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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Jaggu Dalmiya for the defense

The board boss -- oops, sorry, the Cricket Association of Bengal boss, I forgot he wasn't the latter -- in an interview with DNA says the whole controversy was sorted out earlier.
As far as I’m concerned, this matter was sorted out earlier, and this story has been spread for personal gains.

I have a question: This 'matter', as he calls it, relates to the captaincy, and to the intrinsic health of the Indian team. In what capacity did he 'sort it out'? And what form did the 'sorting out' take, and when? Or is he merely saying he heard it was sorted out?
Just what role does this gent play in the BCCI anyway? Is it akin to Sonia Gandhi's, in the government?


  • "People had taken my goodness for weakness"

    sometimes, words fail.

    I think Dalmiya's reaction to the email will be like the man caught cheating in the Walter Matthau movie. Who's cheating? What? Where? What are you talking about? What?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:13  

  • Notice how it is all I, me, myself? You would think he runs the board (I mean, we know he does, but he is not supposed to).

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:16  

  • That in fact is the really hilarious part -- if a guy from Mars were to read that interview, he would think Dalmiya was the candidate, wouldn't he?

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:16  

  • bottom line is that Jaggu is still in charge, right? So wont he be calling the shots on Tuesday at the review?

    By Blogger Tiger, at 22:26  

  • I think it was written somewhere that Mahendra was tired of being thought of as Dalmiya's puppet. Dalmiya apparently isn't afraid of any such thing;) Or if he is afraid of anything, he knows how to lie about it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:32  

  • tiger: Yes, but there are some things he cannot do, and sweep this under the carpet is one of them.
    Can you imagine the enormous uproar there will be if he tries? Sure, the BCCI mostly doesnt care for public opinion, but if the whole nation gets in a ferment -- and you can bet as people wake up and read this, it will -- he knows to do the smart thing.
    Another problem for him is, the election is still pending. Make one wrong move now, and trying to sweep this aside is as wrong as it can get, and his chances are kaput. Had the elections been over, and had he won, he might take a chance on riding out the storm -- as it turns out, the postponement is a stroke of luck

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:33  

  • So Prem,

    Is this really the end of SG? I am still skeptical because of the way Jaggu has been able to manipulate things in the past

    By Blogger suraj, at 22:45  

  • Prem, what is your take on the review ocmmittee... Jaggu, from his comments, will support SG to the hilt. so will the old SG (khiladiyon ka khiladi that he is). Then u have RSM and SK - Jaggu's men. You are left with just RS and SV - 2 men with very independent and strong views. So is it going to be a case of 2 supporting GC Vs 4 supporting SG?

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 22:46  

  • On what basis did Jaggu find a place in the review committee? RSM is tresidenta dn SK is teh secreatry. Jaggu - as CAB president, or as Asian Cricket Council chief or as Afro-Asian council chief?

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 22:56  

  • shyam: It's like I keep saying, boss. It is no longer a question of who the committee is, or how they lineup on the pro and anti side. The problem is now out in the open... you can put Mahatma Gandhi in that committee, and even he wouldn't have had the stature to try and sweep this aside; come up with polite pap about "misunderstandings all sorted out now"... because the questions are public, and the people will demand answers.
    Besides which, I don't think the media will now let go -- for way too long, they have been keeping quiet, because there was no point in talking. If you raised things you heard (you should know, I mentioned only innocuous stuff on this blog and promptly got labelled a Ganguly hater -- not that I mind, but when you frame the debate that way, where is the debate?), you were shouted down, or some official made a statement that it was all a media creation.
    Now it is out in the open. And you cannot get away without answering one basic question: Did Chappell lie? If yes, why is he still the coach? Or did Chappell tell the truth? If yes, why is a non-performing, scheming individual who has -- if GC is telling the truth, mind -- created more mayhem in the dressing room than we saw even in the time of Azhar still in the team?
    A committee comprising the top gods of the pantheon could not get away without a clear answer to those two interlinked questions -- which is why I believe it doesnt matter who the committee is, there is not sufficient whitewash in the world to brush this over with.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:59  

  • prem...just noticed that u have raised the same issue of jaggu in the committee on another thread. The question is: is there anytrhing we can do about Jaggu and the way BCCI functions? How can it be made into a more professional outfit? Even the PCB has got a CEO I guess.If only BCCI can be revamped and some sports management professionals be roped it...same applies to the football federation, hockey federation, Indian Olympic committee etc
    we have got Jaggus everywhere: Snatosh Mohan Deb in football, KPS Gill in hockey, Suresh Kalmadi in the olympic committee...
    The list goes on
    Can't we do anything about this?

