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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Laughter therapy

If Ranbir Singh Mahindra were a car, you would need to send him to the garage for a tune-up -- his mouth works faster than his mind.
Consider this, from the PTI story on the review meeting:
Replying to a question, he said the committee's decision would go before the Board's working committee which can review. However, he expressed confidence that the working committee would not review it and these decisions would be implemented.

Excuse me while I laugh -- we all know the various committees within the BCCI are mere rubber stamps (expensive ones, sure, but rubber stamps all the same); but did Mahindra have to be quite so blatant about it?
'I will put this before the working committee but they better not work on it' -- *LOL*
Oh, and on a related note, this:
He said any decision on Ganguly's captaincy would have to be decided by the national selectors.

How precisely will the national selectors decide, and when? This selection committee has, for one thing, already expired, and is now on life support system. Secondly, you have clearly indicated that Chappell and Ganguly have to work together as captain and coach, so where is there anything for the selection committee to decide?
Is this like, 'We have left the decision to the selection committee and I am confident the selection committee will not decide anything contrary to what we have'?

PS: Since the Telegraph has nothing new, nor does DNA, which dropped the email bomb in the first place, will head off to get some work done, and come back here later in my day. Cheers for now, guys.


  • Prem,
    If it is not RSm, there'll be some other guy personally installed by JD or Pawar. Thing is, Indian cricket needs divine intervention. But after the GC episode, I am sure even the Gods are hesitant.

    By Blogger Toney, at 11:34  

  • LOL.. that was a good one

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 11:43  

  • need fan intervention to facilitate the divine one..

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 11:43  

  • Prem,

    The BCCI has not appointed a media manager because each and every BCCI official can not only manage but entertain the media effectively as you can see.

    By Blogger Rahul, at 11:45  

  • this is the joke of the year worst possible outcome. they have just made a fool of all of us, by taking us for this ride. a very good article by prem, pu the feelings of indian supporters precisely.

    By Blogger Avinash, at 11:47  

  • avinash,
    dont think they actually made a fool of us. Over the years, we have come to expect to expect exactly this kind of a response from them. And I think that is even more depressing...

    By Blogger Toney, at 11:48  

  • Why do you think GC accepted the verdict... if he was true to his vision and email...why did he accept a compromise???

    By Blogger deep cover, at 11:50  

  • Hi Prem,

    It is awesome to know that you have a blog. I recently found out about it while reading one of your articles.

    Coming back to Indian cricket, isn't it OH-SO-FUNNY !!! In fact, I was having one of the many cricket conversations with a friend of mine (Cricket and Bollywood are still the biggest glue for NRIs) and we came to the exact conclusion as you in your article -"The six wise men will do nothing!"

    Isn't it shameful that we can predict this all the time? Its an insult to the word "transparency" and you know what - we can cry ourselves hoarse but nothing is going to come out of it - nothing ever does - its the world of the Dalmiyas and the Ganguly's of the world.

    I am originally from Calcutta and the Ganguly-Sambaran Banerjee-Dalmiya nexus is known from the time when Ganguly started playing First Division cricket for Rajasthan Club (I played for them at a very junior level and have seen how things function. Add to the equation, Mr. Gavaskar and you have a power centre unparalleled in the history of Indian cricket. Make no mistake, Ganguly's contribution to Indian cricket is immmense and we can never take that away from him, but I wonder what Sachin would have achieved had he been given the same luxuries as Mr. Ganguyly has been given ! I still remember Sachin saying "Noel who?" on Noel David's selection as a replacement to Srinath on the disastrous West Indies tour in the past.

    So why am I not surprised?

    But you know what, what peeves me is this - why dont people that really matter - Sachin, Rahul and Anil speak up? Why dont they ever speak up? I know it is against their nature - they are nice, honest individuals, but this does not get them anywhere in terms of leaving a legacy to Indian cricket and by Jove, they definitely deserve to leave a bigger imprint on Indian cricket than our dear Mr.Ganguly !!!

    What say?

    By Blogger cricket_fan, at 11:55  

  • The committee got together and raped Chappel. Wonder why the poor fellow hasn't quit.

    By Blogger mip_co, at 11:57  

  • Prem

    There is no point in us getting hysterical here. The BCCI has done exactly as we expected them to. If Chappell stays on after this, he deserves it.

