BCCI influenced jury to name Dhoni ‘Man of the Match’: Indian media

Published: January 9, 2013

Dhoni was awarded the Man of the Match title on scoring 36 runs off 55 balls in the final ODI against Pakistan. PHOTO: BCCI

The Indian cricket board has been accused of influencing the jury into naming captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni the “Man of the Match” in the last ODI played against Pakistan.

According to Headlines Today, insiders said that a senior and noted commentator received a call from a senior official of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and was “clearly told to ensure Dhoni was named Man of the Match”.

The commentator proposed Dhoni’s name during the jury meeting and he was consequently awarded the title as a “consolation prize”. According to Headlines Today, the official who had called “was influential enough to ensure the decision was taken”.

A former cricketer, who was part of the jury and voted in Dhoni’s favour, told Times of India that the decision was taken to boost Dhoni’s morale at the time when he was not doing well.

Pakistani cricket fans were upset when Dhoni was awarded the title on scoring 36 runs off 55 balls in the final ODI. They suggested that Saeed Ajmal should have received the award instead for taking five wickets in 9.4 overs and giving only 24 runs.

Sources also told Times of India that the Pakistani team had unofficially complained to the commentators for not choosing opening batsman Nasir Jamshed in the first ODI played in Chennai. They said Jamshed had scored a match-winning century but the award was given to Dhoni.

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Reader Comments (66)

  • Mr T
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Typical petty indian mentality…


  • PakiKaka
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Okay so someone explain something to me. If Dhoni got two man of the match awards in the three one day matches why didn’t he get the man of the series award?
    Nasir left his man of the series trophy in india… why dont you cheat indians steal it and give it to dhoni as well.


  • De
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Cash is king. Idealistic things such as transparency, fairness don’t matter in front of money.Recommend

  • waqas
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:29PM

    It happens only in India!! lol…


  • Analyzer
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:38PM

    We Pakistanis don’t care about the Indian board giving lollipops to their captain, but they have shown their inferior sporting spirit by resorting to such measures.


  • Jan 9, 2013 - 3:41PM

    The realization of “perhaps-wrong-person-awarded” whether at ICC awards or in Pak/Ind series, is enough to decide who deserves the award.

    Saeed Ajmal is above all. He doesn’t need these petty awards


  • JB
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:44PM

    That was not really a surprise was it?


  • Muhammad Usama Aziz
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:45PM

    As always, ICC(Indian Cricket Council) wont say anything!!


  • Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Sad to see, money and influence prevail of sentiments.

    Cricket is no more a game of talent and sentiments its just Money!


  • JJ
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:50PM

    Should ICC take any action or there is LAW for it?


  • Random
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:51PM

    once a cheat always a cheat….


  • Humble Pie
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:55PM

    What is the big deal with the man of the match awards. Important thing is Pakistan won the series.

    2ndly, man of the match for 3rd ODI should have been Jadeja as he scored 20+ important runs, bowled a tight spell and fielded superbly to save few runs. Ajmal had only bowled well under the conditions that were very supportive for the bowlers.


  • imran
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:55PM

    where is icc?? i bet its hijacked by anti-pakistan elements.. which only come into active when there is something wrong about pakistan ….shame shame on icc


  • Born Political
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:01PM

    When your power grows too much, everyone starts hating you. BCCI, you should be concerned of remarks on social media.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:03PM

    For once, I am with Pakistan on this one. But again, BCCI no longer represents India. It only represents a Chennai based IPL team.


  • Historian 1
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:03PM

    Whoever thinks cricket is a sport now a days is a fool. Cricket is a ” big business ” since Kerry packer days.


  • comment
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:08PM

    Would appreciate, if someone can confirm the news.

    Any Indian fans??


  • Rizvi
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:11PM

    I am most certain that the “senior and noted commentator” is the most biased commentator ever, RAVI Shastri.


  • Madara
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:12PM

    Harsha Bhogle on Man of the match on twitter.



  • Haris Khan
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:14PM

    This shows how much influence BCCI has on Cricketing World


  • socko
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:16PM

    if People say something that goes against pakistan, they call it conspiracy theory, even though it is proved to be true that Pakistan cheated… But if someone alleges an Indian or an indian institution of any mis-deed it is accepted as an absolute truth..

    BTW< let me tell you, our ghairat does not depend on who gets the man of the match in a cricket match.. Even losing a match is not a ghairat issue.. We Indians take it as sport. Of course, Indians feel bad when India loses, and feel worse if it loses against Pakistan..

    But that does not mean that India will go to any depth to influence an unjust outcome.. We Indians appreciate Pakistan team, that they did a good job and thus won the series… But that does not mean that you spread rumors and allegations.. If Pak cricket boarrd believes Indians influenced wrongly, then they should register a complaint in ICC against BCCI and provide any/all the proof they have. If this gets proved, I am sure Indian Board will not resist punishing the person involved.


  • Target
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:30PM

    Where are the ‘Pakistan Bashing Brigade of Indian Trolls” now?

    Either planning to rape more poor Indian girls or the favorite pass time of defecating on the streets…..

