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Indian Cricket League August 20, 2007

Posted by K in contemporary, Cricket.
5 comments

Forgot to add my two bits about ICL- Indian Cricket League.

I’m glad it exists. It will shake the BCCI out of its stupour; the competition will force the corrupt and ennui-ridden BCCI to improve the miserable conditions that plague the domestic cricket league.

I am under no illusion about the ICL-I am aware that it is a money making venture, quite the Packer series etc etc, however, the point is, the monopoly of the BCCI needed to be broken.

Sigh. Once upon a time I used to love this game. It seems so long ago, now.

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A little bit of madness… April 7, 2007

Posted by K in Cricket.
5 comments

 I must say I’m surprised at some of the decisions the BCCI has taken. I don’t agree with the restriction of endorsements and the gag order on players.

I also don’t think that everybody on the team ought to be paid the same. A Sachin Tendulkar, for instance, ought to get a higher pay packet than a newbie, simply because he’s the more senior player. Thats how it works in all organisations. The performance based incentives(or whatever they term it..) is a good move, however.

I’d like to spill more brains, but I can’t 🙂 Doomsday is now nearing even faster than before.

Call the World Cup off! March 24, 2007

Posted by K in Calamity, contemporary, Cricket.
7 comments

 I cannot believe it! It has been confirmed; Woolmer was murdered!! What is the world coming to?!!

I agree with Alan Donald; how can you have the World Cup go on when there has been murder? Murder!  In cricket!!

Why I don’t watch the World Cup anymore. March 23, 2007

Posted by K in contemporary, Cricket.
13 comments
  • Mandira Bedi
  • Mandira Bedi and Charu Sharma
  • ESPN STAR does not cover it
  • It’s become a circus.

       Ofcourse this is but a personally opinion, but the value of World Cup cricket seems to have been diluted with a slew of minnows entering the party. Ireland and Bangladesh(technically, less of a minnow than Ireland) may have beaten big teams, but I can’t see that as reason enough to persist with this throwing in of faccha teams at the World Cup!! Would it not be a better practice to have these teams play a calendar year, at the very minimum, of international matches against the big league before entering what is supposed to be the ultimate contest in cricket? I’m not into football, but from what I remember, they have qualifiers to determine which teams enter the world cup. I don’t know whether their qualifiers, like the cricket ones, pits minnows against minnows, or if the system is better.

  • One day cricket is becoming increasingly commercial and the spirit is being lost. I used to laugh at those who used to bemoan the ‘good old days’ when I was newly a cricket initiate during the 99 World Cup, but I now truly understand what they feel. I am an old school cricket fan. I make noises when things like Indoor cricket are discussed. I make noises when 20/20 becomes a regular feature rather than the occasional World XI vs Australia/West India/etc. I intensely dislike the masala-isation of cricket.

    I understand that the men who run cricket have a tough job on their hands. In today’s fast paced world, cricket will lose out to sports that require less time and patience, and they have to decide whether to sell cricket or themselves. ANDDD Going once..going twice…SOLD TO THE GENTLEMAN IN RED. Correct my auction(eering?) phraseology.

 

 

In other matters, the media coverage of Bob Woolmer’s death is shocking. Yesterday’s TOI, if I remember correctly, had a photo of his dead body on the cover page. Who does that?!!

   Poor Gil Woolmer is being hounded for comments. ‘Do you think this might be murder’. They fools! The woman just lost her husband! Can they not leave her alone?? Thank god nobody has asked her how she is feeling. Or how she felt when she came to know of his death. Or then again, I haven’t been watching TV. Maybe those gems have already been spouted.

 R.I.P common human decency, courtesy and fellow feeling.