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Friday, September 23, 2005

Will you quit, Mr BCCI President, sir?

This is the Constitution of India -- in full, all amendments, addendums, etc included. A Hindi version is also available at the same site.
This is the BCCI Constitution: The Bloemfontein Chamber of Commerce and Industry, that is.
Sorry -- I got the Indian constitution first crack out of the box with a Google search, but nary a sign of the BCCI one; this is the nearest I could get.
It's a secret document, see?
I can get the national budget; the audited accounts; the CAG report on how the government has spent and misspent our money. I cannot, though, get the BCCI audited accounts. It's a secret, see?
When it comes to keeping secrets, the KGB had nothing on this bunch. Which leads me to this question: The national coach sent a confidential memo to the president and secretary of the board. That document got leaked.
It defies logic that the coach would have leaked it -- if only because the beneficiary of the leak was a Bengal newspaper. That leaves two people who could have -- Ranbir Singh Mahindra, and S K Nair.
How is it that the president and secretary of an organization that can keep its functioning secret, its accounts secret, its deals secret, even the location of its headquarters secret (Okay, I am exaggerating on that last one, but only a little -- remember this link, to the only official BCCI presence on the web? What you see there is not for sure the address of the BCCI headquarters), could not keep a confidential memo secret?
Which of the two of you will take responsibility for a leak that has taken a bad situation and made it infinitely worse; a leak that has created -- okay, escalated -- schism and confusion within the team and, in the process, embarassed Indian cricket before the world?
What -- not *one* word on how the document was leaked, by whom, and why, Mr President? Or is that a secret, too?

57 Comments:

  • We have had incident's of Railway ministers resiging owning up Moral responsibility (remmeber LB Shastri?)
    Oh, but what a fool am I? There is no *Morals* in BCCI dictionary, how can they quit?

    By Blogger Dementor, at 12:16  

  • Maybe the sify guys leaked it.
    Wasn't the email address of the secretary of BCCI something like secybcci@sify.com

    HAHAHA..

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 12:16  

  • prem, that info may or may not come out depending upon who gets the presidenct :)

    By Blogger JD, at 12:19  

  • I was watching the BCCI guys on Star news today (after a long time).

    What morons...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 12:21  

  • Mr. V, LOL abt the sify email ID.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:22  

  • About the whole issue regarding leaking of the email, I think GC's reaction says it all...."Extremely disappointed, but not totally surprised!!" I am not sure what his assessment was re. what he was getting into when he applied for/accepted the offer for Coad of Team India.

    By Blogger BuckeyeBro, at 12:28  

  • true buckeyebro.......

    i am not sure why he said that he was not surprized. does he think that he is fighting a loosing battle?

    By Blogger Mayur, at 12:37  

  • mayur,
    i hope not. I think if it comes to a straight choice between SG and GC it is now the time for Rahul, Anil, Sachin, Laxman, Kaif to stand up for what they know is right and back Chappell

    I hope we see this kind of unity from the team.

    By Blogger GK, at 12:42  

  • Prem, I don't know if you've heard of the British sitcom, "Yes, Minister" (one of the few good things to come out of that ghastly land is decent satire). In a bureaucracy that runs very similarly to India, the show depicts ministers and civil servants using "leaks" to strengthen their position in a the cat-and-mouse game that politics often is. This situation reminds me of that. I can understand how someone can spy on a conversation or intercept a piece of paper. But how do emails get "leaked"? Has AB Patrika hacked into the BCCI email account? It has to be a deliberate leak.

    It appears that 2 very high-stakes games of chess are being played out in the public eye - one will decide the presidency of the BCCI and the other, the captaincy of the cricket team. I just can't help but think that the two are related, especially since the second one is just out of the blue. Isn't it curious that this feud between Ganguly and Chappell happened in the middle of a tour (that's happened often enough) and got blown into a media-circus (now, that's something that doesn't happen very often - most cricketers will stir up hornet's nests only once they are back home after a tour), around the same time the elections were being held? Despite appearances, I think it is just one game of chess that's being played with the other one either a distraction or a proxy-game. I wouldn't be surprised to find that the outcome of elections determine who stays or who goes in the Indian team's think-tank.

    This comes to you from the official presenter of conspiracy theories on Sight Screen!

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 12:49  

  • alvin,
    tend to agree with you ... after all the benefit of the indian team seems to be last on everybody's agenda.

    By Blogger GK, at 12:52  

  • BTW, what happened to that hindi version of yes, minister? It seemed to sink without a trace.

