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Thursday, October 20, 2005

For your watch list

Ruchir's done all the hard yards, I notice, with the comprehensive daily round up. I'll keep popping in through the day with stories of interest -- after first clearing my desk, that is.
In the interim, one story -- on a new 'bowling sensation' Pakistan has reportedly unearthed.
And a straw in the wind -- IS Bindra, this story says, was not part of the teleconference to decide telecast rights.
Two separate issues are worth your consideration: The first, that -- and this is a point Harsha made in an earlier column, and which he also touched on in a recent email -- with the India-Sri Lanka series scheduled to begin next week, we are yet to decide on the identity of the broadcasters. How, given this, do we expect quality -- when, elsewhere in the cricketing world, these things are decided months, at times years, in advance?
And the other is by way of being a straw in the wind: If you recall, in the aftermath of the aborted BCCI AGM, there seemed to be some attempt at a patch-up, a rapprochment of sorts, when both Pawar and Bindra were co-opted onto the marketing committee (Tamil Nadu's Srinivasan, the committee's former chair who was axed after he took on Dalmiya on the telecast issue, was also reinstated, albeit as an ordinary member).
Notice how, in course of the last week, first Pawar pulled out of the committee (Claiming, of all things, that local politics was more important?! That being the case, why would he want to be BCCI president? Or why, for that matter, did he accept the appointment in the first place? Obviously, that was just an excuse to pull out, the first thing in fact that came to his mind), and now Bindra is apparently being sidelined.
So just when you thought the upcoming elections -- whenever that happens -- would be smooth, with everything being worked out behind the scenes, lo, here are signs that we could be in for a bitter battle.
That all this is happening just when India is heading into a frenetic international schedule, including key contests against Pakistan and England, is of course unlikely to worry the BCCI.
Am off for a bit, back on here in a couple of hours.


  • hi prem,
    I was just curious on why photos are not being thrown into stories in the blog, which I feel wud make the excerpt even more interesting. any policies against it??

    By Blogger Ragav, at 12:02  

  • Prem,

    DD has bagged the right for these 12 ODIs and once the TV rights are given for 4-5 years, the channel securing it will have plenty of time to plan the series in advance.

    But till then we'll have to bear with the "5 ball per over" DD.

    PS: Prem, Is your rediffmail accepting the coming e-mails? I've been trying to mail you since last 12-13 days but it keeps bouncing!!

    By Blogger Chandan, at 12:07  

  • Prem,
    There were some rumours about Abdul Qadir's son Usman being the next prodigy in leg spin bowling. I remember watching his elder brother Imran Qadir bowl leg spin in an U-15,16 WC and he was above avg too, especially for his age. Just raised this because I am a huge fan of leg spin bowling and was wondering if you had any additional information.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:13  

  • Prem....you straws seem to have caught the blow right on...there are *signs* of dog fight coming up. Don't know if you caught the story...a couple of days back there was another struggle over 'neutral' observers for the AGM...

    By Blogger worma, at 12:19  

  • prem: we have always accused the aussies bowlers of being very big mouthed like McG targeting the main batsmen or warney developing a magic ball (i remember bhajji said that too once) before a big series... now with PAK i see a trend where the discover bigtime bowlers before a big tour... do u remember iftikar rao was being talked about a lot before the IND tour? media added masala to it (i assume) but this was one of the big things (rao will topple all indian batsmen) besides the miandad statement that bowlers like IP r found in every gali of PAK... what is this another big fast bowler that they have unearthed? so did we in munaf... i mean this whole thing gets blown out of proportion in no time... i just hate the media for this... sounds like aaj ki masala khabaar...

    By Blogger Mayur, at 12:22  

  • mayur...misleading headlines(lack of stories often leads to such tactics :-)...Do note that atleast Woolmer is not hyping it...he's just saying that this new bowlers height would help them prepare for tall Eng bowlers. Maybe they'll get him to bowl from 18 yards or so(if he's not pacy enough) and just help prepare

    Nothing to do with the prospect of the bowler himself.

    By Blogger worma, at 13:04  

  • I hope Md. shafique is a real deal and not another Md. Irshad. Actually Iftikhar Rao is still talked about in Pakistan as the next big thing.

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 13:08  

  • One good thing I read today was that the SC was asking BCCI to list out in B&W who all could vote (and I presume how many times as well) in the upcoming BCCI elections. That should be a good start to making the process transparent.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 13:29  

  • ICC writes to the Indian PM about preferential treatment to a TV network (I guess it should be Prasar Bharati)...


    By Blogger Kannan, at 13:40  

  • I think for all these fast bowler resources that Pakistan seem to have .

    Maybe the Indians should do like a sponsored fast bowling talent search in Pakistan , unearth some meancing quicks , irrespective of their actions and get them to India on paid contracts { like professionals } as net bowlers for our batsmen. The bowlers wont mind for the money involved ... I guess this will serve us well

    Kind of 'Fast Bowling Out-sourcing'

    By Blogger Adi, at 15:56  

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