Posts Tagged ‘bcci


Now God’s own IPL team?


Possible Captain? ... NOT 😛

When the likes of SRK, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty are minting money with their IPL teams, can our very own Southern superstars be left out? According to media reports Mohanlal is all set to enter the the bandwagon as well. Accompanying him will be best friend and ace director Priyadarshan. Lalettan and Priyan have apparently expressed interest in entering a Kerala based franchisee for the 2010 edition of the Indian Premier League.

However from the looks of it, it is easier said than done. First of all Kerala doesn’t have a proper stadium. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kaloor, Kochi which has so far hosted international matches in the state doesn’t even have a roof to escape the scorching sun. The floodlights are hardly in any working condition. With all the corruption in the Kerala Cricket Association, even if a Tripura or Nagaland is ready to host an IPL match, our administrators in Dheivathinte Swantham Naadu will be still fighting among themselves for a seat next to the cheerleaders. And when cities like Ahmedabad and Kanpur which have better stadia are around, it is unlikely that money hungry BCCI will even consider Kerala.

Apart from Sreesanth, the only Kerala Ranji player in the IPL is Raiphi Gomez of the Rajasthan Royals. Even the Chennai Super Kings of which Kerala is a catchment state, doesn’t have a single mallu in the team. If Kerala’s Ranji recors are anything to go by, even the lowly Knightriders won’t have any problems dispatching them. Priyadarshan has said that he hopes to develop talented cricketers from the state. Hope he doesn’t mean players like Sreesanth. One Appam is more than enough to give us malayalis a ‘good’ name.


BCCI vs ICL but on the cricket field for a change

India takes on giant-killers Ireland in today’s T20 World Cup fixture. Shouldn’t the BCCI be boycotting the game? Perplexed? When India takes the field for tonight’s game it will probably be the first time an India team is involved in a Match that also features players who’ve been involved in the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Ireland mainstays Niall O’Brien and Boyd Rankin turned up for the Delhi Jets and the Kolkata Tigers in the inaugural season respectively.

Keeper O’Brien was in fact the man of the match in Ireland’s victory over Bangladesh in their earlier match. He was also the MOM when he scored a gritty 72 to lead the Irish to a famous victory over India’s arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup. Rankin meanwhile took career best figures of 3/32 in the match and also  topped the bowling charts for Men in Green for the tournament. The two are in fact the only ex ICL players to have turned up for their national sides in official tournaments so far.

The BCCI looks like is unaware of the ICL presence in the Ireland team. They may have relaxed rules for ex ICL talent and is in the process of welcoming them back to the ‘official’ fold and so is unlikely to create any problems in tonight’s game even if they are aware of the situation. But it should be noted that Rankin and O’Brien returned to national colors as far as back in March 2008, more than an year before the Indian Board’s pardoning of the ‘rebels’. If Ireland goes on to upset the Indians tonight, the ICL bosses will have a reason to smile. After all it will be the only time that they probably will taste any sort of success against the BCCI.


Time to discuss security for 2011 World Cup

Hope the Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricket boards learn a lesson after today’s events in Lahore. The attack on the bus in which the Sri Lankan team was travelling should be an eye opener to all cricket boards in the sub-continent including the BCCI. The past few months have been very discouraging for cricket in the subcontinent with terrorism acting as a spoil sport. England was forced to cut short their tour after the 26/11 attacks on Bombay and although they did come back to play the tests, I still believe it was a dumb decison and something really bad could definitely have happened. The civil war in Lanka and the mutiny in Bangladesh haven’t been helping to the cause either with the 2011 World Cup not far away. 

India did the right decison by pulling out of the Pakistan tour, but unfortunately it is Jayawardena and co who have found themselves victims to the terrorists’ cowardly acts instead. In my opinion the current tour should have been put on hold the moment Pakistan made a deal with the Taliban. It may be easy for the boards and former players  say, ‘The show must go on’,  but unfortunately it is the players’ life which is put at grave risk. Who would have answered if any one of the cricketer had lost his life or even if one had his career cut short due to injuries. Fortunately though nothing of that sort happened. 

The ICC should take serious action against both the PCB and the SLC for going ahead with the tour despite the situation not being ripe. It is also time to sit and sicuss security for the upcoming World Cup. The situation isn’t getting any better in anywhere in the subcontinent including in India. The ICC should reconsider holding matches in Pakstan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, even in India if anything untoward happens in the coming months. They shouldn’t subject themselves to dictacts issued by the BCCI and rather should act towards the saftey of the numerous players. Any hesitation to take matches away from the subcontinent could turn really fatal. 