    By Blogger roublen, at 12:55  

  • I think the GC comment was more re. his dismay that the email was public. Anyway, I have been of the opinion for long that SG should quit; if not, then he shud be nudged. With both failing to happen, I think now's the time to clearly show him the door. His justification of his place in the team using stats like "1000 runs in the last 16 Tests" is hillarious. I think his USP as captain has always been his ability to marshal his troops and inspire them to perform. Now that his presence is become a source of disharmony in the team, I think he's outlived his utility to Team India.

    By Blogger BuckeyeBro, at 12:56  

  • @buckeyebro
    An echo of my sentiments !!

    By Blogger GK, at 13:03  

  • buyckeye

    the thousand runs he doesnot say how much against bangla and how much against others

    By Blogger tombaan, at 13:25  

  • I think GC should Quit

    He will go nuts and probably lose his sanity if he continues to deal with this circus. If he loses it it will be bad for the team too because one day he may just become mad and shoot someone in the team :-)

    So GC must quit ... good for all ... as for Indian Cricket lovers .. let us start following Eng team .... or Indian Tennis or chess or hockey or Mahima --- ooops sory

    By Blogger @mit, at 13:31  

  • prem, following your link to the 'official presence' of BCCI on the web, I discovered something interesting; only Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and India do not have official websites.

    Amazing!

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 13:33  

  • LOL @mit

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 13:33  

  • saurabh wahi well what do you say mate BCCI (Board of Control for Circus in India)happens to be the richest board

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 13:34  

  • Saurabh,

    Why should the BCCI bother with a website when they can use the unwitting (or even willing) press as their pulpit to forward their agendas? After all you cannot "leak" a story or put one in as a "reliable source" on your OWN website. :-)

    But honestly, it is indeed sad that a neophyte can ut up and maintain a website but an organization with the wherewithal to do it does not even bother to join into the latest mode of information exchange. They are too busy setting up committee's and organizing meetings to bother with this.

    I've had it with these shenanigans and the general incompetence of the BCCI. I wish there was something I could do. Prem, what can be done (constructively) apart from what the gentleman who filed the suit against the BCCI recently did? Any suggestions?

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 13:44  

  • Yo PP! Waste of time!. Can't expect BCCI living in the medieval ages with a feudal structure to answer your questions. Accountability, planning, transparency are words unknown to BCCI

    By Blogger goGCgo, at 13:50  

  • any idea whether BCCI.com,BCCI.org have been registred or bought yet?
    mabee there is a hawker sitting on it waiting for the BCCI to see the light :)

    what would be a good idea for us is to set up an unofficial BCCI site and post facts about how much money they make and how they spend it and all the shady deals that go into it

    By Blogger JD, at 13:51  

  • hey jd
    brilliant idea !!
    even if that HAS been bought, we can use some other domain name and then use googlebombing to make everyone feel that is the official BCCI website

    By Blogger GK, at 14:01  

  • JD and SG - a marriage made in heaven. Use saam daam dand bhed but keep yr backside firmly glued to the seat of power, Indian cricket can go to the dogs.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:09  

  • A speculation - RSM gets the email, discusses with his mentor JD. Both of them decide here is a good diversion for the cricket public from the fiasco happening at the AGM. Voila, ABP gets a call and a copy of the email.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:23  

  • dementor,
    I think it is an insult to Lal Bahadur Shastri to be spoken of in the same sentence as these idiots. He walked home when he resigned. I wonder if we have lost all sense of patriotism and have been left with no conscience.

    By Blogger Raghu, at 14:24  

  • if Ganguly has even an iota of shame left, he would resign as captain and prove his worth to the team by scoring tons of runs. Thats how you prove your ability, not by politicking and dividing up the team.

    By Blogger Raghu, at 14:26  

  • Can someone hack into BCCI's sify email address and show us the actual report ? I know worma posted kban1's translation of the alleged report from that newspaper (Anadbazzarpatrik)...but we will know exactly what GC wrote to the buffons in the BCCI.

    By Blogger ClannZú, at 14:28  

  • so poor gangs is all alone on this forum :>

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:36  

  • do you guys remember karan kapoor here is his web sit just simmbly yo bros can browse

    some good pictures
    http://www.karankapoor.com/

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:39  

  • tombaan,
    The feeling that SG wants to give the people is that he's alone. Poor, holy, sinless SG is all alone against this rowdy, backstabbing Aussie. And thats how all SG fans want to believe too... If that idiot should have kept his mouth shut in the first place, he wouldnt have been digging his own grave now :)

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:44  

  • An aside, but this sounds like a James Bond story. Im still bursting laughing as I copy paste this. Man, this is funny. Cant say much about the veracity of the report...but worth reading for the fun. :))) I love Warne...but apart from reviving leg spin, he has also made methods of wooing like "text messages" ....."traditional".


