June 1, 2011

Indian cricket

A poorly organised function

Nitin Sundar

From BCCI officials hogging the limelight instead of former Indian cricket greats, to a lack of uniformity in the attire of current India players, the BCCI awards ceremony in Mumbai was a poorly organised event. Clayton Murzello and Sai Mohan report in the Mid-Day newspaper.

Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni sharing the stage would have been an apt way to celebrate, but what does the BCCI do? Keep him in the audience while their big wigs give away the biggest honours of the evening - the CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award to Salim Durani and the Polly Umrigar award to Sachin Tendulkar, the outstanding cricketer of 2009- 10. These awards were given away by BCCI chief Shashank Manohar and president elect N Srinivasan even as legends Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar et al were in the audience. The question on most lips was: “ why was Kapil called in the first place?” “I am sure Kapil is hurt about this, although he won’t talk about it and mar the function,” said a former teammate of the 1983 captain.

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