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Monday, September 26, 2005

Enough already

The match-fixing controversy was, I thought, the lowest Indian cricket could sink to; after this, I thought (optimism, you sometimes think, is a vice that needs to be quit cold turkey), nothing can ever be quite as bad.
Hoo boy -- was I wrong! A cricket administration that spent two days in five star luxury in Kolkatta first battling for the pie, then figuring out how to share it, and adjourned without a stroke of work being done is now busy using a critical situation within the team to score political points.
Raj Singh's latest diatribe makes me ask: For someone who constantly describes himself as a 'well-wisher of Indian cricket', how is it that instead of doing what you can to repair the enormous damage the last few days have caused, you are busy trying to make political capital by attacking your friend-turned-foe? How is it that you, who constantly accuse Dalmiya of interfering in team selection, now attempt to pre-empt the work of the review committee and the selectors by calling for Ganguly's immediate sacking? Tritely put, Raj Singh, who are you and what business is it of yours?
Elsewhere, he also suggests that John Wright quit because of the Dalmiya-Ganguly axis. So okay, when did RSD get to know what was going on -- yesterday? Or did he know it at the time? If yes, why did this 'well-wisher' not say a word then; why did he wait for a contentious election to make the allegation? (A bit like Sunny Gavaskar, once Wright had officially quit, writing about how senior players ill-treated the Kiwi coach -- as batting consultant for a while, SG was in the dressing room; he was witness to what happened -- the question is, why did he as a senior Indian cricket official and member of the team dressing room not draw the board's attention to what was going on? Why did he not haul up the concerned players then? Why wait till the man quit, and then write a column on how bad the behavior was?)
Makes me wonder -- the BCCI was quick to put a gag order on the team, presumably in the interests of not making a bad situation worse. Why then is there no gag order on the officials themselves?
You think Raj Singh is the only one playing politics here? Check this out: The Punjab Cricket Association is 'taking serious note' of Harbhajan's comments against Greg Chappell and in support of Saurav Ganguly. The PCA, it needs noting, is aligned with Sharad Pawar and is home turf to Inderjit Singh Bindra.
Harbhajan is a centrally contracted player; he signed his contract with the BCCI, not the PCA. The pre-tour agreement he signed, forbidding him to speak of anything concerning the tour (a standard clause all players sign before every cricket series, that bans you from speaking of team-related matters for a period of up to six months after the tour ends), is a BCCI contract.
As such, it is the business of the BCCI to question him for breach of contract, if any -- so where does the PCA get in on the act?
Isn't it enough that the imbroglio of the past few days has caused long term harm to the team and its prospects, without various power-hungry factions within the cricket administration stirring the pot and making a bad situation infinitely worse?

36 Comments:

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    By Blogger Gizmo, at 11:07  

  • But Prem, it is because of these "well wishers" and "honorary" members that we find ourseleves in the state we are in.

    If there was genuine concern with the well being of Indian Cricket, why would we be facing the situation as it stands now ?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 11:14  

  • what interested me most was RSD saying "once a chucker always a chucker" referring to HS.. Shame!!

    By Blogger SHRI, at 11:15  

  • Can news networks decide to take a stand that no more coverage of cricket, because it is too dirty?

    Can the fans decide to stop following cricket, putting butts on seats, paying for webcasts, participating in blogs?

    We need to do a "cold" restart of Indian cricket, and that might mean pulling the plug on it - atleast for a while

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:18  

  • From Roebuck:
    "Administrators exist to serve the game. They must protect its health and advance its good name. Arguments must take place behind closed doors. Efficiency, diligence, wisdom and patience must be their trade marks. Like schoolboys, they ought not to be seen or heard. "
    Maybe one day we can hope our administrators will wise up.

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 11:18  

  • Prem, RSD is a chatter-box, he is having a field day. If team don't want GC, it is difficult for GC to continue.

    HS is another lazy guy like SG. They don't want any professionalism. Good Luck to Indian cricket. Most of these guys don;t even follown what GC is explaining to them. These guys IQ is like of high school students. Except RD, AK, VVS no one has basic degrees, to follow mgmt concepts.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 11:19  

  • i was with ganguly in school..14 years together,played in the sme team..it does not surprise me to see whats happening here.
    anyone with half a cricket brain will know whats right for indian cricket..but lo and behold..the powers that be..REALLY SUCK, i dont see gangs going anywhre, but indian cricket will be scraping the bottom of the barrel for quite some time to come

    By Blogger manilaman, at 11:21  

  • Hey bala,

    "Can the fans decide to stop following cricket, putting butts on seats, paying for webcasts, participating in blogs?
    "


    I think we as fans can hit the bcci where it hurts, decide to boycott all sponsors of indian cricket and emtpy stadiums till administration becomes more professional. But, do we as fans have the b***s to do it?

    Can we atleast as a show of strength boycott one ODI?

    I doubt that the indian fan has it in him to do that. We just whine and whine and whine...

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 11:22  

  • to me the whole game is down the drain....fuck it and do something better

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:22  

  • will someone please tell me what mr pawar can bring to indian cricket..apart from MORE POLITICS

    By Blogger manilaman, at 11:23  

  • narad
    all this people here are people abroad so does it really matter

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:23  

  • rajg -

    I don't think you need college degrees to develop IQ.
    Having been through the Indian education system myself, I do know what goes on there.

    Indian cricket doesn't need college degrees - what it needs is players with fire in their bellies and a will to work as hard as it takes to succeed. If an illiterate person can do that, so be it.

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:24  

  • ITS TIME WE FANS STARTED THE QUIT GANGULY MOVEMENT

    By Blogger manilaman, at 11:24  

  • Just to clarify, the Indian education system is very rigorous and is great if you put in the hard yards.