    Trent Bridge lover claims she left Warne spinning after all-night sex
    September 23, 2005



    Julia Reynolds as she appears on the Mirror's web site.

    London: Britain's tabloids claim to have uncovered England's secret weapon in the Ashes series - a woman who kept Shane Warne up all night during the fourth Test.

    Julia Reynolds has told The Sun and Daily Mirror newspapers she left Warne exhausted after an all-night sex session the day before he was dismissed for a golden duck in the first innings of the Trent Bridge Test.

    Australia lost the Test by three wickets as England took a decisive 2-1 series lead.

    Reynolds says she met the Australian leg spinner at a players' function and he wooed her with his traditional method - raunchy text messages, even during a rain break in the Test. She said after the five hours of passion, Warne was left "red-eyed and knackered" as he went out to bat the next day.

    "I wasn't that surprised he was out for nought because when he left me he looked pretty exhausted," she told the Mirror.

    "I guess you could say I've done my bit for England."

    Reynolds, 36 in The Sun but 37 in the Mirror, said Warne had received a "rollicking" from captain Ricky Ponting after his duck.

    "Ricky Ponting suspected he was out of sorts and asked Shane what he'd been up to," Reynolds said.

    "Shane said he bluffed it but I'd arranged to be with him again that night and it was good sex again, though the night before had taken its toll. He was really up for it in room 811 and cricket was the last thing on his mind. He ordered a bottle of champagne with one glass, thinking that might put Ponting off the scent."

    Warne's wife Simone recently left him after a string of affairs, many allegedly involving text messages.

    When contacted by The Sun, Warne denied the affair.

    "I've no idea what you're talking about, mate. I get loads of calls and make loads of calls," he said.

    AAP

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 15:04  

  • Well, it is obvious that GC is not going to take it lying down. He is going to fight fire with fire, media statements with media statements etc.

    I think the pool playing and the hand-shaking was just lip service for the unsuspecting publilc. It was so obvious that it was just a show put on for the media just to get through this series. The board must have said to both SG & GC - Please go through the motions for now and complete the series and please do not make a spectacle especially when overseas. SG & GC complied but GC would have made it clear that he will go ahead with his pledge of striving for excellence and that will include only the most excellently appropriate skipper for India. But this was obviosuly masked from the public. I was greatly surprised, in fact to see GC giving in so soon after making such an unprecendented statement. I always had full intention to back it up with facts, figures and analysis. At the time of the statement he had probably indeed tried to motivate this plonker but decided to behave like the Lord Snooty he is. Also, I think people like GC do not forgive and forget either and he is going to take it the end now.

    After what has happened now, it would seem to the fan that SG has backstabbed but we do not also know what happened and was said in between the so-called "compromise". It is quite possible that SG may have been really cheeky and said to GC that now he will show him who is Boss, especially after winning the series. The two-faceness of SG is quite clear now and this is going to take him down.

    RD had better start the re-surrection process.

    By Blogger Akshay, at 15:12  

  • Folks, Outlook reveals that SK Nair (BCCI Secy) admitted that it was leaked from within BCCI:

    Nair, who refused to disclose the exact contents of the e-mail, said it was not possible to find the point of leakage as Chappel's e-mail was marked to several BCCI officials.
    But he admitted that it was leaked by BCCI insiders.

    Here is the link to the article:http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=324791

    By Blogger Multy, at 15:31  

  • Raghu
    Apologies mate. Did mean no disrespect to LB Shastri.

    By Blogger Dementor, at 15:34  

  • Ooooo... now that is even more curious -- GC very clearly said his mail was sent only to the president and secretary. Must be one of those viruses that get into your mailbox and start sending out mass mailers on your behalf. I could be uncharitable and suggest that Nair, by roping in 'several officials' (um like, who, the chairman of the grounds committee?) was muddying the pool so the responsibility for the leak isn't pinned on the two top honchos.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 15:35  

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    By Blogger boondock_cricketer, at 16:05  

  • Prem:
    any chance you can start Podcasting your musings every day/weekly? Perhaps you can talk about your cricketing/journo experience every day or weekly for that matter..

