It was to be bigger,better, grander.
However, it has not worked out that way—for IPL 2011.
Television viewer’s interest plummeted, ticket sales tapered off and there was a jaded, sleazy feeling to the largest sporting extravaganza on the Indian sub-continent.
Certainly not international cricketers.
Why should they care about the most powerful man in the world, when they have to deal with the BCCI? Proximity bites.
The Indian cricket board is not popular with current players cutting across national borders.
You would think otherwise. Without the IPL, foreign players are at the mercy of their respective cricketing boards.
The lousy ingrates.
Cricketers believe that the BCCI has an undue influence on the ICC’s decision-making.
Grow up, chaps. Money makes the world go round—clockwise and counter-clockwise.
They whinge yet 32% promise to retire prematurely from national commitments to take part in the IPL and sundry T20 tournaments.
Aren’t you chewing off the hand that feeds?
Red wine for the whiners, please!
Note: You didn’t get this from the grapevine.
Quote of the day:
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford
“Hmm…. That’s interesting.” I reply, sipping my ante meridiem cuppa tea.
“If the Indian cricketers can have the ICL and IPL, the hockey players, the IHL and the tennis players, the ITL, then us canines should have a league of our own.”
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My dog, Bolshoi , the Boxer, is quite peeved with me.
How do I know that?
Well, for one, he keeps giving me these dirty looks, looks that would have you believe that I am going to eat up everything that is laid in his name-plated bowl.
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Is it the end of the road for the Kochi consortium? A Daily News & Analysis (DNA) report would have us believe so.
Vijay Tagore reports that at a meeting held on Friday, the 12th of November, 2010, the franchisee owners agreed to write to the Board Of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) to cancel the team.The letter is to be submitted this Monday or Tuesday. This is a good two weeks before the deadline extended by the BCCI.
(Well, if there’s bad news to be had , you might as well receive it early.)
The irreconcilable differences in the cobbled-together-unit could not stand the scrutiny of day. The members’ sole concern is to recover the money and bank guarantee submitted to the Board.The agreement fee was $10 million (Rs. 45 crore) and the bank guarantee Rs. 153 crore , 10 per cent of the team’s worth.
In this case, it does seem a case of a terrible beginning making for an equally tragic ending.
Just when you thought that there were no more honours that could be bestowed on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the ICC goes ahead and names him the official event ambassador for the 2011 World Cup.
The master batsman will support and promote a variety of ICC initiatives for the World Cup.This will also be Tendulkar’s sixth World Cup, thus joining Javed Miandad at the top of the heap.
Another South African , former coach Mickey Arthur has joined Herschelles Gibbs in opening up the can of worms that is South African cricket. In his book “Taking The Mickey”, Arthur has revealed that Hashim Amla’s elevation to the SA ODI team was delayed as he was forced to play Loots Bosman instead succumbing to race politics.
Hashim Amla currently tops the ICC ODI rankings. Arthur resigned as coach early this year.
After expressing his unwillingness to use the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), India captain MS Dhoni has done a volte face and now come out in support of the system.
Dhoni on Thursday:
"The standard of umpiring has gone down and we need to have strong measures to improve that,"
"But, as I have said earlier, I am not going to buy a life jacket that doesn’t come with a warranty,"
"At times you tend to make mistakes. The umpires are also most of the time thinking about over rates and player behaviour,"
Dhoni also came out in support of struggling Gautam Gambhir ahead of the second Test against New Zealand at Hyderabad on Friday.
Gautam was ICC Test cricketer of the year in 2009.
Meanwhile, Chris Cairns is suing ex-IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for posting a Twitter accusing him of match-fixing .Cairns was withdrawn from the IPL auction this year. The tweet was later retracted but Cairns has taken Modi to court alleging the damage had already been done. Cairns claims that he left the Chandigarh Lions , an ICL team, because of fitness issues after damaging his knees.
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The IPL saga saw a lull in the proceedings because of the Diwali holidays. Indian fans were quite content enjoying the fireworks on display at Motera with Sehwag and Bhajji eking out explosive knocks.
But the IPL has not quite escaped the news. The side actors have played their part.