Thursday, July 17, 2008

The new untouchables

I would have posted this earlier but I was too busy making frequent trips to the bathroom so that I could indulge in another bout of violent retching. For I had unfortunately managed to read about the BCCI's latest attempt at behaving like zamindars. When will someone sue these bastards out of existence? Why don't you fix the damn featherbeds in India, BCCI? You know, the ones that produce the dull draws that are killing test cricket? Oh, right, cause that has nothing to do with your power plays and everything to do with cricket.


Blogger Pragmatic Analyst said...

I recall when Mr. Pawar was elected for BCCI President he promised to bring more "Transparency".
Wonder this is what he referred to where players will be manhandled openly.

No wonder someone like Dravid resigned soon after winning England Series and then the Dhoni burnout episode.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When BCCI forbade indian players from playing in ICL, I was surprised how can they legally do it. May be you can do such things legally in India. Now BCCI is "advising" players not to play in teams that have any ICL players. This is bizarre unless the objective is to kill any indian participation in proposed EPL. May be BCCI is exacting revenge since no major english player is playing in IPL.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Pragmatic Analyst said...

Mukul, since you mention about ECB and co-relating it with the new EPL 20-20 plans, I think BCCI is just flexing its muscle to continue or even increase for that matter its financial dominance leading towards literal monopoly. So, probably this step is not a sissy act, but a decision with far fetched implications favoring BCCI in long-term.

6:51 PM  
Blogger John said...

Are you actually surprised? Straight from the DIY Monopolist Handbook.
Mukul, it is a grey area. You have to go to court to find out if its legal, in India.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Thanks for the comments folks (and sorry for being late to respond). Someone has to bell the cat and unless the BCCI gets taken to court, there will be no clarity on what they can or cannot get away with. I'm not sure to what extent they are driven by the desire to punish ICL players versus their desire to punish the ECB for tolerating ICL players in their county teams. Either way, the whole business is rancid.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samir, are you suggesting that the BCCI should fix those featherbeds in the same way that the ECB fixed the Lords pitch? Ah, yes! How right you are!

5:03 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Anonymous: No, I'm suggesting they distinguish themselves from the ECB. High time we stopped taking our cues from the English.

6:20 AM  

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