scratch the surface
The BCCI also heard from Chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarakar who sang a familiar tune, wanting the domestic cricket to be strengthened and a pool of 25-30 cricketers to be identified from which the Indian team should be selected.
On the face of it, the BCCI report appears to gloss over the concern that clouds Indian cricket. But scratch the surface and one can sense that the Board is unwilling to let the players rule the roost and have it their way. Ironically, the deficiencies in the system pointed out by outgoing coach Greg Chappell seemed to form the basis of the roadmap of Indian cricket's future.
Please explain the highlighted parts. (I know individual word meaning but I can't grasp as a whole)
Re: scratch the surface
1: a pool of something - a group of things from which a selection can be made [a car pool or a typing pool are very common examples]
2: On the face of it Looking at the surface of the situation (which means - taking the simple interpretation of the report)
to gloss over appears to put a smooth finish over/make something appears simple - derives from varnishing a piece of furniture to make a glossy surface
3: Ironically, the deficiencies in the system pointed out by outgoing coach Greg Chappell seemed to form the basis of the roadmap of Indian cricket's future. Greg Chappell described the mistakes within the way in which the Indian cricket team was selected. His identification of these can form a protocol/outline for the way in which Indian cricket can change and develop.
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