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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

What's with Windies cricket?

Back for a bit, one eye on the ritual annihilation of Bangladesh, the other on recent developments in the cricket world.
Windies cricket appears to be in terminal decline -- the situation getting to be so bad, they can't even get candidates for the post of board president.
The West Indies Cricket Board has postponed its annual meeting to allow more time to receive nominations for the posts of president and vice-president, an official said.
The board received no nominations for either post by Thursday's deadline, prompting it to postpone the meeting from July 17 to August 7, cricket board spokesman Leonard Robertson said late Friday. Nominations must be submitted 30 days before the meeting.

A hard-hitting piece by Vaneisa Baksh on Cricinfo argues it is not just a lack of candidates. Two good ones in Derryck Murray and Clive Lloyd, she says, came up -- and went down, for no fault of theirs.
The substandard arguments against them require little rebuttal. In the case of Deryck Murray, his sin was his challenge for the leadership of the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board of Control that left him persona non grata locally, and by extension within the regional cabal. None of the other boards dares to nominate him if his local board would not. Murray has ample experience, knowledge, and business background, and his commitment to cricket development is sound. Why should he be excluded?
As for Lloyd's eligibility, questioned by the TTCBC in relation to his residential status, can we have confidence in a body that would resort to such pedantry to block the former captain's contribution?

Closer home, in-fighting within the BCCI ranks gets into overdrive. Less than a month after Kamal Morarka spearheaded a move to get Lalit Modi ousted from the Rajasthan Cricket Association, Morarka has been suspended.
The gloves are now well and truly off, with the Dalmiya faction, of which Morarka is a key component, and the Modi faction locked in battle for control of the board. (Those wanting an up-close look into the mind of this man should check out a three-part interview Faisal Shariff did for Rediff, some four years back).


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