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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.

Maharashtra State Board had asked question in test which are not in syllabus. I was talking to my sister and she was explaining this to me other day, as her son, my nephew, is appearing for SSC examination and apparently he got this B question paper. Poor guy

was panic after exam as he could only attempted 60 marks of question paper out of 75. One can understand that since the pressure of SSC examination is surreal and competition is so much. This is the turning point for one and that is the sad part. Exams will decide which college you go to and what field you choose.

And now that “The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to give 30 marks to all students in the subject, irrespective of which set (A, B, C or D) they were given.”.

And for obvious reason some people are happy and others are not.

But the main question or point here I have is what is done to those guys who are responsible for this test question? Why are they not hold accountable for this? Just giving 30 points is not the solution it might make the students and their parents happy but who is responsible for this?

Here is the link to the story via Mid-day.com

Agitated parents of SSC students assembled at the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party, in Vile Parle (East), Thursday morning, to plan a petition over a tough question paper in algebra and geometry given to some of the students earlier this week”

Well I came across this article about Worlds Dirtiest cities. And I was surprise to see that the only one Indian city features on this list and was more shocked to know it was Ranipet, Chennai.

Now you would ask why? Well this is so strange, I have visited this small town twice till now. This is native place of my wife and we got married right in this city.

I would like to see her reaction when she learns about this fact. Hmm. She has fond memories of this place. The fact that there are so many manufacturing companies around this area that I am not surprise that these companies are adding all toxic material and contaminating ground and water.

Ranipet, India

“Ranipet’s pollution can affect up to 3 million people, as it is upstream from populous Chennai. Its tannery waste amounted to 1,500,000 tons a year of toxic material. There is contamination of ground and water. There are efforts being made at containment.”