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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Lateral thinking

Sandeep Dwivedi in the Indian Express suggests Pawar's presumed win could well have been torpedoed on technical reasons.
I don't know what the BCCI constitution says on this (or anything else for that matter -- that document is closely guarded in a Fort Knox type setting); but I seem to recall that in the past, presidential candidates have been nominated by other associations. Need to check that out a bit -- but Sandeep's point, that the postponement of the election hints at a compromise having been worked out, is well taken; that in fact is the impression I get from reading the reportage out of Kolkatta.
Also from the Express, this piece on the position Greg Chappell now confronts.
Ergo, Chappell has his work cut out. Events of the past week show that he knows what he wants, and how to get it. There is still a hard-core of the team that is willing to play the game; witness Mohammed Kaif’s silence, even his brother’s public appreciation that the team comes before the player. Enough material, as Chappell has acknowledged, to work on for 2007. All he needs now is a Board to back him up on the tough decisions, because there will be many in the days to come. And not before time.

11 Comments:

  • Chappell's Interview!

    DISCLAIMER: I have long defended ganguly and still might!

    However, regardless of how wothless or special SG is for indian cricket. I believe GC is NOT the man for the job. he has been talking so big ever since and we have NOT seen positive results. fine fine, I know he is been there a short while but then he didnt pick a club team and is trying to turn it into a competitive outfit. We had a good team which was begining to slip and all he had to do was to put them back on track. And yes, the selectors (by being vague as usual on the captain's appointment) and the ganguly ban has not helped matters. But then GC has NOT achieved any visible, tangible effective change in this side.

    At this rate, we will be thrashed by SL at home and Pak will kill us in January and I want the team to hide before they think of taking on Eng at home.

    Look at this way: Irfan pathan was in the camp before SL (albiet for a short time), so GC has been with him for godd three (2 ODI and 1 Test) series, and everybody can see that he is dropping pace. Well GC has any plans for that or is he going to wait till SL and Pak take him to cleaners and then GC says, "he is a super talent and will bouce back". F*&^ we are sick of players getting back, why the heck are you there then, do something now. And just to remind you, GC had said no to a Bowling coach (not that our Board would have agreed to it).

    As an aside, looking at all these politicians taking interest in the BCCI, i wish we werent a democracy! simply frustating.

    There I think I have vented!!

    By Blogger pg, at 13:32  

  • sorry mate, chappell is the right man for the job. He has guts enough to make the tough decisions and thats what we need. Would you like to have a player who has the right attitude to win and work on his game than someone who is just plain lazy and doesn't work on his fitness? Would you like to have a player who isn't mentally strong anymore? Would you like to be lead by someone who has lost the plot? if so, then choose SG.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 14:03  

  • The best solution is for SG to relinquist his captaincy and that will be great for India. He can go on the side and work on his fitness, his ATTITUDE, and his batting before he can come back.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 14:04  

  • Problem with GC is that he is keen on hogging the lime light. Ever since he got appointed, I have seen a lot of talk about his so called vision but no results yet. The fielding looks below par and less we talk about the attitude of the palyers the better. If I have to go by the recent ODI performance in SL and ZIM, we continue to lose the mental battle easily. GC was in the forefront in his playing days and it will be no different now. He will be an autocrat, a drill master and try to seek attention. I have not seen anything different in our game plan yet. Regardless what happens to SG, I have strong reservation about GC. I think we still have time to step back and think how we want to move forward with our WC 2007 campaign. It won't be a bad idea to chuck out both SG and GC, and star afresh with a new coach, if thats what is needed.

    By Blogger dapolice, at 14:15  

  • I agree. GC seems to me a lot of talk. He has been busy talking the talk but has not produced any tangible results. I belive he is fooling a lot of gullible people by talking about vision, making tough choices etc etc. We have had two ODI series with him. Where is the result?

    By Blogger bouncer, at 15:05  

  • GC is right for the job. Don't expect miracles from day one. Rome was not built in a day. There is a vision that needs to be laid out and a process to execute. For GC these past few months have been the pre-plan phase where he is sussing out the team. Give him and his ideas time to work out otherwise we will end up with Kapil Dev as our coach.

    By Blogger MM, at 15:50  

  • "vision of eloquence"!

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:54  

  • Yes! GC better build a Rome soon otherwise he would get his ass kicked since cricket crazy indians are not very patient, as you know. He would have to kiss the 200k goobye before fading away to the kangaroo land :)

    By Blogger dapolice, at 17:51  

  • Let us not forget one thing...what's GC's stake in this...why would he want to take charge of the team if not to mould it into a world beating one???
    I am sick of hearing comments casting aspersions on him.
    He's a legend, and let us at least give him a fair chance before pulling him down. The cricketers who don't like his methods should get out at the soonest.
    For long we have been seeing such lack of fitness in our teams...if the top man is responsible for this, so be it...he should leave.
    I am surprised at how SG is taking this, he's been v.v.immature in reacting to this...he should have set about proving GC wrong by his actions on the field, not by "leaking" stuff which should be kept in the dressing rooms...doesn't he realise that by behaving like a kiddo, he's proving GC's allegations of himself???

    By Blogger Goodfun27, at 09:11  

  • Let us not forget one thing...what's GC's stake in this...why would he want to take charge of the team if not to mould it into a world beating one???
    I am sick of hearing comments casting aspersions on him.
    He's a legend, and let us at least give him a fair chance before pulling him down. The cricketers who don't like his methods should get out at the soonest.
    For long we have been seeing such lack of fitness in our teams...if the top man is responsible for this, so be it...he should leave.
    I am surprised at how SG is taking this, he's been v.v.immature in reacting to this...he should have set about proving GC wrong by his actions on the field, not by "leaking" stuff which should be kept in the dressing rooms...doesn't he realise that by behaving like a kiddo, he's proving GC's allegations of himself???

    By Blogger Goodfun27, at 09:27  

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