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This time it's Kotlagate

The inability to produce a one-day wicket suitable to international standards should be a story of the past. But the Feroz Shah Kotla (FSK) groundsmen seem hellbent on proving me wrong in this past week. Will India still be chief host of the upcoming World Cup?

The ICC is breathing down the necks of the BCCI, amidst the fallout of 'Kotlagate', and the question is being asked whether India's pitches are fit to host the World Cup. Pakistan has already been removed as co-host; something about terrorist activity. And if India's incompetency strikes them out too, I expect South Africa would love to raise their hand for this one too.

India needs this. Bad. Real bad. Delhi is already rubbing its face in the mud with Commonwealth Games preparation, so another failure would demoralise even the most loyal Indian fans.

The egos must slide and the preservation of cricket's dignity in India must come to the fore. The bottomless pit of cash which is the BCCI should be spent handsomely in getting the curators from Australia to sort out this schoolboy error which has become FSK. Australian pitches have stood the test of time in a climate similar to that faced by curators in India, so why not take the pearls of wisdom that their curators could pass on?

Then again we are talking about the BCCI. A machine solely involved in self-preservation and showing its power in cricketing circles by shoving wads of cash down their counterpart's mouths. Hardly the father figure who will lead by example.

But knowing how important cricket is in the country where gods have names like Tendulkar and Dhoni, let's hope the issue is dealt with properly, so we can move on and enjoy the spectacle of the World Cup in India.


Anonymous said...

What bullshit is this article about?!
Players from young leagues all over the world come to play in India,we have a vast number of stadiums that cannot be compared even to the likes of Australia
Whoever the author of this post his has no common sense and has definately not seen the grounds we have here.
Not to mention the world players struggle to get into the IPL which is the most competitive t-20 format in the world

Ankit said...

It is a real shame when proud Indians let their pride do the talking.

The article takes issue only with the disgrace of a pitch laid down in Delhi. It's been a problem before and it's a problem now. In fact if our friend here did a little research he'd find that the icc had cited the poor pitch quality at feroz kotla on November. There is a problem.

I do agree India definitely knows how to put on a show. The ipl has been successfully hosted to a world audience. We have no disagreements here. Hence that nor anything else you commented on were the subject of the article.

I myself am a proud Indian. And I do hope to be amongst my countrymen celebrating a successfully-hosted world cup. But at the moment the facts say we have improvements to make to ensure the tournament is a resounding success.

A final tip for our friend here: thanks for sharing but may be avoid doing the hysterical Indian pride thing until you know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Anonymous, you are very lucky that you chose to not to disclose your true identity because what you have said on quite a reasonable concern raised by Ankit (which has nothing to do with India's capability to host a spectacle) is not only stupid and ill-considered, it is wrong. But I have wasted enough of my breath on you, so I shall let it rest. I am not the only one who will hold this view. Am I right?
P.S. Keep your "bullshit" to yourself!

Aditya Kane said...

This is a really huge wake up call for Indian cricket. Its a game of professionals being run by amateurs. Hosting matches apart there are huge discrepancies.
IPL is the best T20 league and foreigners are struggling hard to get in. I agree with it, but that is only because 7 players in playing 11 have to Indian and hence foreigners find it harder. IPL is not real quality, do think Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma are hattrick takers? Do you think thes best indian batsman is Manish Tiwari. T20 is still just highly overated and very very lucky.

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