    By Blogger boondock_cricketer, at 16:07  

  • Hmm, did GC really say that it was sent to only the president and the secretary (didnt see any news article where anyone got GC's comment about this e-mail)? Wow indeed. So either Mahendra or Nair leaked it, the question is why. Mahendra probably still has some lingering animosity towards Gangu-Lee, however hard to believe he or Nair would blatantly do that and piss off Dalmia. Unless, like someone pointed out earlier, they set this up to distract the media/public from the AGM circus.

    By Blogger Multy, at 16:10  

  • Based on S.K. Nair's comments, we need another committee to find out who leaked the contents. To me, it certainly looks like, distracting media attention. Also from the statements that has comeout from Mahendra, he says he will not disclose the contents, but still says that SG is dividing the team. There is total anarchy as far as Indian Cricket is concerned. No one really knows what really is happening, even the officials.

    As Prem, was pointing out, since we are humiliating ourselves anyway in public, with the AGM affair, why not telecast it and make it something like the reality shows. I am sure, we will have the most number of viewership.

    By Blogger sv, at 16:16  

  • I guess, GC must be thinking, what mess I have gotten myself into ?

    By Blogger sv, at 16:18  

  • did you guys see the replacement for sachin in the world series. I am pissed how come they didnot replace sachin with saurav but two the aaloo from across the border and even chris gayle got selected but not our poor dada.
    I am for burning effigies of ICC ...and holding dharnas...

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:19  

  • LOL LOL

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:21  

  • prem
    if the review committe is gonna review GC's performance, dont u think they should talk to Wright too, to get his views on the team atmosphere when he left?
    even if they are not reviewing GC IMO JW should be consulted as a lot of what GC has said could not have surfaced in the last 2 months alone

    By Blogger JD, at 16:28  

  • Guess that Paki astrologer spoke the truth when he said SRT wont appear on the international arena again.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 16:28  

  • Pakistan has an astrologer wow..should he talk about whether pakistan would exist or not ...and not worry about sachin

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:29  

  • SG for Super series ... we are having a tough time retaining him in our own team

    By Blogger @mit, at 16:31  

  • Hi Prem! u there? any new inside info about the current situation about AGM & SG& GC & email saga?

    By Blogger flute, at 16:31  

  • hence we need him for super series he would be a better captain than the two goons from africa. we need him there...infact he should lead india to world cup in 2011...otherwise we should burne effigies of greg ian, flintoff, dravid, sachin,kumbli and many members from this forum

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:34  

  • prem, I share the frustration that they succeeded in delaying the election. But I think, on the whole, it's a good thing that the memo leaked. There has been too much secrecy and back-room intrigue in Indian cricket. It's time to have it all out, and settle all the family business.

    And I'd like to point out, for the umpteenth time, that to a large extent this selection controversy is because we have an ignored domestic system which does not help us choose who is best qualified to succeed at the international level. If we had a strong domestic system where the current international players and the top domestic contenders played with & against each other over a 2-3 month season, we wouldn't have to guess who was better than whom. We would know.

    By Blogger roublen, at 16:51  

  • The best solution is to fire both Ganguly and GC and make Dravid the captain and Jimmy as the Coach. This way we eliminate both the problems. The winner will be BCCI and GC & SG can have a celebrity boxing match to sort out their differences

    By Blogger anand, at 17:59  

  • Prem et al. SO

    By Blogger Prasad, at 18:07  

  • Prem and co.

    I am curious to know why was GC in such a hurry to send a report on Ganguly to the Board ? Did the board ask for it by E-mail ? Did he also send a report about other players in the same e-mail and if he didnt why not? Why did he single out SG? The next assignment is only at the end of October. There are many troubling things about this whole issue. Ganguly's weaknesses are well known. I dont think the revelations about SG lack of fitness are earth shattering or really news to the selectors. I think more than questioning SG's mental and physical fitness, I question the international cricketing fraternity's lack of intelligence in allowing him to score 15,000 international runs when his weaknesses are so obvious to all.
    Re: GC's ways of coaching I think many more players are goign to complain in the very near future. I think the board should also get input from ALL players on the goings on within the team. It would be ridiculous to take GC's word that SG is trying to create divisions in the team. That would be the biggest slight to the man who has backed his players without fear or favor. I find that to be the most egregious charge and GC better explain himself. And if that allegation of creating divisions is not corroborated by other players in the team fire GC's ass forthwith.
    BTW, why would any player want to make a mockery of himself if he does not genuinely believe that he can perform or help the team win. SG does not need the money and its not like women are swooning over him, his patriotism obviously is beyond question, he hardly has anything to prove as captain (remember we are now # 3 in ICC test cricket ratings). So, what would SG's motivation be in hanging on to the captaincy or his place as a team member and worse take all this crap thrown at him from the media, ex-cricketers who amounted to nothing themselves, idiotic fans who jump up and down and expect excellence from everybody else in India except themselves, and the board and selectors who are basically jokers? Captaincy of the indian team is the worst job in the world as RD will soon discover. So, why why why why would SG want to hang on ? Any suggestions or insights ?

