You have to give it to the politicians to put a spin. And Sharad Pawar undoubtedly is very good at that. The results of this week’s tamasha are that Chappell is gone (thank goodness!), Ravi Shastry is the adhoc ‘coach’ and that the BCCI has had its way in contracts (albeit by abolishing them). Everything else you have heard is all bakwaas.
Wonder what role Cricinfo plays in Indian Cricket. Was the Ravi Shastry story a coup or a plant? He ofcourse is a good choice for the manager. But coach? We know how good he was at batting. The same time during the 92 world cup, it was his home that was being attacked. On a different plane, will a beef eating ‘Shastry’ bring bad karma to the team?
Why not a batting coach when it was batting that got us out of the world cup? Sachin, Sehwag and Ganguly desperately needed a coach in the last two years but couldn’t find one in Chappell. In anycase don’t bowlers need a batting coach? Manjrekar or some other local batting coach would have fitted in nicely with Robin Singh and Prasad.
Why do we have domestic teams like Railways, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh? Which of the three teams does a Gujarati support? Where is the sporting rivalry between Indian states? Why throw more teams into the Ranji plate division when half the teams are not needed in the first place?
I wish Zee goes ahead with its Corporate League despite the expected ‘no’ from BCCI. A local televised series where players don’t care about International cricket will be good for Indian sport. Indian money runs world cricket. Why not make more money feeding local cricket to the masses? The local baseball league in the US is called ‘The World Series!’
I also wish Tamil Political parties take up the cause of the minnows in world cricket! Why can’t the Indian team play against teams like Singapore, Malaysia, UAE and Canada? How long will the BCCI/ICC feed on the Indian and especially the Tamil Diaspora without giving anything back?