Archive for the ‘worldCup2007’ Category

Amul ads has done it over and over for so many years. They came up this ad on Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar – the Master Blaster.

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Today morning, I was watching news on Aaj Tak (my daughter of 9 months like the music played during AajTak news and hence we have that channel and I will write another post about it) and they had this segment going on Cricket with news that BCCI has formed a committee of former players to evaluate the current team performance and what actions to be taken and to dig out the main problem facing Indian Cricket. Apparently, BCCI has roped in Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and others.

Aaj Tak had Kapil Dev on the telephone line as Kapil is giving his expert opinion on Aaj Tak these days. So the correspondents asked Kapil about this new committee and when they were going to start working for this and Kapil’s response was that he is not aware of any such committee and he did not receive any kind of notification about this committee from BCCI and he is only hearing about this from media. Such is the state of BCCI and what a confusion!

So today afternoon, I was thinking about it and I was happy that at least BCCI is taking steps to do something about this. I mean they should have done something similar after the South African tour. So I wanted to know more about this committee and hence I started searching on the web for news but did not get any links so I started searching for BCCI website and to my shock found that BCCI is India’s richest sporting body and one of the richest sports team or body in the whole world, they do not have an official website. Well in this age and time, and considering the fact that India is an IT (Information Technology) hub, I was surprised. No wonders there are so many rumors floating around. The only information I could get was from this Wikipedia page. The fact did open my eyes.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India, or BCCI, is the apex governing body for cricket in India and lays down its law. The board was formed in 1929. It is a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. The BCCI, inter alia, enjoys tax exemption and other benefits such as use of Indian police officers for free and often uses government-owned stadiums across the country at a nominal annual rent.”

Point here is, BCCI is just a society. No one owns the BCCI and BCCI’s membership generally includes the State cricket associations and hence all the regional problems during selection. So who is BCCI accountable to?

This is being a real eye opener for me. I mean BCCI enjoys all the facilities from the Indian Government and it is not accountable to anyone.

The problem as I see is having a strong leadership all along. There is no road map or strategy for anyone in place. I don’t how much input regional boards have in BCCI.

So just to compare BCCI with the Australian Cricket Board , I did a little bit of searching on the web. Since we need to be the best why not learn from best. So I searched for the Australian Cricket Board and what was the outcome, you ask? Impressive!!!

They not only have an Official website, but the website has a page for strategy. It lists 5 goals and 9 primary targets.

Here is the excerpt from wikipedia:

“Cricket Australia, formerly (and still often referred to as) the Australian Cricket Board, is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia. It was originally formed in 1905 as the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket Matches. [1] It is incorporated as an Australian Public Company, Limited By Guarantee.”

It is just not about having a website. The point again is about leadership and accountability.

India is out of this World Cup. Sri Lanka had a good win.

I hope that fans back in India don’t end up doing stupid things like attacking players house and start running around with donkeys with cricketer’s poster on them.

And well the way they batted this world cup they really would not had done any better against better teams. That’s it for me this world cup and I will watch may be Final. I am routing for South Africa now. But I still Australia will be the team to beat.

Very disappointing performance by India.

This could be the last world cup for Ganguly, Dravid and Sachin. So I would like to say Thank You for all the great moments and memories you have given us.

I am very sure Greg’s contract is in scoop now. BCCI will be under scanner, the richest cricketing authority as they are know should take responsibilities and act accordingly. Last year when Vengeskar took charge as head of the national selector, he had said it clearly that India don’t have bench strength. BCCI need to answer this kind of questions.

Last media needs to act appropriately they are the one who make Stars out of cricketers. Running tiny little stories about them and then make defamatory statements about them.

India hit record World Cup total of 413/5 in 50 overs. Good batting performance by India. Now it is for bowlers to do there job and get Bermuda out for lowest total. Srilanka wont their match by margin of 243, so hopefully India can better that and be alive when this match is over. But tremendous batting performance. I know lot of people will say they played against Bermuda but still one need to come out and play and put runs on board. And India has just done that.

Century by Sehwag should help his cause. But its was Yuraj who made this total possible, tremendous hitting by him. In all Indian inning saw 18 sixes. This is how the Indian inning ended. Nice to see they were able to finish inning on high note.

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Let hope bowlers also come out with similar Mojo!!

Inzamam announced his retirement todayWell that is sad. I remember watching Haq for the first time in 1992 world cup. Especially the game against New Zealand which he turned in Pakistan’s favor and thus rose to the limelight of cricketing world. Clean hitting. Imran was the one to identified him and nurtured talent in him and the way he was used in that tournament helped him grow in future. Initially I remember he was also compared to Tendya. He was in the same class I feel.

He played 377 matches over a 15-year career, scoring 11702 runs at 39.53 including 10 hundreds and 83 fifties. That is impressive stat. But one thing that stats don’t reflect is what  a great ambassador he was for his country and for cricket. I mean I am not big fan of Pakistan cricket but the I liked Inzy. He was very humble and graceful in all the press conference and on the field. Even during the controversy against England test, when he and his team walked of the field.

Pakistan team is going through lot.