Sunday, June 2, 2013

DISTANCING FROM THE POLITICS IN INDIAN CRICKET

It all started on the 16th of May when three players from Rajasthan Royals were alleged of spot fixing. One of them had played 27 tests for India, was a part of the 2007 T20 World cup winning eleven as well as the 2011 World cup winning team. This was no ordinary dirt, but a corrosive algae manoeuvring for some time without our notice and had an effect of its poison decimating  a billion cricket believers. The vicious truth was exposed on the same day and it all ended on the 16th of May. The events that followed were just the usual in Indian cricket politics.

At times the BCCI plays out a political drama much better than the Indian cricket team can perform on the pitch. BCCI is a highly sustainable organization with the help of national politicians influencing their power through their state association post as president. Every damn politician calling shots for the head of Srinivassan knows nothing of what Indian cricketers have achieved or what they is capable of doing. They are money-lust politicians with an ultimate aim of seeking power to stack up their prosperous bank accounts and not people who share the love of the game as we do nor are they aware of how cricket administration should be done. The IPL owners are bollywood hungamas and have no idea as to how the game should be administered in ways other than to exploit money. BCCI has become a money laundering machine for every politician and bollywood star in this country.

What is more surprising is people paying more attention towards the events that followed the exploit of the spot-fixing scandal because those hourly breaking news from media is just daily political news, but just relayed on a cricket platform. It is a fight for power than for Indian cricket. The political instability in the BCCI right now is because of the people involved in the making of those politics itself. How can the issue be fixed then? The throne is set to have a new emperor not for the people but for the rest of the people in power who have elected the new emperor.

The working of political honchos in BCCI and realizations of their ambitions and vested interests has to be digested with regret, but it should never put us away from cricket, a game we truly love, is played on a pitch and not off it. Such a realization has made me distance away from the political happenings and breakouts post the exploit of the spot fixing scandal. A political game was played beneath my Indian cricketers who donned various color jerseys from yellow to blue to red, but that could not intrigue me any bit closer to the same Indian cricketers who won a thrilling warm-up match donned under the ‘real blue’ jersey. Such events never came close to the way I enjoyed a Yorskshire lad, Joe Root, being greeted with a standing ovation on his arrival to the pitch. Neither did those political conspiracies could hold me back to enjoy a Middlesex draw with Durham nor could it give me a satisfaction of a  possible New Zealand ODI series win en route to their recovery. I still enjoyed fantasies of Ricky Ponting returning for Ashes after his debut ton for Surrey in the midst of so called BCCI decisive meeting.

Distancing myself from the political events that has made quite a buzz in the last week or so has made me enjoy cricket just the way I used to and moreover reminded me of why I truly love the game of cricket where the contest is between bat and ball. The political events unfolded just like daily news under cricket section rather than usual national politics. Afterall, neither there is Srinivasan captaining the players on the field nor is there a Lalit Modi here giving contrary instructions from the sidelines.

The feeling of hurt and being let down was from those three cricketers and never too much on how Srinivasan show went about. The reason is simple that such political events has taken over our belief that Indian cricket will be led and governed by cricket administrators alone. It is right to expect our legends, ex-cricketers and even the current lot to show their distress and feelings for the happenings related to the players being alleged, but for them to not question Srinivasan’s chair or not to suggest new people for that chair is not surprising. With or without their BCCI contracts, their silence will signify how deeper the wound has taken shape: the wound of how incapable and politically selfish their cricket administrators are running the show. We have to understand their voices echo much louder and share the pain of a billion cricket fans, but their contributions and capabilities are being viewed by blind men at BCCI with vicious interests that hampers Indian cricket. It is less likely that Anil Kumble on questioning this political fiasco could possibly end up as BCCI president and rest agreeing with him to his vision of moving Indian cricket forward.

BCCI could have a strangle hold on anyone but its fans. To take it further, BCCI owes it to the fans who cherish Indian cricket. BCCI must realize that they have an endless contract with the fans to whom they are held responsible. There is popular saying that “With great power comes greater responsibilities”, but at the moment for BCCI the motto seems to be “With great power comes greater wealth”.

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