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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Bindra's dream

In many ways, Mohali is -- to borrow from movie terminoloty -- Inderjit Singh Bindra's showreel; it is what he showcases as an examplar of what he can do as a cricket administrator.
And it's a fairly good showreel at that: Mohali has to rank as the best managed stadium in the country, with arguably the best infrastructure for teams, the media and, most importantly, the fans who are so shamefully neglected at other venues (tried taking a loo break during a game? You'll probably return to your seat in time for the presentation ceremony.)
Now comes news that Bindra is dreaming even bigger dreams -- to wit, a retractable roof over Mohali. Worth pointing out, too, that the PCA is the only state association that feels the need to plan ahead, to encapsulate those plans in periodic vision staments -- and to actually deliver on what it sets out to do.
Oh, and by the way, divorce seems to follow on the heels of a brief honeymoon. Baby steps towards rapprochment were seemingly taken when Dalmiya heaped praise on Bindra's administrative skills and roped him into the marketing committee; that ended with Bindra alleging the committee had bypassed him in its meeting, and suggesting that Rs 44 crore had been lost thanks to the handing over of telecast rights to Prasar Bharti. Another battle being fought was over the Challenger Trophy accounts; the BCCI asked for it the other day, and now Bindra responds.


  • Prem have a off hand question :

    If a bowler can be subbed after hez bowled 10 overs in the first innings, Why cant a batsman be subbed after hez got out . A bowler when he bowls 10 overs is as good as 'out of action' . Dont you think that the rule is a bit uneven there ?

    Also thats another reason why Rao didnt come out to bat . in case he'd got out , he couldnt have been subbed !

    By Blogger Adi, at 16:22  

  • Prem: Hats off to Bindra. At least he dreams and has been delivering. I am told by my friends in Delhi (who saw games at Mohali) that this stadium is a treat.
    Speaking of facilities in Indian stadiums.. I saw IND vs NZ ODI a couple of years ago in Hyderabad at the Lal Bahadur Stadium. The rest rooms were LOCKED. Yes, they were LOCKED. The keys were nowhere to be found. Finally, the crowd got agitated and the local police guy broke the toilet door with an axe (took him 20 odd minutes to break it)..and a crowd of 100 odd tried to rush into a toilet (that had 4 urinals for 2 stands of crowd!) that was probably not cleaned since they last played a match there! These organizers just do not know "how to run a public event"

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:57  

  • Prema:

    I confess I don't have the foggiest idea of Mohali's geography but couldn't they have built a stadium far away from the air force base. The lights are a serious problem. And they insist on staging D/N matches there since they have the lights and it means more gate revenue. Instead of refurbishing Mohali they should spend the money building a new stadium somewhere else.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 16:58  

  • Adi,
    If the bowler has bowled 10 overs before he is subbed, the sub cannot bowl.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 16:59  

  • losing now,
    LOL @ locked restrooms;
    I can only imagine the agitation you speak of :-)

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:01  

  • Sahir

    my bad ! completely forgot about that point , cant compare apples n oranges

    By Blogger Adi, at 17:05  

  • sahir:
    not only mine.. the others around me too..and these were not cheap seats. I was next to the Pavilion area. The non-chalance just blew me away! The organizers just did not care..it seems there was some infighting between 2 groups in the HCA and till the last minute they did not decide -who will be responsible for what. Amazing stuff!

    By Blogger losing now, at 17:10  

  • Guys, I was very happy to know that Punjab cricket association has a website. www.cricketpunjab.com . I am not sure if BCCI has a website of its own.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 17:16  

  • Does anyone know when the match starts ? The cricketpunjab website said the match starts at 2:30 pm IST . In a Another blog somebody mentioned it as 1 PM IST ?

    By Blogger Poondu, at 17:25  

  • poondu,
    not sure about IST, but it is starting at 08:30 GMT according to Cricinfo. That would be 04:30 EST. That's only a half hour earlier than the Challenger Trophy games, I think...

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:29  

  • Thanks!!! Sahir,

    The BBC says 9:30 BST. I guess BST is not the same as GMT.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 17:35  

  • Bindra is a one of the finest cricket administrators in India (if not world) He along with Dalmiya and NKP Salve changed the Look of World Cup and brought the WC to the subcontinent in 1987 and then again in 1996 and made it a huge success.

    Unfortunately he chose the wrong man to take on (Dalmiya). Unfrotunately it is a sad loss to Indian Cricket.

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 17:40  

  • oracle_guy:
    Look at it this way. Bindra without Dalmiya is a non-entity.

    Dalmiya without Bindra could still become ICC boss and still running BCCI!!

    Bindra backstabbed Dalmiya at the behest of Raj Singh, but Dalmiya is more cunning. Now both Bindra and Raj are barking outside the gate!!!

    By Blogger SS, at 21:49  

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