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BCCI v ICL: All Logic Flies Out The Window

Homer is incensed at the treatment meted out to, now former, Mumbai captain Nilesh Kulkarni. He asks some very valid, if not rhetorical, questions about the conduct of the selectors responsible for Kulkarni's dumping.

For mine, the BCCI and its trusted cronies affiliates have no idea what has hit them. Unfortunately for the old bloc, they don't have the ability to judge a threat for its real worth and act accordingly. If they did, they would realise that the ICL is not a threat at all, but an opportunity to change the face of world cricket and get wealthier in the process.

If the simpletons that 'run' the BCCI had slightly more intelligence that a pink flamingo, they wouldn't have required a second invitation to take a share of the spoils.

Instead, we are left with a situation where typical babu-style arrogance and short-sightedness has forced a loyal servant of the game with no option but to shrug his shoulders and sign with the ICL. At least nobody can accuse Kulkarni of chasing big money over national/state pride.

So Homer, fret not, otherwise you will do serious damage to your health. The treatment meted out to Kulkarni will be repeated with countless other players, because the BCCI knows not to pick on kids its own size. Indeed, Kulkarni and all others in a similar position, will be forced to jump, in a futile attempt by the idiots-that-be to save themselves and their greedy leader any "real or imagined" embarrassment.

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Anonymous said...

Dont think so that Kulkarni is that big player to have any kind of effect on the health of Mumbai cricket.

And it takes guts to refuse the offer which might sound lucrative n tempting, but does he have it in him ?

Look @ Akash Chopra. Though his comeback is very scant possibility, but yet he has refused ICL.

Thats what you call guts.

Ayush Trivedi said...

Welcome to blog and good luck with your own blogging adventure. Hope you keep coming back.

Re Kulkarni, the point is not what Kulkarni could have done for the team. The point is to recognise the petty and vitriolic behaviour of all those connected to the Board.

This was a guy who hadn't made up his mind. Back in reality, where we all live, if I had job offers from two companies, and I told one or both that I wasn't sure which way to jump, it would be in each company's best interest to try and convince me in their favour. Neither would stick up their middle finger at me and tell me to get screwed because I was sizing up an offer that also seemed attractive to me.

These BCCI clowns are arrogant beyond belief and the only reason they are so is that the players don't have a strong (or any) association that represents their interest and keeps the Board in check.

Homer said...


Thanks for the referral and the concerns for my health. Had come pretty close to bursting a vessel but now its all good :).

A more fundamental issue connected with the Kulkarni episode is about how we treat our own.

Harsha Bhogle had written an article at the time of Dilip Sardesai's death of the lack of respect the younger generation had for the generations past. And so the question becomes - if these up and coming kids see the treatment meted out to their ex captain, why should anyone expect them to act differently?

Where would they have the respect for Nilesh Kulkarni - he was dumped like a rag doll without recourse to natural justice.

Why would they respect , for instance, Milind Rege - ex Mumbai captain and current selector , who famously said when Mumbai were in a tailspin in the middle of the last Ranji season before the most remarkable of turnarounds - “You cannot live in a fool’s paradise,” Rege shot back. “You can’t carry the burden of the past. You have to accept that Mumbai has lost it’s sheen. In times like these one can only look to the God. We have to regroup and that has to happen fast.”

Imagine a selector saying that about the team he helped select.

And where would they have the respect for Dilip Vengsarakar, who famously pooh poohed the talent pool in the country.

Arent the MCA officials perpetrating a "each man for himself" type of thinking by their actions?

And if that is the case, what sort of role models are the MCA officials and ex players ?

By treating our own in this fashion, what precedent are we setting for the coming generations?

Soulberry said...

Things are different now with the BCCI pro-league coming up.

The empire has struck back and ICL is in trouble.

Ayush Trivedi said...

It's unfortunate that the empire still does not believe that the ICL poses any significant threat to its plans. The biggest advantage to cricket of the ICL was that it had the capacity to change the BCCI forever, by getting it to think more about the players and the fans and not its office bearers.

I guess good things take time. A really long time.

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