Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by any competent journalist or historian. - Joseph Pulitzer.
It was only a fortnight ago, on May 19, that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) promised to put a system in place to regulate player agents and ensure that only people who satisfied certain criteria would be allowed to represent cricketers.
Two weeks can seem a generation away when things move as quickly as they did after M Gurunath's name was first mentioned in connection with the spot-fixing scandal that hit the Pepsi IPL. The swiftness with which the focus shifted away from S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan to Gurunath and then N Srinivasan, was matched only by the pace with which the BCCI went from promising speedy probes and harsh measures for the guilty to elevating board-room politics to a finer art than ever.