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 23:09  

  • shyam: sure. revolt. take to the streets. flood the government with petitions suggesting you are sick and tired of how the bcci functions.
    there was a time when there was public outrage, and the government actually stepped in, demanded the bcci come up with a vision statement, demanded an action plan, threatened to revoke its tax exempt status.
    But then, the public outrage fizzled out -- we are like the french, give us bread and cricket circus, and we forget, till the next mess up. so, once the attention was off, jaggu and the rest, with help from the politicians already in the bcci, smoothed things over and in fact got Dindsa, the then sports minister who was playing an activist role, shunted aside.
    You know, when Dhindsa was the sports minister, he was so mindful of the public angst, he took to calling various journalists to delhi to get the inside story. I spent a day with him, answering his questions, producing facts and figures, and when asked, suggesting what I thought the government could do without getting fully involved in cricket administration.
    for his ouster, blame the politicos the bcci has been filled with -- jetley, pawar, lallu yadav, rajiv shukla, the whole darn gang

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 23:16  

  • chalo, guys, i think i'll go watch some more cricket. the more you talk of this, the more depressing it all gets

    good night all, see you tomorrow, if something else happens, else monday

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 23:17  

  • Geez, remember I was telling you I needed antidotes?
    Watch the India-New Zealand game in the WC for total team effort; watch SG's blitz against Kenya in the semis for scintillant batting. Watch Sachin. Yuvi. Kaif. Watch the three seamers destroy opposition batting lineups. Christ, what it must have taken, to reduce that team to this. Whoever is responsible deserves to be publicly censured.
    Oh well. Back to watching, even though next up is the final. Adios, guys

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 23:54  

  • Prem,

    SG was the one who forced VVS out of the world cup squad . Brijesh Patel mentioned this before :he was the chairman of selectors when the WC squad was picked .SG along with JW gave stats about VVS declining form and forced B.Patel to drop him. Now, why this Drama about VVS ?

    By Blogger PODI, at 00:37  

  • i was exactly thinking like what shyam has mentioned here. we as fans should have an associations and prevent leeches like JD in wrong places. we should have a say in evil things going on with the board.

    something more than just being an fan army like barmy army.

    its time for that. but how do we do this ? there could be glitches.
    99% bengalis support ganguly being a fine batsman and captain but my cricinfo stats guru doesnt agree with that. oh well .

    By Blogger PreHistoric Bird, at 03:33  

  • prehistoric bird
    am all for an association or something to that effect mate
    we need to let BCCI know that Indian Cricket is what it is because of us
    we demand dedication, commitment and performance from the team members
    in the current team, i think too many take their places for granted
    I am neither pro- nor anti- any one
    but let us go by facts and by what we see
    I think ZK is the laziest cricketer in the world
    I still remember the Mohali test against NZ in Oct-Nov 2003
    On a pitch offering assitance to the fast bowlers, this guy leisurely runs up to crease and delivers the first ball of the test at 117 Kph
    Can you believe it?
    Michael Holding keeps insisting on commentary (he did it during the Ashes series also) that bowlers should get warmed up in the nets
    And ZK has been in the team for 5 years now
    Funny how no one ever asked him to shape up
    And now when someone asks him to do that, he comes up with statements like dressing room environment is upsetting
    and now these guys are planning to write to BCCI complaining about GC
    That is the funniest part
    They are complaining that GC makes them work hard

    I think we need to let BCCI and the team know that dedication, hard work, commitment and performance - only these things can satisfy the Indian fans

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 08:04  

  • Hi all,
    I would support for Greg Chappell's suggestion as India can not afford to loose one more final or matches with same reason(s) like poor fielding, poor fitness, and poor batting performance.
    We had lost almost 20 finals at stretch and still support Soaurav? Soaurav is not India? Its country that he represents as caption to other cricketing nations. Its not his business or private affair where he can still manage to fiddle with settings and run away with stupid injuries problem. We look very strong on paper but when it comes to deliver, we failed as cricketing nations. Either we stop to play cricket or improve from the point where we stand. We had still not produced good front-line bowler who can win matches for India.
    Look at the ranking where we stand? Cricket is the only game in India, which is being followed at religious level and still we are at the bottom.

    Its country as India mattered, I don't care, which caption had won for India. As they had already endorsed themselves with money in advertising(s) and credited their accounts and bank balances. It only matters whether India has lost or won against country? Why we accept such as low standards when we are playing and preparing for World Cup 2007.

    As india looks for more win,.. not saurav or gaurav ( GChappell).


    By Blogger Aditya ..., at 08:50  

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