first_imgHowever, off the field BCCI looked set for a complete However, off the field BCCI looked set for a complete overhaul with Supreme Courts stinging observations tightening the noose around the mandarins of the richest sports body. The pandoras box that opened way back in 2013 after the spot-fixing scandal has come to haunt BCCI big time. In between, Jagmohan Dalmiyas death last year followed by Shashank Manohar deciding to leave the home board for the safer confines of independent chairmanship of ICC left current incumbent Anurag Thakur with a crown of thorns. It is a matter of conjecture whether some of the reforms like One State-One Vote, Age Cap of 70 years, cooling off period of three years after each term are easily implementable or not but BCCI is in a tight corner. Around the world, Pink ball Test slowly gained popularity while South Africas series win in Australia and Pakistans praiseworthy performance in England were worth noting. Faf du Plessis ball tampering controversy and a classic hundred at the Adelaide were the highlights of South Africas win against Australia which led to wholesale changes. Englands Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Pakistans Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah along with the ever-dependable Misbah-ul-Haq were some of the star performers in international cricket throughout the year. The private leagues and their impact got bigger as Test cricket in West Indies fought an existential crisis with top players still at loggerheads with countrys cricket board. An eventful and even more colourful 2017 awaits as far as international cricket is concerned. PTI KHS PM ATadvertisementlast_img read more