    By Blogger vshan, at 11:59  

  • Precisely the same point I was discussing with a colleague - why cant RD take a relook at his priorities and decide that the team's interest lies ahead of batting for a team member (or captain). His entire behaviour of renouncing the probable captaincy and supporting SG instead has disappointed me immensely.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 12:01  

  • vshan
    i agree on that. If GC needs to enhance his reputation he needs to say fuck all this i am going back

    By Blogger tombaan, at 12:02  

  • Prem .. man keep it cool.. what I feel is we in the review committee might have as well taken the same decision.. see you are not taking a decision for 2 kids who are fighting and one has to be termed wrong and another right.. but there is more to it.. in fact.. you have sentiments of a nation attached to it... watch out for all these persons who are crossing their hands to get a neutral solution devised.. and keeping the best interest of the cricket on top.. I surely feel that this could be best decision to get some more time and watch out things for what they are instead of really coming to a conclusion.. they have just tried to see a tomorrow with both the persons working together for some more time and keep a watch as to who is right till what point,,and capitalize on the talent of both of them.. neither they say GC is a liar.. nor they say.. SG.. but ,, it was 'miscommunication'.. and we all know that... its not exactly true.. but they cannot also come out and say we are giving more 'chances'.. cause .. media persons like you will again come out saying .. why giving chances n.. why playing with sentiments of millions of ppl.. and so on and so forth.. but PP.. let us wait.. and see.. its for the best interest of the team and nation in a large scale.. and I have 2 reasons.. for that.. 1... Ganguly after all these events at least will try to get more desciplined and try to improvise his game.. and put himself out of politics and .. this change surely is going to change .. the 'taken for granted stand'.. 2... If GC is a man what we know him abt ,.. as a principled.. desciplined and also coming out boldly on issues.. then.. he would come out victorious.... he just has to chk that .. he does not get frustated... but finally truth will prevail.. with due course of time.. let us give some..

    By Blogger The Guardian, at 12:09  

  • bcci is about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

    By Blogger Narad Han, at 12:14  

  • Prem also is slowly forgetting the real problem of Indian cricket. If Saurav is removed all the problems will go off.

    Their is nothing wrong- i repeat nothing wrong in what Chappel did?

    Is Chappel the sacred goat

    Is Chappel the messaiah from Australia.

    Common Prem and other friends.... be practical yaar.

    What should the review meeting do in all ur view

    Immediately chop off ganguly and praise accolades to Chappel

    Common man have some sense of proportion before talking

    One thing all the so called pundits baiting for Ganguly are forgetting is that IS CHAPPEL THE SACREWS SAINT WHO WILL NEVER DO ANY THING WRONG

    This seems to be the ideology. Suddenly Chappel with so much intelligence has found out what all is bad in Indian Cricket


    if people like BEDI, DUNGARPUR( WHo incidentally If my memory is correct is one of the so called Bunch of Jokers) are to be beleived without Chappel Indian cricket will go to Dogs.

    India played cricket when chappel was playing and doing all his undewr arm throws, ; India was playing cricket when he was enjoying retirement; India was playing cricket when he was making rounds for a 'job' with the Indian board and India will be playing even if he goes out

    To hell with this slave mentality

    if Ganguly do not perform - Remove him immediately---- but for god sake dont make Chappel a larger than life figure who is up above Indiaan Board and even India.

    By Blogger vijaykumar, at 12:18  

  • Vijay,
    Good post. I have been telling the same. I find it sick to see that so many fans were treating Chappell's email as Bible or he wrote the email after swearing on Bible that he will tell the truth and nothing but the truth.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 12:29  

  • Thanks yaar Dadagiri

    atleast I found one person who is trying to think sensibly.

    By the way I am not from Bengal. I am from tirupati from Andhra

    By Blogger vijaykumar, at 12:32  

  • vijaykumar,
    I would suggest you spend more time worshipping at the temple in Tirupati. Earnest prayers will always be answered, not necessarily in the way you expect. In your case, I would hope God opens your eyes.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:34  

  • Mr.Vijay,
    Chappell is not messaiah from Australia, looks like you are a messaiah from Tirupati. Every body in the India (in the board, in the media, in the selection committe, in the review committee etc) knows that Ganguly doesn't deserve his position in the team. We are supporting Chappell only because he had the dare to tell the Board President that Ganguly's time is over and he should step down. The so called review committee members, all being India's ex-players who are supposed to act in the best interests of Indian cricket could not tell the Board president the same thing. Being a foreigner, chappell did it. That is the precise reason, we are supporting Chappell. And the support ends here. When chappell's date gets expired, he should also be kicked out.

