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Monday, September 26, 2005

Courting confusion

And now the question of the BCCI's annual election is with the Supreme Court. What an advertisement for the administrative skills of this body -- it has for two years in succession been incapable of conducting a smooth annual general body meeting -- and we expect it to conduct cricket in the country? As Harsha pointed out in his latest column:
Every country has two sides playing for it. India’s cricketers, one of those two sides, were playing in Zimbabwe. India’s administrators, the other side, were scheming, politicking, adjourning, quarrelling...choose a word from that family and you won’t be wrong. If what they were doing had anything to do with Indian cricket, it was remarkably hidden.
These are serious times in Indian cricket and the administration cannot be a burden. Teams must play the opposition, not get derailed by their own. An extraordinary degree of shrewdness has been demonstrated in the effort to either gain, or hold on to, power. Hardly any part of it is visible in the development of Indian cricket.


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    By Blogger Online Web Solutions, at 11:21  

  • I think the Government of India should step in, dissolve the BCCI, appoint an interim management committee and set up an administration that is based on remuneration and accountability.

    Is that possible?

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:28  

  • bala:

    Of course, that is possible. The only thing is that once GOI steps in, it won't leave it's control over cricket. It will become a part of Sports Authority of India and will gradually fall to the standards of Hockey. Probably, some reitred "tharki" IPS office will become the president and soon we will find it hard to win against ZIM, BD, KEN etc... :-)

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 11:38  

  • Two things -

    Perhaps GoI can do it as an interim measure. As I said, they can have a system based on remuneration and accountability.

    Besides, isnt it already retired (or ought to be retired) "tharkis" running the show already :-)

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:44  

  • It's amazing, Prem, that you still find words to describe the mess that Indian Cricket has got itself into. I, for my part, am speechless. Everyone in this saga has his axe to grind which bodes ill for Indian cricket. Do you expect any concrete results from the review committee? I do not - mainly because this is a he says-he says situation. Mark my words, a patch-up will be attempted and BCCI will announce that everything's hunky-dory. Meanwhile GC will tear his hair out of frustration, SG will smile smugly and India will continue to slide in performance. When there is a cash trough like Indian Cricket pigs surely will flock. The abysmalfulness is terrific!

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 11:53  

  • The question that needs to be sorted out is...Does India cricket remain the way Cricket is being handled the world over or go the Football way.

    If Ganguly selects players according to his whims and fancies, there is nothing much you can do about it. It is his team and he can select whoever he can from the 14 he has for selection.

    and again, he will live or die by it. Going by his ODI record, he has to die by it

    Going by his test record, he will live by it.

    Hard luck for the likes of Vrao, Kaif,balaji and M karthik...But its his team and until we decide that decisions are to be made my the team management and not vetoed by the captain at the time of toss..

    Im afraid, there is nothing much that can be done.

    and thinking further, Ganguly wins the case on one count..for the Tests and Greg wins it for the ODI's.

    Hard times and I see us losing big time to SL first. Boy...

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 11:53  

  • Poor administration and management by BCCI is the root cause of all that ails Indian cricket. The ugly spat between GC and SG is only one outcome from an ill-advised and sick administrative body.

    Prem: For Indian cricket to sruvive and grow, BCCI needs to be banished and a new cricketing body established. Any idea, if this is possible? Who has the authority to do it?

    I remember Prakash Padukone trying something similar in the early 90s to save Badminton from poor administrators but with almost no success. If BCCI cannot be replaced or reformed, the plight of WI cricket awaits Indian cricket.

    And, oh btw, SG needs to be fired immediately!!

    By Blogger saum, at 12:05  

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