BCCI vs ICL: How to Insult a National Hero
The BCCI’s treatment of Kapil Dev– a part of its typical reaction to the ICL — provides a lesson in how to insult a national hero (not that I am personally sad about it*). Here’s how it works:
- You give two hoots about the person’s views on improving Cricket in the country. How can you accept them anyway, won’t it affect your pockets? You then appoint him as the Chairman of the country’s top Cricket Academy
- You jitter at the first sight of a rival Cricket league. Issue threatening growls. People ignore them.
- The person joins the dreaded rival league. You issue a few more threatening growls, ask him to stop working with the rival to which he promptly gives you the middle finger. You ignore the fact that he is ready to do two jobs at the same time.
- A few days pass and the President of the BCCI himself gets into the act. He lets the whole nation know about the supremacy of the esteemed organisation over the Cricket being played in/by the country. He throws a few brickbats, but they get ignored. You are confused what to do.
- In haste, you announce your non-opposition to the league, but maintain that no domestic league player can join the league if he wishes to play for India some day.
- People continue to ignore you. Few young lads, tired of your politics, join the league after signing hefty contracts. It’s getting out of hand now. Gotta do something big.
- You increase the salaries of the domestic players from small peanuts to slightly bigger ones. And to show that you rule the roost, you fire the Cricketer who joined the rival league as its Chairman. Unfortunately, no one gives a rats ass about this too. “This was expected”, says the Cricketer. Darn!
What happens next? It’s getting exciting now. What ever you do, DO NOT miss the clash. If you do miss it due to unfortunate circumstances, then read this blog regularly.
* I am not a great fan of Kapil Dev myself, but appreciate his commitment to the game.