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Friday, October 28, 2005

Pawar play

Like we didn't know? IS Bindra confirms that Sharad Pawar will contest the BCCI elections, whenever. Per the story, all talk that some compromise had been worked out between the two groups is nonsensical.
Tell us the other one, mate; it's as simple as 1.2.3. Thus: 1. The elections are scheduled, and by all mathematical computation, Pawar appears to have his nose well ahead of IS Mahindra. 2. The elections are torpedoed via a salvo of cases and counter cases, walk outs, walk ins, and finally an adjournment sine die -- proposed by Dalmiya, quickly seconded by Mahindra. 3. Two days later, IS Bindra and Sharad Pawar are inducted into the BCCI's marketing committee, the most influential arm of the board (and TNCA's N Srinivasan, who once headed the committee and was summarily axed for questioning Dalmiya over the television rights, is brought back).
No compromise, of course -- just belated recognition that Bindra, Pawar and Srini are marketing whizzes. Something, though, seems to have triggered a fall out -- a week later, Pawar quit, claiming he was busy with, hold your breath, earthquake relief work; Bindra then complained that he had been left in the dark about the committee's meeting (he has also since complained that the BCCI lost Rs 44 crore on the television deal with Prasar Bharti).
Ah well -- why did I in my enfeebled state type out so many words, when three would have done the job as well: business as usual.


  • i dont know if it is just me..one innings of sachin takes away all the bad things that are there with BCCI off my mind. 2 weeks back this same article would have caused me so much frustration.
    Now i dont seem to care

    By Blogger Surendranath, at 14:36  

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    By Blogger Mayur, at 14:37  

  • prem: u know this whole thing is so frustating that i have been forced to not care of what happens... i know it is important that we have a very stable governing body, but the amount of money being spent in litigation and politicking that it is total turn off... i just dont care anymore... i am surprized that u have maintained the constant pressure through ur writing on rediff and on this blog... i donno what gives u that energy to talk about the same thing every day... i wud have ignored all the news by now... i hope i am not sounding as if i am critisizing u, but i am amazed by the amount of effort u r putting in to make this blog a success... kudos...

    By Blogger Mayur, at 14:38  

    I do not understand the rationale behind dropping VVS Laxman from the ODI team. None of the batsman rao, kaif, yuvraj, sehwag are in a class of him. Remember the world cup is not played in India's backyard where the above guys can can score some runs. The cup is played in WI and though it is a shorter version of the game the role of specilist batsman/bowler always comes into picture in tight games involving good teams.
    In a scenario where we are 20/2 or so against a Australia, England, Pakistan in a key game I would take Laxman over anyone including Tendulkar or Dravid. For one he scores freely and is realible under these conditions.
    So all these theories of building the squad for World cup is non sense. You can have the likes of Rao/Gambhir have 25 -30 games under their belt but it does not matter.
    Their is nothing wrong in grooming for the future but why it has always be at the cost of Laxman, especially if he is performing well. On top of that he is younger than Dravid or Tendulkar.
    With the supersub rule in place his role should be more prominent now.
    I do not know what it is but something does not smell right with the way Laxman is treated and no one says a thing about it except saying that he is a liabilty on the field. Trust me he is no more bad than a Dravid/Sachin/Sehwag.
    I can understand GC present theory if we are building a team for ASIA cup. But come on we are talking of world cup on a foreign soil and he prefers rao, gambhir, raina over Laxman.
    Who is he kidding????

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 14:42  

  • Mayur: many reporters, not just I, talk of the BCCI's shenanigans (Faisal for instance has done some superb stories on the subject for Rediff). With all this attention, matters are this bad -- can you imagine if no one paid any never mind to these guys? They'd have sold your jeans out from under your a*%, guy. :-) No but seriously -- the only real hope is to maintain pressure, by whatever means available

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:46  

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    By Blogger Mayur, at 14:50  

  • prem: i really think u guys r doing a commendable job, just too much patience needed... do these guys get in touch with u about whatever u rite about them? for eg: u wrote so many things about lele, has he not contacted u about it saying 'prem, yaar kya likh raha hai? take it easy'

    By Blogger Mayur, at 14:52  

  • prem,
    where is faisal??read for some time on IE but havent since while now.