    By Blogger devatha, at 12:42  

  • Devatha

    We dont need 'devathas' from Heaven to drive the indian team

    Suddenly every body have become experts is assessing the players

    Mr. Toney

    U pray ur God and I will pray my God. the truth will prevail and my prayers will deffinitely be answered

    By Blogger vijaykumar, at 12:50  

  • vijay,
    As I said before, earnest prayers will always be answered, dont twist my words. And as I said before, best of luck.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:56  

  • --sarcasm starts---
    Dude Vijay you are a bengali no one. I say no one other than a bengali can suppport ganguly. If he does he must get his head checked. :)) Ganguly is Shakuni while rest(read GC, RD, SRT & AK) are Saints. They will change the face of Indian cricket with instantly. Look at SG he is a brat. He cant do anything. We won all the games under him because RD was playing so well and AK was bowling his googly right. Gangu teli has nothing to do with it.

    ---sarcasm ends ---

    By Blogger Vick, at 13:02  

  • Guys..i have been saying this all along.Everyone has been ntent on sending SG to the gallows.No trial,no hearing,outright sentence.

    Is he the only culprit? Have others not had lean periods?

    If he has a good game, he is plain lucky.If he plays badly, he needs to be dropped.

    Sad...given this kind of animosity,he should call it a day.Why live with the curses of so many people??

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 13:03  

  • Ravi,
    Time for flashback. Remember when the actual incident happened and not when it broke out? Now imagine how hard it was for Ganguly to play that long innings (yeah..alright, against Zim). If he does it again in the upcoming series, I'll call him super human. Now go Dada, do it again. Vijay is praying for you and many others for your success. Negative prayers for failure will never get answered.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 13:09  

  • Vijay,
    It took us almost 2 years (not suddenly), to become an expert to assess Ganguly. I don't know how long will it take you to assess him. By the way, how suddenly you learnt about cricket? and how suddenly you learn anything for that matter?

    By Blogger devatha, at 13:14  

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    By Blogger mip_co, at 13:29  

  • I heard someone calling for God. Now that I'm here wtf do you want from me?

    By Blogger mip_co, at 13:30  

  • vick,
    I know you are sarcastic but arent you giving all Bengalis a bad name by raising a non-issue? Which person here raised questions abt SG being a Bengali as the reason for him not being popular now?

    By Blogger Toney, at 13:31  

  • Prem
    "Is this like, 'We have left the decision to the selection committee and I am confident the selection committee will not decide anything contrary to what we have'?"

    Am new to this blog..but couldnt help write this. I think if GC is all that you lot have made him to be (record says he is a most lousy coach - as shown by someone in the blog), the only thing left for him is to either commit suicide or resign and go back to OZ. And dont you think your statement is akin to what GC said..oh sorry 'suggested' SG to do??
    Sample this.
    1."I m giving my frank opinion and rest is upto you and I think you should resign from captaincy"
    2. "I am giving my frank opinion and I think VS,GG,RD, VVS should play..also YS & MK must play..rest is upto you"

    Totally disgusting how people make one people a villain without any fact.

    By Blogger DDirector, at 13:42  

  • Why only one people? Those players who 'reportedly' shown their support to Ganguly have been branded as lazy, refusing to do hard work etc. Wonder what they are going to say about the news coming from South Australia regarding GC's coaching. I have been saying this all along, it's not as simple. These players are not idiots that they will accuse GC for making them work hard because they know they will have no support for that. Neither anyone will just stand up for a fading skipper because they know it will affect their own careers in the future. There are more to it than 'fitness regime'.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 13:52  

  • Toney you need to read all the comments here and on several other sites. Anyone supporting SG is considered a bong. After all Jaggu is also supporting him because they both belong to same city.

