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Saturday, September 24, 2005

A question of answers

Ayaz Memon, commenting on the imbroglio on DNA, asks a pertinent set of questions:
Why has the board and the selection committee ignored Chappell’s complaints for two months? When the bust-up between Ganguly and Chappell in Bulawayo was public knowledge, how come Ranbir Singh Mahendra did not deem it fit to open his inbox to check the mail from the coach for six days? How come contents of the email were leaked on the day the board’s AGM was scheduled?

To this, I would like to add one more question. As you know, the review committee examining this messy situation meets in Mumbai Tuesday. It's constituents are Ranbir Singh Mahindra and SK Nair (both understandable, as being the two top officials of the BCCI); Sunny Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkatraghavan (again, understandable as being the troika who was entrusted with the selection process of the coach, and tasked, at the time, to carry out periodic reviews of the performance of the coach and the team) and Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Which leads me to my query -- what is Dalmiya doing in this committee? What or who is he in the BCCI, that he gets to sit in? Yes, he is the Cricket Association of Bengal chief -- so what? Every state has an association, every association has a president -- so why is Dalmiya alone among the various state association presidents present on this committee?
If we are bringing uncomfortable elephants into our living room, isn't it time to ask who this man is, and what makes him an extra-constitutional authority in cricket administration?


  • I was thinking about the state boards who still support Dalmiya, and who really are Dalmiya's ultimate source of power. In particular the KSCA, and Brijesh Patel. How come they're supporting Dalmiya?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:58  

  • The quid pro quo mostly is, we will allot you important games, if you back us. then there are freebies for individual members-- membership of various committees, which in turn means you get to milk the bcci with fake bills; and other goodies

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 23:12  

  • man, after looking at all the politics and power play in the BCCI and indian team, i feel that 1 billion ppl and more have wasted most of their life behind useless things. IF only we had channelized our energies constructively, India would be as powerful as US is today !

    By Blogger Ridham, at 23:19  

  • BP Patel is such a crappy personality;
    he has made sure his son Udit plays for the Ranji team though he is the worst bowler you could find in the country;
    check the state's cricket in the last 2 years; these guys are mafia style selfish animals/pigs that look like human beings.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 23:34  

  • This from the TOI has me scared, although the TOI can't be trusted.

    "Sourav and Chappell, they said, might depose only before the BCCI officials, and the ex-captains might be requested to withdraw". Reason, according to the 'sources' : "The group of six is a review committee that is scheduled to discuss the team's performance, it's not a disciplinary committee. The issue of discipline is the Board's business."

    The same report also brings up the point that the board will look at this as an indication of how powerful (forthright) the coach is likely to be in the future and one inference is that the board might use this as a convenient opportunity to get rid of a troublemaking coach.

    Then again, maybe I am panicking. After all the board must have known how forthright GC is before they appointed him. Prem, any idea on whether the ex-captains are likely to be kept out? Somehow I feel more reassured knowing somone besides JD and cronies will be listening to the two parties.

    By Blogger shubha, at 23:40  

  • JD is there in the review committee for at least three reasons:
    1. JD is boss of association of a state to which SG belongs
    2. JD is SG's god father
    3. RSM is spineless and JD's puppet

    By Blogger GregChappell, at 23:45  

  • Jaggu dada must be giving all chandni chowk imartis (jalebis which are doubly twisted) an inferiority complex.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 23:45  

  • Check this out:

    Btw, Prem what do you about GC wanting to have complete say in selecting not only playing XI but also the batting order? How much power should he be given?

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 00:16  

  • It should read 'what do you THINK about'

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 00:25  

  • dadagiri, no one is saying Chappell is perfect. That's why we need a strong captain to work with Chappell, who knows when to agree with Chappell and when to disagree.

    Ganguly hasn't been strong in recent times. If Ganguly had simply ignored Chappel when he suggested dropping himself, none of this would have happened. If Ganguly hadn't gone to Laxman on the eve of the test and told him `Chappell wants you out of the team', then the worst of this might have been avoided. If the bastard from the BCCI hadn't leaked the email to ABP, then the controversy might have been contained.

    Now it's all going to come out in public, that's unfortunate. I still think the best solution is Ganguly in the team, Chappell as coach, Dravid as captain. Ganguly and Chappell don't have to love each other, they just have to work together.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 00:49  

  • Roublen,
    Please friend....please. Don't make quotes like 'If Ganguly has not gone to Laxman'. Let's hear all the parties and then judge. Most of the people here have already decided that SG is guilty. And all because of what GC has said. My only point is if you are calling for SG's head, please do so based on his performance and not because what GC has said unless and until it has been proven.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 01:00  

  • dadagiri
    In the link you provided, A senior player said: “I have played for India for the last six years and never have I felt so threatened without being told what my fault is.”
    Now that means the player started off in 1999. Which player is that, I wonder. The only player I find close enough is HS, which makes sense too. HS ridiculed GC's "De Bono hats" session and this could be part of his efforts to support his master.

    Do you really need to ask why Jaggu is in every committee within the BCCI?

    By Blogger Toney, at 01:12  

  • dadagiri -
    You really think Ganguly's performance has been up to the mark over the last two years?

    By Blogger Bala, at 01:27  

  • dadagiri,
    what in your opinion should be done with SG, if the laxman incident is proven true?

    I agree with prem. its a serious thing. if what GC says is tru. ganguly shouldnt be in the team. period. if its not, then chappell should go.

    somehow, i tend to believe what chappell has said, but i might be wrong.

    By Blogger criclogic, at 01:32  

  • criclogic,
    I tend to be more with GC too. If, as he said, he got VVS and SG into the same room and sicussed this, there was nothing on his part ot hide/. And what VVS said abt the -ve vibes must have been what SG told him.

    By Blogger Toney, at 01:38  

  • Something tells me GC will be sacked or will put his papers in. I have a bad feeling about this one

    By Blogger Bala, at 01:41  

  • PP
    Many of us(Indians) would like to bask in previous glory and expect people to nurse our egos. GC's mail has hit the nail right on the head asking all and sundry in the team to perform certain task that any professional side would do. In doing so, he has rattled so-called 'seniors' and those guys who would otherwise have taken their place for granted.

    I guess this is the right time for the board to allow him his space if they want results. If GC stays, all the players will start to toe the line. However, the only hitch, I see is:

    If JD camp wins - SG stays; if the other camp wins the election - GC stays...

    I sincerely pray that GC stays...

    By Blogger ap-dxb, at 01:50  

  • i think fans of indian cricket should have an association. we should boycott if there is injustice in the cricket board selection. we should have a say in indian cricket. how do we do that ?

    By Blogger PreHistoric Bird, at 03:29  

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