Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Despicable BCCI

When the Australian's said that BCCI is controlling ICC, I said "Why not?". Since BCCI had so much of money to invest in Cricket, why don't they favor BCCI? Also we never got any justice from the ICC for any controversies that happened so far and the judgement always goes in favor of the opponent. But now I changed my stance and I feel that ICC can't just be a doll in the hands of BCCI. Why I say this? Just read on...

I recently read this article(ICL policy could cost England - BCCI) in Cricinfo. After I read it, I was like "it's toooo much and enough is enough". The Gist of it:
"Two weeks after the ECB announced the US$5 million Champions League Twenty20 tournament, England are in danger of not being part of the event with the BCCI officially deciding on Sunday to bar players associated with the unauthorised Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, told Cricinfo Pakistan had been asked to join the tournament after the Indian board found it would not be possible to invite English counties due to the ECB's "policy of letting ICL players play in their leagues". The IPL - a part of the Indian board - is the driving force behind the Champions League while the rules for the tournament are currently being framed by Cricket Australia."

IS Bindra, a member of the IPL's governing council, told Cricinfo that "as of now, three [participating] countries are confirmed - India, South Africa and Australia". "Pakistan may be the fourth, but first we have to get a response from the ECB on the ICL issue," Bindra said. "Teams from England can be considered, but only those who don't have players associated with the ICL.

"The BCCI is very clear that ICL players will not be featured in the tournament. If the ECB can't guarantee that it will clear only teams without ICL players for the tournament, then we will look at the replacement."


How can they be so cheap? First they banned the ICL players from playing for India and in any other official BCCI tournaments. Now they don't want them to play for other countries as well? Who the hell are they to ban them from playing cricket in other countries? I just get irritated so much by these kind of mean people in India. They bring in politics wherever they go.

They are not as gentle as the Pakistan Cricket Board too. When Shoib Akhtar was banned from playing in IPL, PCB came down and requested IPL to allow Shoib to play, though he was not allowed to play in Pakistan. Can't BCCI just learn from this? They are earning all these money in Cricket just because of the millions of cricket fans in India. They are nothing if we stop watching cricket.

And another thing I got irritated about is this IPL. These were taken from an interview by Rediff with Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman.

Lalit, how does it feel to look around and go -- I did this?
A: It's a great feeling to find that you can fill a whole stadium up with this kind of enthusiasm that the people have. And you can see that the game hasn't even started today and they're all so lively. And it's absolutely an incredible feeling. It feels great to be able to create a product that everybody loves. And I just happen to be there -- at the right time, at the right moment. And followed the opportunity and were able to go out and launch it.

So there's you know a lot of people making a lot of money off the IPL, but you're not one of them?
A: No I'm not one of them, unfortunately not.

Why not?
A: Well, I do this in an honorary position and BCCI is a charity and a trust. It's a non-profit making organization and we do this for development of the game and I'm passionate about the game. And we do this so that the people in India can enjoy the facilities and we can build a great cricketing culture and we can have great facilities for our players
Just read the words that I highlighted in red above. If there is no ICL there is no IPL. IPL is just copied from ICL and you can't take the credit for it. You don't need to pay them anything for that but just try to be gentle to them. If you are passionate about the game, why do you bar the ICL players? Is this the great cricketing culture you are going to build?

When I read the comments in Cricinfo, I can see that almost everyone wants BCCI to stop this. I was even happy to see everyone blasting BCCI. I got this link from one of that comment. People who think likewise, should go to this link and send your feedback to ICC. Hope ICC will take some action.