    By Blogger Vick, at 14:00  

  • You don't have to be from Bengal to support SG. You can be out of your mind even if you from Tirupathi from Andhra.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 14:04  

  • vick, whats a bong? You mean Bengali? It might or might not be the reason why SG is in the team but we all accept the fact that SG is supported by JD, right? Not the kind of news you expect from a member of a review committee, to evalutate SG's situation

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:06  

  • LOL, gopal
    But actually, see how the guy from Tirupati twisted my words to make it seem like this is a case of religion more than anything else? (that he and I belong to diff religions, hence the differences!!)
    He also went to another blog from Prem and accused me and Devatha of scaring him, really funny, this guy

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:07  

  • toney - ofcourse this is classic political diversionary tactic. THEY introduce religious bias, state bias or regional bias and then when someone opposes them they claim bias on the basis of religious bias, state bias or regional bias.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 14:18  

  • I am happy..that GC has been proved to be of unsound mentality...for formenting so much ill-feeling and hatred amongst the Indians towrds the captain of the cricket team.

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:28  

  • BTW...I am also not a bengali...but I see no problem in supporting SG. Infact..he is one of the best cricket players I have ever seen. I love good cricket....but I am appalled by this hate site.
    My brothers please come out of this cockroach mentality.

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:31  

  • BTW...I am also not a bengali...but I see no problem in supporting SG. Infact..he is one of the best cricket players I have ever seen. I love good cricket....but I am appalled by this hate site.
    My brothers please come out of this cockroach mentality.

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:31  

  • People have the guts to say that Chappel lost this round.. No Gunguly did..

    Now the every eye is on Ganguly.. Th team will still ahve the same groups with an out of focus coach. A 6-1 or 7-0 drubbing is right at the door.. So whatever respect Ganguly is left with, will turn into shame soon.. Mind you Malinga can bowl really sharp rising deliveries.. I wish some of the defeats are like 57 all out.. etc..

    Next - BCCI elections.. I hope the Dungarpur and company wins.. I am sure they will.. they are preapred and they have the huge carrots(They are Indian govt mind you).. They sack this whole non-performer gang..

    Even we keep loosing to the whole world for next two years, I am not going to spend a penny to buy subscriptions.. However I will celebrate Jayasurya.. He loves us.. doesn't he?

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:37  

  • blwe_orch, its you who has this unsound mind.. Good cricket.. Ganguly jumps like a scared cat on the pitch.. I just wish that helmets were not there..

    Anyway.. fast bowlers know it now.. all over the world.. so you can kiss your GOOD CRICKET bye bye if you already havent..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:40  

  • If SG is one of the best player you have seen, why wasnt he in any squad in ICC team.. not even in 30 of them.. inspite of Gavaskar gandu being the chief of them..

    But as you sound mind says .. the world is BLIND.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:42  

  • Mr.Sunil....i would suggest u relax.....and spare all that vitriol for some other purpose. As regards our cricket team.....it is just a matter of natural succession..whoever is good enough..will play some day or the other...plz don't increase your blood pressure unnecessarily.

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:42  

  • don't worry abt the ICC eleven..its a little farce anyway.....if u allow yourself to get carried away by the ICCs and the Wisdens.......well then I can understand your discomfiture.

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:46  

  • Dont worry.. it was just a bout.. As prem said even before the review meeting, it wasnt unexpected.. It all will come down to the BCCI election.. Ganguly wont go untill crowd lynch him outside the stadium.. but those days are not far when BCCI eleven will most likely be pelted with stones.. Thats what crowd does when thier booing is not listened too..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:47  

  • So much for the brains of BCCI, you have the guts to trash even ICCI.. ha ha.. I can just have pity on you.. Hope your next gen gives you some diapers when you forget that you are alive at an early age..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:49  

  • Anyway, as per you any team without Gangu teli cant be a team which represent the true aspirations of fans.. By the way, you are Sanjay Jha or LP Sahi, tough to figure out..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:51  

  • I'm amazed at the passion and angst this issue has caused and continues to cause among people. When you come down to it, for all that we discuss here and trash each other, in the end it is not going to matter, the BCCI controls cricket in India, for good or for bad and we have to suck up and bear with it. I have read some information about starting a signature campaign. Look at the people who comprise the BCCI, these are seasoned politicians and businessmen who have pretty much supped and dined with the devil. A signature campaign would probably not even show up on their radar...after all it could be a simple miscommunication!

    By Blogger rn1, at 19:57  

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