28
Nov
08

ECB should cancel the test series

I know this is just a small issue when compared to the terrorist situation in Mumbai. But I felt something should be said about it. The ECB and the BCCI did the right thing by cancelling th remaining two ODIs of the current one day series between the two sides. But I really don’t see the justice behind the ECB’s decision to carry on with the test series next month.  It is the same ECB that along with a few other ‘white’ boards refused to play in the Champions trophy in Pakistan a couple of months back. Isn’t it the same situation here in India too?

The point is BCCI is reimposing its role as the Big Daddy of the cricket world, even bigger than the ICC. It is only under pressure from BCCI has the ECB decided to play. I would be surprised if the players agree to play the tests, after all they were the ones who were scared to play in Pakstan. Although the 2nd test earlier scheduled to be played at the Brabourne in Mumbai has been moved to Chennai, the ground reality in India is still the same. When a group of 20 terrorists could bring a city as grand as Mumbai to its knees, what’s the guarantee that Chennai which so far hasn’t seen any terror issues, can cope up?

Then again, what is the need to move the test to Chennai and not any other city? The city has been plagued by heavy rains for the past week. MA Chidambaram is one stadium that has seen more rain interruptions than any other stadium in the country. Kolkata should ahve been the ideal venue for the test. But as we all know, Jaggi Dalmiya is back at the top of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the BCCI certainly is not impressed with this. Sharad Pawar had earlier moved the BCCI headquarters from the Eden Gardens to the Brabourne in Mumbai after replacing Dalmiya as the BCCI head. 

If the ECB has any conscience of its own, they should refuse to take part in the test series. The bottom line of all this is that Indian cricket, Money and Politics are blood brothers.

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