    India shining and Indians whining!! lol


  • zubair
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Tundiye baad-e-mukhalif se na ghabra aye ukaab….Ye to chalti he tujhe uncha uranay ke liye. Having said this, we Pakistanis will never be demoralised by biased BCCI and ICC


  • Ed Mal
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:34PM

    Dhoni deserved this after the “dhulai” he had to face!
    I’ve seen aunties handout such sweets to their “ladla” bacha when he takes a fall.
    “na munna na… gir gaye? zameen ko pup karo aur lollipop khao!”


  • Salman
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:37PM

    This my friend is THE BANYAPAN which will never die even after 1000 years!!!!!


  • Ahmad Abdullah
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:37PM

    We also saw similar actions by the Indians during Kabaddi World Cup; like not issuing visa to Pakistani officials, no action after positive dope test results etc. PCB is honor-bound to lodge official complaint with the ICC, even if they don’t take action.

    Anyway, we outperformed them in all aspects, who cares about their biased awards.


  • Shahzad Janjuah
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:46PM

    Aur dau “Most Favorite Nation” the title. Two Nation Theory still prevails and it will always be!!!


  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:53PM

    raise morale???
    as sports man dhoni shud be ashamed of it.


  • Mika
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:00PM

    Good think to take from this that India has few people speaking the truth.


  • SS
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:02PM

    @Comment: Go to the link of the website provide in the article


  • Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:07PM

    smells fishy

    Was the match fixed as well ?


  • Flipside
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:10PM

    how sad is this !! that the jury was influenced to change their dicussion…. That was ajmals best career figures !!! What did Dhoni do?


  • Troll Terminator
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:12PM

    lol @ India. They even backed off from another series with Pakistan, such a cry babies, It was hilarious to watch them dance all over the ground after Delhi win as if they’ve won the series. Everything is a reality drama over there.


  • Someone
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Welcome to the biggest democracy in the world!


  • Faryal G
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Indian trolls… conspicuous by their absence… hahaha


  • DoosraTeesra
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:21PM

    This is appalling, disgusting and down right pathetic.

    I would say its a big robbery. When the deserving player is robbed of his prize. Saeed Ajmal was most deserving of it. 5/24 in 9.4 is no child’s play

    This simply shows how biased were the commentators were. India should be ashamed for displaying inferiority sporting spirit.


  • Faryal G
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Yea right… Dude, these paid indian trolls only spring up when they have a chance to diss Pakistan. When india does something wrong… you wont see them miles around you… lmao


  • JT
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @Humble Pie: ye app ney kya marayee ha ? :S


  • salaar
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Shocked to see the double face of BCCI. This could only happen in India.
    Aman ke Asha zindabad :P


  • Mrs Tanveer
    Jan 9, 2013 - 5:53PM

    I think if they didn’t choice Dhona to man of the match than – Lalu Parasad Yadev was the confirmed ‘man of the match’ because he listened whole match on his radio.


  • Deedi
    Jan 9, 2013 - 6:25PM

    It happens only in india…. tan tan tan tan tan… (that was music – and the original score is quite good actually, as a Pakistani, I’ve been raised to appreciate a good thing regardless of its origin).


  • varun
    Jan 9, 2013 - 6:48PM

    now i will stop watching cricket
    i am an indian but seriously someone else should have got that award instead of that politician dhoni who is leading indian cricket into an endless pit


  • Farhan
    Jan 9, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Its unfair to Saeed Ajmal for not receiving the award for a fantastic display of bowling that put the Indian line up in a spin. You could tell from a mile away that Dhoni was given this MOM award because he is under immense pressure because of the continued failure of the Indian team. The article admits as much by saying.This is not necessarily an Anti-Pakistan thing. Dhoni has the award but he is not out of the woods yet. The knives are out for him and this award is equivalent of giving a soldier who has run out of ammo, one more bullet against a charge by the enemy. He might kill one more enemy soldier but is probably not going survive the battle.

    Personally speaking if i was Dhoni, i would be insulted by this award, seeing as to how such a talented player who has won his team the World Cup is being reduced to validating his captaincy with such gimmicks as this MOM award.


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 9, 2013 - 7:05PM

    At the end of the day what matters is that Pakistan besides the Aussies is the only team which has beaten India in a bilateral ODI series in India twice in the last decade. This series also marked the emergence of Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshed who inshallah would be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Last but not the least, our bowling line sidelined the destructive Sehwag perhaps permanently and made mince meat out of their over-inflated and fabled batting line-up.


  • Truth detector
    Jan 9, 2013 - 7:14PM

    What a cry babies Indians are !!! Indian cricket is know for three things nowadays:


  • GreenOval
    Jan 9, 2013 - 7:52PM

    No worries, it’s just a simple case of JUI (Jury Under the Influence) similar to DUI (Driving Under the Influence), you loose senses and become incompetent. Ajmal was robbed for the 2nd time but no one can take away his achievements.


  • Pinky
    Jan 9, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Oh so thats why BCCI rejected series with Pak even on neutral venue.They wudnt have been able to influence jury for Dhoni.


