lesser-rated colleagues made a losing bid, …


Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker has been a journalist for over 30 years. From daily newspapers to weekly magazines and digital news portals—he was one of the seven journalists who were part of the start-up team—he has written and edited features extensively across mediums and publications. Since quitting his job at Yahoo in 2014, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor, as well as teaching narrative journalism.