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Friday, December 23, 2005

Spending the stuff

Kumar Shyam, for Mumbai Mirror, says it's all well earning money hand over fist, but how about spending some of that stuff on the things that matter?
The areas he suggests are well taken; there are others, equally pressing, the BCCI needs to address. Must say, though, the concluding line sounded a bit querulous:
Pawar has said that as a politician-cum-administrator, his role will be to ensure proper infrastructure and grounds for cricket. Though the Delhi test against Sri Lanka was already on the door and nothing much could be done about the mass of concrete that was the Kotla ground, proper practice facilities should have been ensured. Both teams ended up practising on different grounds other than the match venue. And, come to think of it, how many quality stadiums exist in a country the size of India?
Just contrast all this to Juventus, Man-U, and all the other brands the BCCI are saying they’ve overtaken. Making money is all very well, but if you don’t know how to spend it, what’s the use of harping about how rich you are?

The Kotla is admittedly a mess (DDCA chief Arun Jaitley is currently busy rabble rousing), we need to upgrade the facilities at our stadia -- but surely it can't be done overnight? It seems to escape notice that this particular edition of the BCCI has been in existence for less than a month now.

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