In the meantime, OCA has replied to the BCCI query
on the incident wherein the former has, in other sense, accepted non-compliance
of ICC guideline while hosting the match. OCA’s submission that the guidelines
shall be followed strictly in future and such incident shall not be allowed to
repeat speaks that the guideline set by the international cricket body was not
strictly followed till the last match.
Even though OCA has confessed that water bottles
were allowed inside the gallery against ICC guideline on humanitarian grounds
because people use to be there for long hours, it should have got an approval
from BCCI for the same, which the hosting body didn’t do.
With a blind eye towards the faults of OCA,
Behera’s careless as well as indecent remarks against Sunil Gavaskar have not
only given solid spices to several TV channels and newspapers, but it must also
have tarnished the image of OCA and the state of Odisha in the cricketing and
cricket loving community of India.
The BCCI may also take strong note of it while
evaluating the report submitted by OCA. And, the former may not take well the
indecent comments made by the OCA Secretary.
While the pertinent questions
at the moment are what really guides and what should guide the OCA to be
disciplined enough and to qualify to host international cricket events at
What the irresponsible comments of Behera suggest
is that the OCA and its Secretary are just doing business in the field of
Cricket without having due respect for the sport, its discipline and the iconic
personalities in it.
And the obvious next question is, who is to be made
accountable if the BCCI initiates disciplinary action against OCA and imposes
ban on Barabati Stadium to host international cricket events?