BCCI President N. Srinivasan is the most destructive man in cricket, says an angry Australia daily. Amazing how threat perceptions are tempered when it comes to making big bucks in the IPL, or otherwise in Indian cricket, observes Jaideep Ghosh.
Cricket is a dangerous and destructive sport. Has always been, but with the development of insanely huge bats and immensely aggressive batsmen, it’s become quite a risky affair to play, or even watch the game, as some spectators in the Indian Premier League have experienced over the last couple of editions, especially the last two.
Equally, India is a risky place. The traffic is insane, the law and order leaves a lot to be desired and the corruption levels, according to the said newspaper, are somewhere in the high 90s (almost as good as Bradman’s average).
Funny though, how none of this stops Australian players, coaches, physios, therapists, psychologists, umpires, commentators, cheerleaders and assorted guests in various team jerseys from thronging the country, savouring its diverse culture, food, rapidly deteriorating weather and most of all, the greenbacks pouring into their accounts.
Oh by the way, how many of these people have work permits?
All that is fine, till such time as when the Australians are challenged at the international level – namely the international players union, FICA.
As all would know by now, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan beat former Australia off-spinner Tim May as chief executive of FICA over three bouts of voting – the scores progressively ranging from 1-9, 5-5 and finally 6-4 – in favour of the former Indian leggie.
The Australian media reacted like they always do. Badly. They just can’t handle going down to these Indians, be it on the field (where there was precious little left to say) or off it.
Sure, the election process wasn’t sacrosanct, but do excuse me, which thing in the sport is? The International Cricket Council (ICC) has had situations where two matches under its umbrella have been played in two venues – one with DRS, one without.
Chucking has been legalized with some gibberish about 15 degrees of flex (??). Fixers aren’t ever caught by the Anti-Corruption Unit but invariably by the police of the said nation where the fixing was enacted.
So to expect FICA, which is essentially another arm of the hydra that is cricket, to have absolutely free and fair elections, is a little optimistic. This is cricket, after all.
The Daily Telegraph had little material to fall back on, so barring the angst surrounding the use of muscle by BCCI, its article essentially has what all Srinivasan is being investigated for; how badly India does on the transparent international corruption index (94 to Australia’s 7), etc., are thrown up. It is essentially not a swing at Srinivasan and BCCI, but India as a whole.
As for the CBI investigations, I am sure even the Daily Telegraph knows that a person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. A transparency index rating of 7 should surely ensure that?
Or maybe only in Australia.
- BCCI threatened boards to vote for Sivaramakrishnan on ICC committee: report (ibnlive.in.com)
- ICC announces Indian winner amid vote concern (dawn.com)
- Dispute over re-vote for key position on ICC committee (vancouverdesi.com)
- ICC announces winning candidate amid concerns over voting process, India’s influence (vancouverdesi.com)
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