Daily Archives: 13 May 2008

Money flexes its muscle

Two interesting news items concerning the IPL clearly shows that Mr Money will flex its muscle much more than in the conventional Indian cricket scenario under the BCCI.

The firs is the popular story of Vijay Mallya’s charge about Charu Sharma and Dravid not handling the auctions well. He has been careful about not saying too much about Dravid but Sharma has had to take it quite strongly. Afterall Mallya has put in the money and he will expect results. If 5 flights of Kingfisher did not take off on time for 10 days in succession some big heads in the company will roll.

The other story is about the Kolkata Knightriders asking some of its players to go home as they may not feature in the scheme of things this year. Is this a case of cost cutting? Afterall some of these players like one guy from Nagaland has to be put up in hotel and all his expenses taken care for him to just warm the bench. Maybe not even that unless he is in the squad. Chennai on the other hand seems to follow a kind of rotation policy as far as its substitutes are concerned so that everyone gets a piece of the dugout/dressing room action.

But these stories highlight the thing that BCCI never did. How many times have the BCCI pulled up its players for non performance? How many times have team selection blunders been ignored? How many times have prejudices and biases dominated team selection without anyone questioning or raising the issue?

If a team can send players home because they may never get a piece of the action, why can’t the BCCI stop sending huge contingents of officials on paid holidays?

— Sanjay

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