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Should BCCI step in to stem the rot?
November 24, 2006
It's been among the worst defeats the Indian XI suffered in recent times.
Wednesday's drubbing in Durban -- where the team folded for a paltry 91 runs, within 30 overs -- rankles, and how.
The promising coach-captain combine of Greg Chappell and Rahul Dravid, which began with a string of victories, seems to have lost steam over the last few matches.
The defeat also comes with the return of master batsman Sachin Tendulkar -- often hailed as the greatest -- to the Indian XI after a long layoff due to injury.
Is the excess 'experimentation' in the batting order, indulged in by the coach, who allegedly bulldozes his way with the captain, to blame? Our Members of Parliament seem to think so.
On Thursday, an irate bunch of MPs clamoured for Chappell's head in Parliament, asking Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar -- who also heads the Board of Control for Cricket in India -- to intervene by sacking the coach.
Should Pawar heed the demand? Should the BCCI chief step in? What should he do? Tell us!