New Delhi: The IPL 6 spot-fixing and betting controversy has raised many questions about the BCCI as well as the current state of Indian cricket, and as revealed by an opinion poll conducted by CNN-IBN recently, the overwhelming response is one of disillusionment towards the governing body of the sport in India. The poll, conducted among residents of six cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai - on May 31 was targeted at adults (18 years of age and beyond) in the form of a quantitative study, where eligible respondents were interviewed with the help of a close-ended questionnaire.
What is a significant worry is that 90 per cent of the public said that their faith in Indian cricket had been shaken following the spot-fixing and betting scandal, with the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - on allegations of spot-fixing during IPL 6 being the most shocking (38 per cent). Following the revelations and arrests and the subsequent storm that engulfed the BCCI president N Srinivasan, 56 per cent said they had lost faith in the BCCI; 47 per cent felt that the BCCI, through its brazen and arrogant conduct, had shown that it treats Indian cricket fans with contempt and disrespect.
Eighty per cent said the BCCI and politicians had been forced to react to the spot-fixing controversy and conflict-of-interest allegations only because of the intense public and media pressure. In regards to BCCI president N Srinivasan, 75 per cent of the target audience believed that he should step aside from his post until the inquiry into illegal activity in IPL 6 is complete.
Indian captain MS Dhoni, who chose not to comment on the IPL 6 controversy in two separate press conference in Mumbai and London, received strong criticism in the poll, with 53 per cent of those surveyed stating that he should have answered questions. Eighty-six per cent felt that retired cricket players of repute should speak out more on important issues and controversies threatening Indian cricket's credibility.
Based on what the statistics show, when it comes to watching a cricket match, a significant number of fans will view it with increased skepticism: 58 per cent said it would cross their mind when a bowler over-stepped that he had done so deliberately and 70 per cent felt a simple dropped catch could be suspected as a deliberate act of a fielder involved with bookies. However, 43 per cent said that rash shots or expensive overs were normal occurrences in cricket matches and that not everything could be suspected without evidence.