  • sensible
    Jan 9, 2013 - 8:07PM

    what else you can expect from those two morons i.e gavaskar and shastri, who are on the pyroll of BCCI. If Dhoni had any self respect he should’ve decline this award.


  • Nathan
    Jan 9, 2013 - 8:09PM

    Funny to see how get selective while refering to “Indian Media” . Its described as having no credibility in just the article above!


  • Vikas
    Jan 9, 2013 - 8:22PM

    You guys are lucky to lost WC semifinal. Even if you guys have won the final, we would not have had you guys take the cup back home. Understand this pretty well.


  • Omar
    Jan 9, 2013 - 9:10PM

    We took the series cup home this time…..
    What dd u do????
    Go and try to not get whitewashed by England in the ODI.
    Coz England will whitewash u just like Pakistan nearly did
    And top crying


  • Anya
    Jan 9, 2013 - 9:41PM

    I was also very surprised when i heard MS Dhoni won the Man of the Match award!!!
    Ajmal deserved it,with the best figures 24/5 in his One day career. Jadeja also would have been a close call for his valuable 27 runs in the end and conceding only 19 runs in 10 overs and getting a wicket.Anyways don’t what is BCCI is trying to these days.You just can’t give away the award to boost up a players morale. These decisions have to be fair.But MS Dhoni deserved the first Man of the Match award, to pull a team from 29/5 to 227/6 single handedly is not easy.There is no rule the player of the winning Team receives the award. MS Dhoni stood out that day so he got the award,same as Ajmal, he deserved it. But Mr Captain was also surprised and said for him the fielders were the Man of the Match.So i guess the Captain is at least not being blamed for this one!!!


  • Anya
    Jan 9, 2013 - 9:44PM

    I was also very surprised when i heard MS Dhoni won the Man of the Match award!!!
    Ajmal deserved it,with the best figures 24/5 in his One day career. Jadeja also would have been a close call for his valuable 27 runs in the end and conceding only 19 runs in 10 overs and getting a wicket.Anyways don’t what is BCCI is trying to these days.You just can’t give away the award to boost up a players morale. These decisions have to be fair.But MS Dhoni deserved the first Man of the Match award, to pull a team from 29/5 to 227/6 single handedly is not easy.There is no rule the player of the winning Team receives the award. MS Dhoni stood out that day so he got the award,same as Ajmal, he deserved it. But Mr Captain was also surprised and said for him the fielders were the Man of the Match.So i guess they are not blaming the Captain for this one!!!


  • Adnan
    Jan 9, 2013 - 10:54PM

    Sorry- disagree with all of you. I dont think either Dhoni nor Ajmal should have got the award.

    I think the award should have gone to Billy Bowden for his outstanding umpiring without which India would never have won the match!!!!


  • Adnan
    Jan 9, 2013 - 11:28PM

    Shastri is the one who said Kamran Akmal was ‘plumb’ (LBW) when the ball hit him on the thigh!LOL!!!!


  • bilal
    Jan 9, 2013 - 11:36PM

    sad politics should not be part of sports


  • PakiKaka
    Jan 10, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Oh i dont believe this…
    where are the usual indian trolls like yoghurt lover, gp65, brute force and all… hahahaha… they have hidden their faces…Recommend

  • najmuddin khan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 12:32AM

    they have craze for medals not for performance.


  • Advait
    Jan 10, 2013 - 1:34AM

    I am Indian and this is deeply humiliating. Shame on you BCCI.


  • MSR
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:49AM

    Im wondering where are our Indian friends who seem to be reading only ET and commenting on its blogs, rather, than reading some Indian NPs.
    Please come-up with your thought provoking and insightful analysis which you usually have while reading something bad about Pakistan and its societal problems.
    Come forward and talk about this highly ‘commendable’ act of BCCI.


    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:21AM

    @Ahmad Abdullah:
    Mr. Ahmad we praise Pakistan team they win the series by playing good cricket giving man of the match may be wrong but commenting about world Kabaddi cup is not understood the Pakistan team played very well and if they lose to Panjab not India does not matter because both teams belonged to Panjab and we are proud but in the coming days the Iranis and other teams may defeat both PANJABS WAIT and see.


  • Arif
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:29AM

    Dear Socko….
    It is not the Pakistanis who are complaining, its “your own media” which has criticised award of two man of the match awards to Mr. Dhoni, which he probably did not deserve. Plz read the news clipping again.


  • Liberal
    Jan 10, 2013 - 9:28AM

    Don’t complain guys, this is part of the game. Instead we should learn from the world champions not only in cricket but in other walks of life also. They are a tolerant society whereas we are busy in persecuting minorities. They have climbed the economic ladder and we are still looking for IMF. So we should learn from their liberal values if want to progress.


  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:58AM



  • Tanweer
    Jan 10, 2013 - 11:54AM

    its simple and straight controversial decision if dhoni is decided two time man of the match out of three then why he is not man of the series?


  • Baqar
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:48AM

    Nasir Jamshed forgot his ‘man of the series’ trophy in India perhaps they can also give it to Dhuuuuni ! or they can give it to Kohli hehe A gya tha Pakistan :P


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