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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Let the games begin

I often think we are missing out on a wonderful opportunity for revenue generation -- can you imagine the audience, if proceedings of the BCCI AGMs were to be aired live? Limitless sponsorship potential, endless drama and excitement -- TRPs would go through the roof.
A flavor of behind the scenes action, here, in Sandeep Dwivedi's piece -- which actually refreshed my memory of the fun and games at past AGMs I covered.
One was particularly surreal -- one Sunday, I had to attend one of those Malabar Hill-type high society parties. Potted palms everywhere, and I was hiding behind one of those, smoking and keeping out of the way of the inanity, when two of the big stars of Mumbai high society met each other. It was almost like Romeo and Juliet -- oh okay, Juliet and Juliet -- live, the number of darlings, sweethearts and air kisses they threw at each other, the compliments they traded... you can imagine the scene.
And then one goes off with a "heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyy, long time" and hugs someone else... and the one who was left behind tells her friend 'Stupid b****, if she lifts her face one more time, it will be sitting on top of her head'
And next weekend, I go for this AGM -- and the same darn thing happens; major glad handing, major quotable quotes about what a wonderful guy X is, and a moment later, the knife, plunged in deep.
Should be a better contest than India v Zim, you think?


  • Prem, For the last 2 AGM's, there are only behind the scenes action and no real action, I guess. I think, till next year, they will keep postponing the AGM, giving the opposition no chance of a re-election. So much for democracy, eh.

    By Blogger sv, at 10:54  

  • prem, well i don't think it will work. sometimes DD broadcasts the loksabha Q&A session (atleast is used to) and no one bothered. do u think BCCI AGMs can top loksabha with laloo, govinda, sidhu, dharmendra et al being a part of it? just checking!

    By Blogger Mayur, at 11:04  

  • Does anyone question the motives of Pawar? Why after all these years a politician wants to head the BCCI? Simple - get his hands into the coffers.

    Whatever badmouthing goes on about JD lets us give due credit for him making teh BCCI rich as it is today. We all know his business acumen, motives etc. maybe questionable, but so also check and corporate mogul. He has truly made Cricket into big bucks - Corporate Cricket!! In his short stint at ICC he spread cricket across the globe into lucrative markets etc.

    But PAWAR - I am not sure. Now that the BCCI is got fat a/c we see double standard politicians whetting their appeitites. Or they cannot keep the hands off a good thing, just so it goes bad.

    By Blogger LAWRIE, at 11:05  

  • Pawar hs not done a bad job in MUmbai cricket and I think it is prestige for him than anything else. even in mumbai it is ex cricketers who manage it..unlike rungta mahinder and other who have no standing even as politicians. if mahinder can be why not powar

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:08  

  • Prem, good suggestion, live broadcast of AGM will attract more viewers and more revenue.

    People will give credit to JD for extra revenue.

    Whatever happened in terms of revenue growth or corporate sponsorships was because of privatization of economy during early 90's.

    Spreading of Game in BD is a political move for some extra dough to himself. Throwing BD into Test arena was a joke.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 11:10  

  • I agree I dontthink even bangladesh was expecting it. Kenya had a better claim at that point of time that was our baniya trying to get more votes for himself

    Let us not forget it was not dalmiya alone there was one guy called bindra who has deck heck of a job at mohali

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:12  

  • tombaan - I agree with you on the Mahendra/Pawar comparison. If mahendra cna be the President how does Pawar getting elected suddenly mean the end of the world. The negative comments have nothing to do with these individuals per se. If Pawar gets elected who loses .... if you know the answer you know why people oppose him now.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 11:18  

  • No, Prem, you missed it here. As soon as AGMs get broadcast live there will be a cliche-fest. Soon viewers will tune out. Remember the program that Vinod Dua used to do long time ago (forget the name) where he grilled Union ministers. The program generated a lot of interest but soon degenrated into predictable comments. Soon Dua was replaced and that was that.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 11:19  

  • Actually, guys, I must say this: I am not exactly a huge fan of Pawar (or any politician of any stripe for that matter), but I do know, from people who were part of the whole process at the time, that when the CCI and the BCCI were embroiled in a crippling feud that threatened the existence of the CCI, it was Pawar who stepped in, brought all parties together, and cobbled together a neat solution to the problem. Guys in the Mumbai cricket administration swear he has done a lot of good, and little or no harm -- and give the devil his due, he is a good administrative brain.
    Why his interest, is it to get his hands on the BCCI coffers? Likely -- I mean, otherwise why not try for president of the national kabbadi association? But the point is, that is what *every* candidate for the post wants to do -- you think Mahindra is doing this for the love of cricket? Or Dalmiya for that matter?
    It's like what someone once told me was the difference between Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha -- JJ and MK both take money, he said; the difference is, if MK takes the money, he will ensure the job gets done; JJ will take the money and leave the job undone, and if you ask questions, send her goons after you.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 11:21  

  • PREM - good comments - so lets hope whoever is President that when they take money or make it they get the job done.

    Lets use that yardstick to Team India as along as we win matches lets not question what goes on?