Cricket along with other sports in Pakistan is bound to suffer, especially with the growing presence of the Taliban which had banned sports and other leisure activities labelling them ‘unislamic’ while in power in Afghanistan. The PCB by now must have hopefully realised why Australia and other nations have been hesitant towards playing there.


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.


Why the ICL is better than the IPL

It may not have the cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins; the glitter that comes along with a Sachin or a Ponting may be absent; the stadiums may not have jam packed crowds of over 50,000; Shah Rukh or Preity Zinta may not be cheering from the stands; India Inc may not be queuing up to buy stakes in the teams, but still as far as cricket is concerned The Indian Cricket League is a resounding success. In my opinion it has scored over the ‘official’ T20 tournament of the BCCI, The Indian Premier League. . I have nothing against the IPL. The IPL definitely has created a sort of revolution in the outlook of cricket in the country. But one should not forget it was the creation of ICL that led to Lalit Modi and the BCCI forming the IPL. It is no secret that that the BCCI is only interested in making money and not developing cricket in India. One funny incident was when ICL ads started appearing on the official website of the IPL. It has since been removed but when contacted, the BCCI were quick to deny and put the blame on the site developers. 

For most, the first picture that comes to your mind when you think about the ICL is a bunch of ‘old’ people over 35 play along with club level cricketers. If that is the case why has players like Shane Bond, Justin Kemp and most recently Mohd. Yousuf, who are at the prime of their careers decide to join the so called ‘rebel’ league and put their international careers in jeopardy? And the reason why domestic layers from India joining the ICL is just because of the apathy shown by the BCCI. Whereas the contracted players in the national team earn crores of money, the domestic players were left in the lurch, waiting for upto months to receive match fees. If the BCCI were so keen in developing cricket, why were many talented domestic players not awarded stints in the IPL. Just because a few players like Swapnil Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja or Abhishek Nayar managed to gain recognition, it doesn’t mean the IPL has done anything for the development of the game. If you look at the stats, you’ll see that it was the foreign players who mostly overshadowed their Indian counterparts. All the centuries scored were by foreigners. The top wicket taker was a Pakistani. The top run getter was an Aussie. Now this is where the ICL has pipped the IPL. The most consistent players in the ICL have been Indian players. Guys like T.P. Singh, Ganpathi Vignesh, Ali Murtaza, Abbas Ali etc are true match winners and definitely national team material. In the ICL World series event, it was the Indians who won despite the fact only Rohan Gavaskar, Thiru Kumaran and T.P. Singh had any international experience, at a time when their counterparts from Pakistan and the rest of the world were filled with players loaded with years of experience. The fact is that despite no kind of recognition or help from BCCI or any state association, the ICL has come quite a long way.

The BCCI is at present in no mood to recognize the ICL. The BCCI had in fact wanted the ongoing season to close for talks between the two sides to take place. This only shows that they don’t give a damn about ICL or development of the game, because as long as the IPL is there, they’ll be raking in the cash. Even the ICC has remained mum on the issue, leaving the matter to the BCCI. They should intervene so that many talented players don’t miss out on showcasing their skills to the world because of hypocrisy from the Indian board. Even the other boards should do something. Pakistan has just lost their best batsman, Yousuf because of the unfair ban on ICL players. The truth is the other boards are scared of the money power of the BCCI. Even the upcoming Champions League T20 is just an event for the BCCI to bring in more cash. Kent Spitfires who finished runners up in the English T20 Cup were denied entry into the competition because of their ICL links. It is sad that the ECB did not protest and instead has allowed the Middlesex Crusaders, who won the Cup, to play in the Champions League. Also why is the event limited only to India, Australia, South Africa and England? ( Pakistan was given a spot only because the Spitfires were ineligible) What about T2O teams from other nations? Again the answer is obvious, the boards of the other countries are ‘poor’. 

The BCCI could work out with the ICL and they could exist simultaneously. A model similar to the Major League Baseball in the US could be followed, where two different leagues, the National League and the American League exist simultaneously and a in a season ending World Series the top team from each league face off.  This idea has existed for more than a century now, since 1903 to be precise. The BCCI could take a cue from the MLB and devise a formula such that the top teams from both the leagues could play each other. But first, the BCCI should at least remove the bans on the players.