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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

And another one(-worma)

Sambit Bal at cricinfo tries to analyze the possibility of a change in the Indian cricket scene as linked to that at the top. First the word of caution why its not advisable to be over enthusiastic about terms like professionalism, transparency at the arrival of essentially a career politician. At least, not yet.
Of the men who have replaced them, Sanjay Jagdale is an old hand, and despite his lack of Test experience, served his previous terms with distinction. He should have got the job on merit, but would he have got it hadn't he, in his capacity as a voting member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, switched loyalties and voted for Pawar? There isn't much to judge Bhupinder Singh (Sr) and Ranjib Biswal by. Like Jagdale, they too might prove that you don't need to have worn the Test cap to judge Test credentials. That will be Indian cricket's good fortune. But the process of selecting the selectors remains politicized and it is likely to remain so in the foreseeable future
Although he is ready to give the benefit of doubt to Pawar who was probably driven, at this stage, by compulsions of pre-poll promises.

But, on balance, I feel the reason for optimism, as detailed here, is much more crucial
Pawar has managed the system to garner the votes, but now he will have to challenge it if he wishes to take Indian cricket forward. In a sense, he is ideally suited for the task. Of all the BCCI presidents in the recent past, he is least dependent on cricket for the sustenance of his public life. What he achieves with Indian cricket can enhance his public profile, but the matter of his reelection wouldn't matter to him as much as it did to Mahendra, a politician of much lesser consequence, or to Dalmiya, a successful businessman who has never hidden the fact that he enjoys the spotlight cricket conferred on him. That he has a much bigger life outside cricket is his biggest strength.


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