By the time I started watching cricket seriously, Kapil Dev was in the last quarter of his career and new heroes were emerging. I could not witness his banana swing or destructive batting what he was capable of producing but I did witness the magic of his razor sharp comments. For example, once our medium pacer Anil Kumble got so frustrated by the West Indian pad man Jimmy Adams' "I want to keep my bat young" tactics that he hit his favorite, the apples. At 123kmph,
Today I heard him on Ten Sports, roaring as he ever does and making some sense.
BCCI has banned everyone who joins ICL, players that is. ICL started with Subhash Chandra giving his two cents to improve the state of Indian cricket after WC debacle. BCCI politely rejected the idea – “Thanks but no thanks”. Chandra decided to go ahead with it and got some big names signed up – as players and as sponsors. Although most of the players were either retired/nearing retirement or had lost hopes for playing at the highest level. Some though it as an easier means to get some earning, especially foreign players, because no where in the world cricket is not as lucrative as in
· Only time I can remember ICC banning a player for not so cricketing reason was during
· Agreed ICC has banned ICL because it’s an arm, BCCI considers it as a rebel. But an associate of a rebel is also a rebel. Should ICC not ban Ten Sports who is currently broadcasting ICL in
· What about sponsors? They should also be banned because without them, ICL would not have been possible. If Coke had got the sponsorship of IPL, Pepsi would surely have gone to sponsor ICL. Had BCCI got Pepsi banned too through ICC and forced all its players to cancel their contracts with Pepsi?
· Not every time there is a “first mover’s advantage”. Sometimes there is a “first mover’s disadvantage” as well. When HSBC established its first ATM in
· One more league means more competition and giving more of the food you want to feed your customers with. This would have given more scope to not only players but sponsors as well to choose from. May be BCCI is used to of its dictator status and likes the monopolistic ways.
The biggest challenge for IPL would be create new parameters for loyalty. If I have been supporting
One of my Hyderabadi friend asked me – “So, are you looking forward to IPL?”
I said I do not know.
His reply was – “That is because you don’t have a team to support, I have.”
Someone might soon write in some paper in Mumbai now – “No one wants UP-Biharis in this country, not even IPL”.