    By Blogger Prasad, at 18:35  

  • I got a tip for SG to get right back into high batting form. Get batting practice using cricket balls made with a picture of Greg Chappell on it ! The world will see some booming drives from SG again !

    By Blogger Prasad, at 18:43  

  • Ashish Shukha of rediff is not exactly what you would call a reliable journalist, but if you take the comments within "quotes" to be true, then this interview in Rediff makes fascinating reading.
    [http://in.rediff.com/cricket/2005/sep/23greg.htm]


    Excerpt:
    ""Chappell said the pressure on the boys so far have only been in a controlled manner.

    "The pressure that we have applied is to find out those who have the character and the capacity to deal with what is required to be a successful team.

    "Some of the guys have struggled. Some of them have resisted the change. But if you want to stand up to the demands of modern game, you have to be able to back up day after day.

    "Over the last couple of months, everything we have done is to find out the players who have a way to go forward."

    Chappell said he would find it strange if players worry about their positions in the team for getting picked or dropped is a way of life for international cricketers.

    "I find it interesting if players complain that pressure of selection is getting to them. It is part and parcel of life of an international cricketer.

    "I have no control over the selection process but worrying about it is not going to help. All we can do is to take on things which we can do. We have to prepare properly and give ourselves enough chance as individuals and as a team.

    "Above all, the players have to realise that if the team does well and starts winning, there is less pressure on individuals."

    Chappell said risk is part of the equation and if players on their part put their best foot forward, hopefully the selectors too would recognise the effort and give them the leeway.

    "Certain risks come into equation for cricket is a tough game. But that's the only thing we can do as group. There are some players who would perform and others won't. If the selectors buy into the process, they would recognise the effort and give them some leeway," Chappell said.

    The coach believed the boys had better chances of surviving if they reached certain standards.

    "I don't deny we are putting a lot of pressure on the players. I am expecting them to reach certain standards. Those that reach and maintain those standards will be the one who will survive.

    "If we want to have any chance of success in the 2007 World Cup, we will need a strong group, mentally and physically. We can't afford to fail only because we haven't prepared properly.""

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 19:00  

  • An in continuation with the above post, I think Greg Chappell had every right in sending that email.

    What ganguly said in Ananda Bazar Patrika is bullshit. If Greg Chappell did a truce with you and then sent that email, he was being courteous and professional. He didnt want to debase himself by an open confrontation with Saurav and after all hes serving the BCCI- so he sould report to them only about Ganguly's performance.

    All of the allegations reported by Ananda Bazar patrika are very very true.

    1) SG is desperate to retain leadership in the team --he has created rifts and groups within the team to accomplish this
    2) Physical and mental fitness of SG is not up to par.
    3) He has lost the his teammates trust and confidence.
    4) SG provides imagined /feigned injuries as excuses.
    5) If 2007 WC is the goal, then SG’s outlook and attitude is far from ideal.
    6) SG does not follow through with training /regimen programs set for him

    Points of support:

    1>Amply manisfested by his recent comments. And yes, he has created rifts within the team. Ganguly supporters( I am neither a basher or supporter - just a cricket fan) will say - didnt he back players from different parts of India. Well yes he did. And in that he has effectively ended the favouritism/ bias / groupism zamana of the Gavaskar, Shastri , Kapil Dev and even Azhar days. That such things existed in the 80's in Indian cricket- captains backing players from their region or their favourite proteges or chamchas - is a well known fact. Mumbai captains had a strange predilection for Mumbai players . Shastri once said after being dropped in a WSC game in Aus 92 to Azhar" Mien, you better take me in the next match, otheriwise...". What kind of a f** request is that. Azhar, BCCI's golden boy in 90's as he was board's yes man, had his own favourite players, a notable sychophant being Venkatapathy Raju. Even the great Sachin could not hide his preference for Vinod Kambli. Adding to that incidents like Navjot Sidhu returning home, Gavaskar wanting to come out after being abused by Lillee, the fishy displays of some players in the 87 world cup semifinal .