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:01  

  • Prem,
    i'm native of saurashtra.we have one coaching school called Dullep school.
    from my chilhood (me 28 now)there is one coach cum administrator.his both sons played for saurashtra.Dhiraj parsana was ex player and his son played too. there is another guy Niranjan shah who once dare as secretary(shame on his hindi)
    i'm trying to say how their elections workout in associations because people are holding things for decades. Above 3 guys are their in saurashtra since i know cricket.
    BCCI now pay good match fees to domestic players so i think there are many who are benefiting by just getting in.

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:10  

  • ramshorns : Laxman will storm into ODI side after a good Test Series....Till then he has to wait.

    By Blogger P K, at 15:47  

  • Prem:
    Have been looking at some of your posts today in the other threads...& cudn't resist asking.
    Why don't you come out and say that you don't want SG in the team.I mean,anyone,even a journalist,is entitled to his personal bias/opinion,whatever you want to call it...especially in a blog...:).
    But i think there are a lot of people who genuinely feel that chucking somebody out(especially since SG can't be equated to Azzu,for god's sake) isn't really the best way of going about things.The minimum he deserved is a warning shot from the selectors to perform or perish,which he didn't!!One day,the selectors treat SG like royalty,the next day they throw him out of the team.And the only thing that happened in between is the somewhat shady SG-GC spat.Doesn't really make too much sense,does it?

    By Blogger mpb, at 15:50  

  • ramshorns - you are persistent dude !

    no way - VVS does not fit into my ODI XI. His fielding, while not as bad as SG, is clearly not upto the mark. Yes, he has the skill and fluency but he has not been consistent in ODI's. He scores low on attitude in my opinion. He presents an "old" cricketer mentality at times, like Vengsarkar, Manjrekar etc. who were centered around their own averages, their own performance and did not show any urgency for the sake of the team. This is not to say that VVS is not a team player, he most certainly is but he does come across as one who will run to the boss after work and say "see, how long I stayed in the office" why am I not in the top tier !

    Besides he is just a batsman - Dravid and Kaif are the only other guys who are bats only and Dravid is the captain and Kaif can count his fielding as a core competency (if Agarkar can count his bowling as a core skill !). He can replace Venu and Raina but both of them can turn their arm around if needed, are better fielders and are being given an opportunity to rise to the occasion.

    By Blogger MM, at 16:43  

  • Dont Laugh: VVS can BOWL too ! He has been practising in nets

    By Blogger P K, at 16:55  

  • p k,
    you're right, Laxman can bowl- he even has one Test wicket
    In fact, Dravid has a Test wicket too.
    He even has 4 ODI wickets at an average of 42.5, with an economy rate of 5.48
    Can someone say allrounder!

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:20  

  • Not being in ODI squad is a loss of 2 Lakhs per Match...May be around 40 - 60 Lakhs per Year....Thats a lot of money for NON-AD people like Kumble and Laxman.

    The annual contracts thing will be interesting and players are playing on expired contracts at the moment.

    By Blogger P K, at 17:43  

  • mpb: If I *didn't want* SG in the team, I would have said so. I've been vocal about much else, what makes you imagine I would be reticent about this? I have no problem with him being in the side -- I love watching him play when he is in his pomp. The single proviso I make being he is in form -- and what is wrong with that? As to the sea change in how the selectors treated SG before and after the spat -- why would it impact on the selection, unless the compromise that ended the inquiry included this?

    Mayur: Lele and I have talked often; I in fact have mentioned that too on Rediff, enough times. In public he has threatened to sue me (that he backed off is another story); in private he hasn't yet disputed anything I said.

    Maher: Ah yes, Niranjan. :-) Know him from my cricket coverage days.

    Just passing by, folks...

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:52  

  • mm - It just not matter with all these bits and piece cricketers. He can bat she can bowl business. In big games you need VVS Laxman. Just like you need a Ricky Ponting or a Gilchrist when Austraila plays. If it is game of cricket played he need to be there. Period.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 22:17  

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