    Hey, thats part of any organization - add to that PAWAR or JD don't need the money really - as they say power is a heady concoction. Or maybe there is no point of self-actualization as per Maslow's hierarchy of human needs - and its all about personal wealth

    By Blogger LAWRIE, at 11:28  

  • PP - You say the things I wish I said. I like the new/old format.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 11:30  

  • prem...Pawar doing good for Mumbai cricket administration, IMO, is part of his smart moves towards the big win!....I think he is shrewd enough to satisfy a lot of people for a long time..even when handling BCCI...but the ultimate 'cost' we would have to pay for Pawar being in power, in the end, would be more than Dalmiya.

    By Blogger worma, at 11:34  

  • I disagree. He is the party in power in state and nationally. I dont think like dalmiya he needs money ony from cricket...dalmiya like ganguly have done enough need to go

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:37  

  • prem, I always wonder why it never occurs to tamil nadu voters that their CM doesn't *have* to be named Karunadidi or jayalalitha. It's not written into the state constitution, AFAIK. How many times have they alternated in power, 6?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:45  

  • Tombaan - do you know Dalmiya and his networth (money-wise) before being a cricket administrator. Albeit he is richer after but how much attributed to money and how much to fame (he is know at least in the cricket world). I don't believe he has made more money due to BCCI, he cud have spent that time on hiw own business and made as much. BUt what the portfolio of BCCI and ICC does for him is to give me visibilty that also contributes to his existing business.

    As far as SG - he never needed the cricket to make money like many others, yet among all the rick spoilt cricket kids - he has done well and not got swept away into oblivion - well it almost happened.

    I have it from close sources (former Haryana players) that Kapil himself said that SG wud be dropped after his first tour under AZZAR due to his arrogance.

    By Blogger LAWRIE, at 11:45  

  • Any idea why Lallu didnt throw his hat into the ring also? Isnt he also the Bihar cricket chief? The day might not be far when he becomes the BCCI chief.. and then his sons ans daughters can form the Indian cricket team with his wife as the coach cum manager.

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:46  

  • i dont know what group he heads in business....it is not purely service. You know rungta from rajasthan who runs the whole thing like his fiefdom which has servants and wife as members so he can continue in power for ever.

    Powar doesnot need money from cricket....

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:49  

  • roublen - same reason why Kerala and West Bengal keep the commies in power.. somethings are beyong comprehension.. But more accurately it might be the TIANA factor - There is a Nastier alternative..

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:49  

  • Pawar may not personally need money from cricket, but he might fill all the positions within BCCI with his lackeys..

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:50  

  • so dalmiya doesnot..filll with his lackeys is it

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:51  

  • dalmiya wealth is a myth. he has benefited a lot from all this deals as has his henchmen like rungta....

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:52  

  • tiger, I would understand some crook winning & remaining in power for many years. What I don't understand is apparently the whole state gets together every few years and decides "well, it's time to throw out jayalalitha and replace her with karunadidi" or "it's time to throw out karunadidi and replace him with jayalalitha"

    If you're going to go to all the trouble of kicking out the CM, why not replace them with something new?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56  

  • roublen- problem is there is no 3rd party there to take place of DMK/AIADMK.. Yeah, in individual constituencies, there might be a good samaritan and he might get elected, but overall picture is there there is no big 3rd party in TN.. so its usually one of the two crooks who gets elected.. likewise in Bihar.. sporadically you get to hear of some honest guy trying to build a new party which fights corruption, but to win elections in India, you need money.. Amma distributes free saris before an election and voters get swayed by that. Also majority of people are uneducated and that is prolly the biggest reason crooks like JJ and MK and LPY continue to rule.. however, why the commies always win in a literate state like WB - no clue!

    By Blogger Tiger, at 12:04  

  • Tiger: Although I do not want to turn this forum into a political discussion blog, I should say that multiple parties always create more problems. All this crap about hung parliament being people's wish to ensure that no party gets too powerful is BS. As you can see, it just makes administration more difficult to run. At least in TN, Jayalalitha does what she wants to do and pays a price for it at the end of 5 years. I think that is better than a 50 member group of parties like commies holding the govt to hostage at the national level.

    Besides, parties are not created because of differences in ideology; they arise because mulayam singh cannot get along with v p singh and so on. That is, individual ambition and ego. It does not do people any good.

    By Blogger blueship56, at 12:49  

  • Dalmiya has definitely done more for the Indian cricketers than anyone else..in the International level. Even when he was not the President...his organizing power has been amazing...remember Nehru Cup...and how he rescheduled all International fixtures?....Although ..basically an industrialist...he remains a cricket person.
    Now comes Pawar.......God only knows...how come he has got into this business of cricket..in such a late stage of life?!!...He is based suited for the Lok Sabha..or Rajya Sabha...wherever he is, right now. There he can first create his own party by ditching Madam....and then, when the going gets tough....he can abandon his colleagues...and start licking Madam's shoes...once over again...even if that is only to keep alive his own personal interests!...Hail Pawar!.......Indian cricket seems to be going in the right hands!

    By Blogger Blwe_torch, at 15:11  

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