Posts Tagged ‘indian premier league

19
Jun
09

Now God’s own IPL team?

sreesanth

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.

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24
Apr
09

Knights unlucky to lose

 Alright, it’s been sometime since I updated this lazy blog of mine.  I would be lying if I said that there was nothing that inspired me to write. But then there were a lot of other things, including project deadlines and other shit from college. So it looks like cricket and politics are hogging the headlines at this point of time. The IPL fever is slowly but steadily catching on. Boy, what a match last night between Kolkata and Rajasthan. Definitely one of the best T20 games I’ve ever seen, although I would have been happy if the Knights had managed to triumph. Full credit to Warne and co though, especially Kamran Khan. 

I saw today a news channel with an article blaming Knights’ coach John Buchanan for the loss, as it was his decision apparently to open the superover with the out of form Brendon McCullum, rather than Sourav Ganguly, along with Chris Gayle. I may be a big fan of Dada, but I don’t think Sourav opening would have made such a big difference. He definitely would have tried giving the strike to the magnificent Gayle. Rather than saying the batsmen failed, it would be far more appropriate to say the bowler Kamran Khan was successfull. Don’t be surprised if this tearaway makes it to the Indian team for the T20 World Championships later this year. The fault Kolkata made was in giving the ball to Ajantha Mendis. Mendis might be a mystery man, but when you got just 15 runs on the board to defend, the option of a spinner bowling is totally out of the question, even it is Shane Warne himself. Add to that the fact that Yusuf Pathan who was the batsman is capable of sending any bowler to the stands, let alone Mendis. McCullum as a captain has absolutely no experience and SRK would have been right making Gayle the captain, if not Dada. I wonder why McCullum isn’t given any ‘importance’ by the Fake IPL player. 

BTW the Great Indian Reality Show, as NDTV puts it, the General Elections are on. DO VOTE. I would be super glad if your vote is for the Congress or its allies. Jai Hind. 😉

13
Nov
08

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.