Talent or just advantage of the system?
Iyer said that till the 1980s, more than half the players in the state teams were Brahmins. Politically, the upper castes are now sharing power with the dominant rural castes (Yadavs, Patels, Jats). Cricket has also grown in the same direction. The columnist raised the question whether Suryakumar Yadav is the best new batsman? Or are they just beneficiaries of a system that has kept Dalits and Adivasis out? At least four Yadav players have represented the country at the international level in cricket this year. These include Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep, Umesh and Jayant. Ajay Yadav plays for Jharkhand and Sanjay Yadav for Tamil Nadu.
Iyer says in his article that some people may say that cricket teams are not government institutions. So, there is no need for quota. However, in a Supreme Court judgment, the EWS quota can be extended to non-profit private institutions as well. When the ambit of quota can be expanded everywhere, will cricket academies, college teams and state cricket teams be left out?
Quota in cricket will be stupid
After raising these questions, Iyer himself answers them. He says that it is a mistake to keep increasing the scope of the quota. Quotas in cricket would be stupid. Bharat will become a laughing stock of the world. A major industry will collapse. India will not be able to stand anywhere in international matches. However, the logic of the Court applies to cricket as well. That’s why this logic is wrong. In the US, quotas based on race have been declared unconstitutional. There is no quota in cricket even in other cricket playing countries.
Why are other countries different? This is because he realized that any quota targeting historical injustices would lead to injustices in the present day. Those from the upper-caste who have never discriminated against anyone and got more marks will be treated unfairly. A little injustice can be done to make up for the injustice done in the past. But, in almost all other countries, it is met through scholarships and schemes instead of quota for social justice. Kota does a lot of injustice. It hurts talent.
What did you think happened?
Iyer said that Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar thought that reservation for SCs and STs would be needed only for 10 years. But, politics has dragged it endlessly. Courts should focus on limiting the quota and preventing it from increasing. However, he has not done so.
According to Iyer, it would be good if someone immediately petitions to implement the quota in cricket. What is applicable to education will certainly apply to cricket as well. This will bring out the truth as to why such quota is not needed. This will realize that instead of increasing the quota, it needs to be limited.