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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Harsha on the BCCI

In his latest column, Harsha Bhogle takes a look at the Board's latest vision statement -- or more accurately, the latest board's vision statement. Inter alia, this:
I would like to see great care exercised with the choice of selectors in future. Nothing is more painful than former selectors spilling beans, it is undignified. Yashpal Sharma might have a grouse but by talking about Chappell and discussions held in private, he merely proves the point about the kind of selectors we need. If your code to secrecy is limited merely to your tenure — and often, as everyone knows, to less than that — how can you claim to have the interests of Indian cricket at heart?
I am also a bit worried about this xenophobia that surfaces from time to time. We have no qualms about offering our services to the rest of the world, we want justifiably to be proud of it, but we have a problem with bringing the best of the world to India. If you want to take you must be willing to give.

Elsewhere, Harsha tangentially refers to a debate -- ad hominem statement is more like it - that often surfaces when someone doesn't like your views. 'Have you played Test cricket?'
This whole business of needing to play Test cricket for just about anything is a mighty bubble and betrays an insecure mind. If you are confident of your skills you don’t ask for reservations.
I haven’t heard of IIT graduates saying plum jobs should be reserved for them; if they have the ability they will get them anyway. You use your qualification to move ahead in life, you don’t hang on to it as if you possess nothing else.
Being a Test cricketer gives you an automatic advantage sometimes, but if you have to ask for it, you are probably not the right man anyway. I don’t hear proud journalists complaining that Test cricketers never got a single article published in their school magazines! You don’t have to.
And by the way, the best players need not necessarily be the best talent-spotters. The best students don’t make the best teachers, the best performers do not make the best coaches. Australia’s best chairman of selectors, and in a crucial phase too, was Lawrie Sawle, who never played Test cricket!

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