Friday, May 01, 2009

Flogging the ICL players just a little bit more

Why do the ICL players need to be banned for one more year? Because they must be made to pay. What other reason could there be? I wish I didn't have to read about this sort of vindictiveness but so long as Lalit Modi is in charge, we'll get plenty of this. Congrats Modi. The ICL is over. You've won. Set off some fireworks. How I wish I could impose a "cooling period" on you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

like they say, power corrupts, and makes Modi a vindictive b***ard. I still don't get how the NZ board agreed to ban the likes of Shane Bond just coz big brother said so.

All modi has done is to cash in on a talented bunch of individuals with star power. In return he's impoverishing the game by dictating to boards about schedules. Modi's grand venture will hit a wall once a few retirements set in and few other players decide no amount of money is worth demeaning the game like this.

I'd done a satirical piece on Modi and his cronies a while ago:

1:28 PM  
Blogger Altus said...

Even worse though, is that it seems that they were not paid for the second season

2:39 PM  
Blogger Subash said...

Here we go again. First of all, all of the ICL players can immediately start playing domestic cricket. NZC is waiving the 1 year waiting period. Plus, this one year waiting period does not affect any of the players that might even remotely be in line for Team India selection. PCB has said it will approach it on case basis. Therefore, no potential International careers are being threatened by this "cooling" period. Easy with the knee jerks fellas. I know you have umpteen good reasons to hate Lalit Modi, but venting about this cooling period shouldn't be one. This 1 year thingy accomplishes a few things: 1. It strokes the ego of BCCI that they are not letting people in to international cricket right away -- but who in their right mind actually thinks any of these ICL players were gonna get a spot in the Indian team 2. It makes it look like the ICL players are paying the dues for breaking away 3. By letting them to play domestic cricket right away, its not ruining anyone's cricket career. Take a chill pill y'all!

3:51 PM  
Anonymous King Cricket said...

If Modi doesn't say 'feel my wrath' to his lunch before he eats it, we'd be surprised.

The man loves his own power.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Satish Srinivasan said...

Doesn't anyone think this whole IPL, ICL stuff is getting boring?

What do you think the Indian domestic players learned by playing with the International players?

I think they've lost the surprise element because most coaches now know what to expect from them. Remember why Ajanta Mendis was so successful in his first test series?

The best thing about this IPL was the Fake IPL Player blog. I'm looking forward to the England-WI test series.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

OE: Thanks for the link. I'm not sure players will decide "no amount of money is worth demeaning the game like this" :) Too many can be found for that!

Altus: In general, players aren't treated too well in the Indian context.

Subash: Whats the need for the cooling period other than the desire to stick it to them? Like you said, its about stroking egos.

KC: And the spinach trembles and quivers.

Satish: I'm pretty done with it myself. And yes, I'd like to watch a test or two myself!

6:52 AM  
Blogger V said...

What concerns me though with the player burn out.. Hardly any of the Indian test regulars or for that matter even one day players have made any mark ....They look tired ,jaded. Looking at the future itinerary player burn out is going to be a serious issue.. A lot of players are going to opt out as MS on the SL test tour .I hope it doesn’t impinge the progress made by the test team in the last few years. Cause ultimaly there is not greater thrill and joy then winning a hard fought test series .

8:07 AM  
Blogger Subash said...

I watch sometime Sean Hannity on Fox News (or Fox Noise as Olbermann calls it) and all he does everyday is point what's wrong with the current Obama administration. I listen for a minute his commentary that's completely one-sided and biased. He is the same guy who found no faults with the prior Bush administration. Anyway, after a while, I get frustrated and flip the channels. That is what I think of everyone bashing Lalit Modi. I am not saying he is a saint (of course, he is far from it) but the one-sided bashing from all corners does what Hannity does to an average viewer.. turns them away! You lose your credibility. Of course, Fox News still has a good number of viewers who agree with them, but the idea of a "forum" to debate things is lost.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Fark said...

Agree with the comments here.

I hear that Modi jerks off looking at the mirror .

What a pain in the ar$e.

5:10 AM  

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