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The Board's hurricane has a chink
April 09, 2007
In that respect, I admit I was horribly wrong when I anticipated in my last article that Sharad Pawar's team would do nothing except act benignly in his belief that our debacle at the ongoing World Cup was just a part of what is, after all, just a game. On the other hand, the Cricket Board's fiat endorsing Dravid's continuance as the captain and giving a pat on Chappell's back must have added salt to the failed seniors' injury.
The fact that Tendulkar hasn't as yet resorted to the prohibited hook indicates that even he has been forced to duck the greased lightning bouncer from the Board.
Legal complications may well force the Board compromise on its draconian diktat on players' product endorsements though the ruling seems to have been well received by the aam aadmi who is nauseated every time he sees Pathan cartwheeling stumps or hitting a sixer on a television spot when he can't even get a spot in the actual India XI.
But among all other drawings in the blueprint drawn up by the Board, the most revolutionary is its decision to have four-man centralised national selection committee instead of the age-old practice of having a selector nominated from each of the five administrative zones of Indian cricket. Payments to these four full-time selectors appointed for a two-year period is also a long overdue and welcome step.
What is unwelcome, though, is that it is the Board's Working Committee that will appoint this new-look selection committee, thereby again enabling favouritism and politicking by administrators who really do not have the wherewithal to assess the calibre of a selector.
The Board really missed a democratic trick there. As I wrote in my letter of December 21, 2005 to Sharad Pawar:
1.The system of nomination of the five selectors by the BCCI's General Body must be replaced by election of selectors. The responsibility for that delicate and critical task must be entrusted to the cricketers' body known as All India Cricket Players' Association of which Arun Lal is the current president.
If only it had integrated the Cricket Players Association of India, it would have been another feather in the Cricket Board that has long been criticised as autocratic rather than democratic. It would have had the added value of keeping the Players' Association and ex-cricketers of distinction and esteem more intimately connected with the present and future of Indian cricket.
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