    My point was that degrees mean nothing. It is possible to just float along and pick up degrees, even PhDs

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:25  

  • a fire's got to be started somewhere..

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 11:26  

  • Prem - who pays Raj singh? Whats the secret behind him?

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:26  

  • narad -

    I like the idea of "at least one ODI"
    With enough effort, maybe that can be achieved. Just one ODI which gets blacked out by everyone.

    How I wish that can be done...
    Heck, it can be. Prem..?

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:34  

  • A wise, revered man once offered two profound pieces of advice: 1) Why don't you drink a nice tall glass of shut-up juice? 2) Know your role, and shut your mouth!

    Raj Singh would do well to meditate on these pearls of wisdom. Seriously, it's time to haul Raj Singh up before the board and make him apologise for the people he's defamed. And then to suspend him some time in punishment. "Once a chucker, always a chucker" is just not on.

    Prem, what do you think of Harbhajan's accusation that Chappell accused Harbhajan of under-performing?

    By Blogger roublen, at 11:34  

  • Well, an accusation of underperforming is so nebulous that it cannot be proved or disproved.

    For instance, a statement like "You haven't bowled well in the recent ODIs, the ones where RD was captain".

    It is just hot air.

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:37  

  • Bala, i know degrees mean nothing..what i meant was, HS, ZK are from such background, they cannot understand any new concepts. They are not willing to change. Trying to attack coach for asking them to do their job....

    By Blogger Rajg, at 11:37  

  • Again, the stament can be interpreted as an accusation, statement of fact or query (is there a problem?

    By Blogger Bala, at 11:38  

  • I found Sourav and Chappel are made for each other !In a different note, i thought the toilet paper woun't go any low after worshipping the marxists over all these years, sure some of them have been bribed by the KGB.

    Here is the toilet paper link on how Gang and Chappel are made for each other. http://cricket.indiatimes.com/quickies/1243167.cms

    By Blogger biz0, at 11:40  

  • Prem,

    Great post! Can't understand how these people can stoop so low to serve their own purpose. It's terribly sad to see the way this whole story is unfolding.

    And I actually thought the BCCI was late in gagging the players as it is. I thought it should have been done as soon as VVS came out with his statement. Instead the BCCI waited till SG and HS made their remarks.

    It's very, very tough to digest what's going on right now...and what makes it worse is that, at the end of all of this, I don't think we'll see decisions being made on 'What's best for Indian cricket', rather I expect something along the lines 'What's best for me'...*shiver up my spine*

    By Blogger rp, at 11:42  

  • The BCCI shouldn't gaag the players in airing their greivances, though I open with BBCI punishing those who say unsavoury things, punishing with open reasons. The stalinists are good at gagging, and we won't know a thing, but for some enterprising and lonely journalist.

    By Blogger biz0, at 11:47  

  • this makes a very interesting case...the PCA summoning Harbajan.

    This makes one think that they are against Harbajan supporting Ganguly.

    If that was the case, then why was it suggested that Yuvi was picked in the test team to satisfy the PCA, considering that one knew all along that PCA and Bindra were dead against Dalmiya and nothing is going to pacify them. Least of all, does it matter to them if Yuvi got selected or not..

    Does this again mean, Ganguly simply floated the possiblity of the PCA just to get his favoured players in..??

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 11:49  

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    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 11:49  

  • Tiger,
    I believe Raj Singh is a wealthy person capable of paying others.
    Some wealth is in the family and the other must be from cricket.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 11:49  

  • Prem, is there a legal way to gag Dungarpur?

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 11:51  

  • cricktip:

    The only way to gag Dungarpur is to glue a whiskey bottle on his mouth...

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 11:54  

  • I have only one Q for RSD.

    What makes him think that Bhajji is a chucker ?

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 11:54  

  • Prem...My post earlier during the day "He also came down severely on Harbhajan Singh's statement yesterday supporting his captain. "He should concentrate on his arm, rather than talk about whether Ganguly is right or wrong," he said. "Once a chucker always a chucker," was his verdict on India's talented off spinner who recently crossed the 200 wicket mark in Test cricket. " Coming from a person like Rajsingh Dungarpur, whose only claim to cricketing sense is that he played 'one' first class match,speaks volumes for the kind of stuff this country is made of.People go down to the lowest levels to berate people only to get their view point in.Also note, this is the man who unceremoniously threw Srikkanth out after a successful tour of Pakistan(under trying circumstances), brought in a person as captain who ended up taking the entire country for a ride because of his 'fixation" for making money on the sly.And what better qualifications can one have to comment on people who have scored runs or taken wickets that Rajsingh and his family could have only dreamt of doing across probably a few generations

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 11:57  

  • forget the accusations that HS has made
    I think he has got serious attitude problems
    When GC took charge of the team, he organised a session on de Bono's Six Thinking Caps.
    After teh session, some journo asked him how the session was and this guy replies - I have only one cap and points to the one he was wearing
    The session may not have been effective or useful
    But when teh coach is taking effort to organise such things, teh players shud respond positively

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 11:58  

  • Manilaman..Can we understand what is it that experienced with SG in yr school team that qualfies u to lead a 'Quit SG' movement??

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 12:02  

  • Thanks Ruchir.

    Humor laced with truth or filled with truth more appropiate!

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 12:27  

  • Don't you know Prem, that Mr.Sunny Gavaskar is a cat on the wall? If the Board folks are politicians, this guy is a big diplomat. He serves lot of honorary posts not just appointed by BCCI but in ICC too, just because of his "cat on the wall" mentality. You are talking about why this guy didn't bring the issue of Wright vs some seniors to the attention of the board. But I am asking what did he do, as a batting consultant (his primary job) for the problmes that are faced by Indian batsman against McGrath & co?

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