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Friday, July 15, 2005

Write and wrong

Poor Bajji -- some bloke desperate to fill space pulled his name out of a hat, seemingly, for this hatchet job.
Three incidents are referred to, here. One is his tearing down of the menu cards during his National Cricket Academy days. The facts are these: In the early days of the NCA, much song and dance was made -- by way of lectures, slide shows, power point presentations and such -- of the ideal diet for a sportsman; the trainees -- and bear in mind, this was resideential -- were given a lot of funda about what they should eat, and what they should avoid.
Trouble was, they would then come down for breakfast -- and find upma and a banana, or some such insipid stuff. It got to where the lads actually began feeling undernourished -- and Bajji, an excitable character at the best of times, on one occasion said why do you guys give us all these speeches about good food, and then serve us this crap? And he tore the menu cards down, because what was on the cards, and what was on the table, bore the resemblance chalk does to cheese.
Item two -- the Bristol imbroglio. Just wondering -- on the scale of on-field confrontations, would it rate on par, say, with Hayden's face off with Simon Jones and half the English squad in the Natwest series? Or the Michael Slater-led gherao of Rahul Dravid when the Aussies came touring under Steve Waugh? Or any of McGrath's famed exhibitions of "gamesmanship"? Or... you get the point? There was an on-field to-do -- wasn't the first of its kind, won't be the last. So?
That leaves the bus incident -- which I won't directly comment on, becos I wasn't there, nor do I have any other means of knowing what went on. Strikes me, though, that all we have is one anonymous somebody alleging that Bajji was abusive.
Would have been nice if a reporter asked Bajji what the problem was. Could it be, for instance, a case of enforcing a rule not wisely, but too well? A typical demonstration of red-tape strangling common-sense?
For instance -- could it be that a busload of players had already left -- and there wasn't likely to be another busload for quite some time? Could it be that Bajji tried pointing out, to some babu type with his nose in the rule book, that it didn't make sense for tired cricketers to hang around indefinitely, simply to fill some arbitrary quota? And when sense didn't penetrate, he lost it?
Far as I can see, two out of three incidents mentioned are non-events; which makes me wonder why they have been strung together to paint the picture of a serial-abuser. Tell you what, guys, be damned glad when the cricket starts again -- at least then, there will be something genuine to write about.

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