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August 22, 2007 / lazybug

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:

  1. 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
  2. You jitter at the first sight of a rival Cricket league. Issue threatening growls. People ignore them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.



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  1. Chittaranjan / Aug 22 2007 2:50 pm

    😆 to even think that ppl. are keeping track of all this fandangled nonsensical piece o’ cr@p!

  2. lazybug / Aug 23 2007 5:11 am

    Why don’t you give a proper explanation for your dislike for the ICL? I myself am not very optimistic about its success, but if it does succeed, it will only help Indian Cricket.

  3. Vinay / Aug 23 2007 10:29 am

    Good one but I believe ICL should succeed just to show that it is ultimately Cricket that wins not the governing or the players.

  4. Ramakrishna / Aug 23 2007 10:38 am

    Does the BCCI president or any official ever think of developing domestic cricket, improve the standards? They are only there to milk the cow and earn as much money as they can. They cannot bring out or see Indians as world champions as long as they do not change the system. Any true cricket lover would appreciate the efforts of ICL, because it would enable improvement of the game and also players in India.

  5. Chittaranjan / Aug 23 2007 1:07 pm

    ICL, as well as BCCI, just look at one ends- Money and Publicity (read media coverage!) and as they say, ends justify the means…..

    ICL ppl. are no holy saints so as to do all this just for the betterment of the game! Agreed that the ppl. upfront are all well-meaning individuals and retired cricketers but the fact remains that it is another money-driven-hoopla! It was floated out of the TV broadcast battle and as and when the matches are telecasted on Zee Sports, it’ll not be a surprise to me if the powers-that-be use it as a media-marketing gimmick (something on the lines of take Zee Sports + 12 other channels)

    And what betterment of cricket are we talking about here?? Players in ICL will play there and retire there…players under BCCI will play here and then go to ICL and retire there….whats any good that is gonna do to the country (Read: World Cup Victory)

  6. lazybug / Aug 23 2007 1:28 pm

    What do you mean? Is there anything wrong in making money out of the game as long as the palyers and administrators involved are paid accordingly?

    Betterment will come through the changes in practices of the BCCI. Yesterday itself they announced the increment of domestic players’ pay checks plus several other new projects. At least, the money will flow in the direction!

  7. Chittaranjan / Aug 24 2007 8:24 am

    When was money-flow a problem?? The problems with Indian Cricket lie in Consistency, Commitment, fitness, professionalism, athleticism, etc etc…which neither the ICL nor the BCCI’s raises can solve!

  8. lazybug / Aug 24 2007 8:34 am

    C’mon Ycee! The main problem with Indian Cricket is BCCI itself! It has been pathetic at managing Indian Cricket. Mind you, by Indian Cricket I do not men just international games. India’s domestic cricket scene is pathetic. Look at what the EPL has done to Football. If the BCCI really wanted to improve Cricket in India, they should have done something similar.

    At least the ICL will make them change their ways. Look at what they announced y’day, a rival 20-20 league to compete against the ICL. Would they have done this on their own? No Way! Will this (competing leagues) help Cricket in India, you bet it will!

  9. Free Birthday Greetings / Dec 5 2007 9:03 pm

    The BCCI action against ICL was the most shamefull act I have seen recently. Just imagine if your neighbour always keep a hassle on each and every step you do??. What you will feel. And what onlookers will feel??.
    Hey niranjan shaw you are supposed to do your job. You are not having any right to boycot the advertisement firms aho gives the ads to ICL.

    After all this is a Democratic country. You can’t do always what you did it jagmohan dalmia. (baning somebody for 20 years).

    Tail:- let manmohan ban Vajpai and advani for 20 years. Because you have shown them the way

  10. Chittaranjan / Dec 6 2007 1:15 pm

    err….spam advt. karra ki comemnt karra??

  11. lazybug / Dec 6 2007 1:43 pm

    A mix of both, i guess. can’t allow the hyper link. :mrgreen:

  12. Chittaranjan / Dec 6 2007 3:56 pm

    err… in another comment there’s the site uri in the name field…

  13. lazybug / Dec 7 2007 5:59 am

    Will remove that.

  14. Madhukar Daftary / Mar 25 2008 2:04 pm

    Today (25th March, 2008), I heard the sensational news of how we are capable of insulting our cricketing heroes! BCCI has not invited Kapil Dev in the felicitation ceremmony of Kumble in which Kumble will be honoured with a cricked ball worth Rs. 28 lakhs studded with precious stones. The most precious stone of Indian cricket will be absent in the function.

  15. lazybug / Mar 25 2008 4:27 pm

    @ Madhukar Daftary: The BCCI disowned Kapil Dev when he joined the ICL…this is consistent with their policy.

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