    So there is ample evidence to show that Team India was a misnomer before Ganguly . Ganguly by the way also exercised favouritism- not regional mind you - in the sense of backing players from East Zone- but having favourite players whom he backed. Now backing a player whom the captain trusts is fine , as long as he doesnt fall in love with the player to an extent that his judgement is biased. I strongly believe that there were times when Ganguly unduly favoured Harbhajan over Kumble, Yuvraj over Kaif , his nonchalance about Akash Chopra etc etc.

    It is therefore natural that there are players in the team who think that Ganguly is a messiah . Quite unsurprsingly, these names are the ones reported to be in the pro ganguly group went to Gavaskar. (if the media is to be believed.)

    2> Physical and Mental fitness of Ganguly.

    The physical fitness of Ganguly is an open secret. The kind of self backing and pseudo- confidence-exuding comments that he has made recently are an indicator that he is mentally not too confident. In Greg Chappell's book, that is being mentally fit.

    3> Debatable. But Greg should know the best being the coach. Maybe some player might have confided in him about their lack of faith in Ganguly.

    4> SG provides imagined /feigned injuries as excuses.
    Again, in the light of the Nagpur fiasco and the recent tour match , such things are quite valid points. What Chappell actually meant to say was that Ganguly is a shirker. He doesnt work hard, has this tendency to take things for granted. And such statements like" You dont score 10000 runs just like that...I have nothing to prove to anyone....." sound good once . If they are repeated over a period of time, it can be safely concluded that the speaker is trying to cloud his not too glorious present with the achievements of his past. Ive never heard people like Allan Border or Sr Waugh say, " You know Ive scored so many runs in my past so many tests."

    5> If 2007 WC is the goal, then SG’s outlook and attitude is far from ideal.


    Yes, with the way Indian cricket, specially in ODI's is going, changes are necessary. Radical changes. Ganguly's recent comments have been more sort of reflective than looking into the future. A sense of complacency and a reluctance to change can be noticed. Ganguly seems to say" This is the way I have batted and captained and got so much success. So dont preach me." But hey, you are being analysed all the time. If you continue to kiss the past, shun innovative thinking, and live in a world of self complacency, then you might as well wave success in future goodbye.

    6) SG does not follow through with training /regimen programs set for him

    Ganguly might say- "cricket is not a completely physical sport. Players like Inzamam are not exactly fit. Look at former Indian players- players who didnt know how to dive, the Indian cricketers of the 80's and 90's- times when dropped catches were normal, sliding slops were unusual and the you being caught in the camera on your haunches well after the ball has passed under your ass all the way to the boundary were not frowned upon."

    There lies the fallacy. This is modern cricket. You need to be fit to be survive. And when you are not doing your basic job , batting, which players like Inzamam are doing well, then its quite natural that the spotlight will be on your work ethic and fitness.

    Ganguly would do well to read Micheal Atherton's autobiography and his description of Graham Gooch's motivation to keep fit well into his 30's.

    So the bottomline is- Greg Chappell is the coach of the current Indian team. He doesnt know or care what the Indian mindset was say 10-20 years ago. He doesnt care about what Indian players of the past have gotten away with in their days. He is setting international standards and demands nothing but vthe very best. If the Indian players approach his work ethic with the view- " why these things were not done earlier, why are they being done now. Why such intensive practice sessions. ", they are simply living in a fool's paradise. It is rumored that ZK ance almost hit JW after he was made to work a bit wee too much harder. Greg Chappell is cut from a different piece of cloth. He didnt hesitate telling his brother to bowl underarm, faced the windies quicks , is mentally very tough . He is also the brother of IanChappell, who in the 92 WC said" Azhar deserves a strong kick on the backside", flashed his backside to a cricket crowd and an in -your- face critic.
    So if somebody thought that GC was under pressure due to the disclosures made by SG after his century, they are mistaken.

    Please understand that whatever Chappell is doing is for the benefit of team INdia. He wants India to win the 2007 World cup. The time to act is NOW.

    Lets only hope that Chappell has the same yardstick to judge others on matters of complacency, lackadaisicalness and under performance- wheather they are newcomers or established players.

    But the question remains, if those standards are maintained rigorously, a lot of present Indian players will be under the scanner , if not now then in near future. Do we have adequate replacements?

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