New Delhi: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi feels the emergence of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the primary reasons for India's disastrous performance in Test matches overseas.
The legendary left-arm spinner, who is not known to mince words, reckons that "it is the men who run IPL" who are more responsible for this disaster which was waiting to happen.
"If one starts putting things in a broader perspective, you must understand that this is exactly what happens when you have non-cricketers running the show. You want to run a professional body and at the same time you have all honorary posts," Bedi told PTI in an interview on Tuesday.
Questioned on IPL, Bedi said, "The game of cricket always had a philosophy but sadly IPL doesn't have any philosophy. It's just a 'hit and run' game. Cricket is indeed a commercial game but the BCCI should have known where to draw a line as far as commerce is concerned."
Bedi was also very vocal about the "role" of BCCI's technical committee which has now been in existence for nearly two decades.
"The BCCI technical committee is supposed to be the most important committee which should take all major decisions. Sunil Gavaskar headed it for a long time and now Sourav Ganguly is the chairman. Tell me what has been the contribution of this committee for the development of game? They have done absolutely nothing" he stated.
Bedi is also miffed in the manner people are calling for VVS Laxman's ouster.
"Why should only Laxman be axed and why not Virender Sehwag? Do we have Laxman's replacement ready? Why didn't we start this process of finding replacements at least a year and half earlier?," he questioned.
"Let me make it very clear, you might get a replacement of MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir but you won't find Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman's replacements. That's why I am saying that people in charge of the game are laughing their way to (the) bank rather than addressing the key issues."
Bedi, though, is impressed by Punjab Cricket Association's (PCA) latest decision to restrict U-21 players from playing T20 cricket, which includes the IPL.
"It's a good thing that they want to start but it's like preventing an under-age from drinking."