Cricket administration July 8, 2011

Power above integrity, an Asian malady requires remedy

India dominating in the Caribbean, Pakistan cricketers shining in an English domestic tournament, Sri Lanka winning at the home of cricket, Bangladesh a full member of the ICC, all rosy in the garden of South Asian cricket?
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World Champions India dominating in the Caribbean, Pakistan cricketers shining in an English domestic tournament, Sri Lanka winning at the home of cricket, Bangladesh a full member of the ICC, all rosy in the garden of South Asian cricket? Rosy, that is, if you choose to turn your gaze from the weeds and parasites destroying this once thriving landscape.

An alternative analysis paints a bleaker picture. India dominating but damaging international cricket, the fabric of Pakistan cricket disintegrating by the day, Sri Lanka in the grip of politically motivated decline, and the cricket of Bangladesh no further advanced than in the days before full member status.

Worryingly, a gloomier verdict has been gathering momentum for years, and a fortnight of expedient words and some forthright wisdom has brought this important debate back to prominence. The cricketing powers of South Asia face fundamental challenges, as underlined by recent pronouncements by ICC officialdom and Kumar Sangakkara's libero performance, with the decrepit governance of cricket in the region being the unifying theme.

India's cricket board, the BCCI, faces perhaps the greatest test of character. Having established itself as the power behind the ICC, the BCCI must demonstrate that it is capable of exercising power with responsibility. That responsibility includes the long-term global development of cricket and the welfare of its member cricket boards, a remit that extends far beyond short-term profiteering and promotion of cricket as a national vanity project.

The power of the BCCI is such that criticism falls on deaf ears. What the BCCI wants, whether it is in relation to lucrative national Twenty20 tournaments or the use of technology to support umpiring decisions, is what the BCCI gets. Decisions are couched in diplomatic doublespeak and endorsed by a rubber-stamping majority on the ICC executive.

Whether this judgment is harsh or fair will be proven by the outcomes of the ICC's governance review and the initiative to depoliticise ICC's member cricket boards. If in two years time the BCCI is strengthened or merely unaffected by any reforms, these initiatives will have been a sham exercise. Alternatively, were BCCI to emerge weaker and less dominant, favouring a more consensual decision-making process, world cricket would be strengthened.

Power is a drug and the BCCI appears particularly intoxicated. Outside pressure is unlikely to offer detoxification. The onus is on Indians to speak up to reign in their own cricket board. Many do already, but those voices must be multiplied and amplified to divert the BCCI from its present hubristic course. A bitter irony accompanied ICC's announcement that politics must be separated from cricket governance since the BCCI has played an astute political game to secure its pre-eminent position in world cricket.

The damaging effects of political interference were underlined by Sangakkara's Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord's this week, and the disease of political interference is a pandemic that engulfs the whole South Asian region in every walk of life. Political interference and obsession with power isn't unique to South Asia but it threatens the future and integrity of international cricket on a scale unrivalled by any other cricketing country or region.

Sangakkara traces Sri Lanka's cricket troubles back to the World Cup win in 1996. The passion and clarity of his delivery was refreshing for a modern cricketer, and he helped explain Sri Lanka's failure to move on significantly from that victorious night in Lahore. A reasonable hypothesis is that as a new cricketing nation with a point to prove success was the primary motivation of all stakeholders in Sri Lankan cricket until that triumph filled people's heads with thoughts of power, fame, and influence. The politics of power devoured the unity that is a prerequisite for success.

Sangakkara's robust critique was impressive for its willingness to reproach his countrymen for the sake of the integrity of cricket in his country. Indeed, Imran Khan delivered last year's Spirit of Cricket Lecture and disappointed many of his countrymen by failing to speak up about the crisis that is engulfing the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Perhaps Imran thought that any criticism would be old hat? Certainly, the report of the ICC Pakistan Task Team has offered no new insights or new solutions to Pakistan's ills. But it is significant that the task team officially switched its focus to the integrity and governance of Pakistan cricket following the spot-fixing crisis; integrity and good governance first to stabilise Pakistan cricket, the issue of home fixtures a distant second.

In polite diplomatic tones the task team is highly critical of the PCB and its governance of Pakistan cricket. The pot calling the kettle black perhaps but considering the change in the task team's remit the recommendations are difficult to argue with since they are precisely what the PCB's critics have been demanding.

In short, the governance of the PCB and its administration of Pakistan cricket is an absolute shambles requiring root and branch reform. Anybody with any genuine affection for Pakistan cricket would agree with that conclusion. There is no mechanism for implementation of the task force's recommendations, however. More troublesome still is that rather than the report being helpful since the PCB may not even pay lip service, Pakistan cricket is now set up for two unwelcome outcomes.

The absence of a clear road map for the return of international cricket to Pakistan, understandable as it is given the current political climate and the bungling security record of the PCB, the task team has enshrined the policy of Pakistan's home fixtures being played on neutral venues. Far from hastening tours to Pakistan, the task team has shifted them off the agenda.

What's more, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been officially placed on notice that its ruinous governance is a major contributor to the crises that have damaged and continue to threaten the integrity of international cricket. Instead of the beginning of a journey to rehabilitate Pakistan cricket, were the PCB to ignore the Pakistan Task Team, this might turn out to be the first step on the road to the expulsion of Pakistan from the ICC.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • pampou on August 13, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    I see the criticism of Pakistan cricket by most of commentators, Yes there are problems but in such matters those who claim to be cricket's leaders also need to excercise the resposibility with care. The game of cricket needs to be supported by all. Beware of the famous saying, " power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"

  • aftab on July 25, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Sadly, this is a pointless analysis and brims with typical Pakistani India-bashing. As a Pakistani fan, I won't support it. It does not expain the success of Indian and SL cricket since 1996 WC. SL were runner-ups last time ('07), and three were in semis this time. If it has anything to do with the governamce, bingo, that's what sub-continent needs. If any one remembers, Muhammad Asif was a product of an Indian academy. Fact is, quality of cricket and its governance is not as much inter-twined as usually assumed. True, there are governance problems in all the three countries and must be sorted out. Luckily, there is enthusiasm on streets enough to have the pipeline flowing. IPL has helped too. BD needs a tour like the SL tour of Pakistan before the '96 WC, when they came off age. BD have been unluckily to evade such a switch in their mental state, but have shown signs of possible future great. It has nothing to do with governance.

  • Manjeet on July 21, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    So USA helps Pakistan with aid and country survives. Now you want BCCI to offer same help for PCB to survive. Arent you guys kinda getting used to living on financial aids. Do you really think that will happen and is it correct? Can you guys really not handle such minor issues on your own atleast once?

  • Kinetic on July 20, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    BCCI is first responsible for growth of Indian cricket not long-term global development of cricket . For that gloabal developmet other boards need to help BCCI and not oppose what it says. Infact I would say Mr abbasi instead of worrying for BCCI you should find out ways to help PCB manage their affairs because the way thnigs are going now PCB seems to be going WICB way. BCCI opposes only defective hawkeye, a defect acknowledged bythe company which makes hawkeye,itself. So if BCCI asks it to be 100% correct before implementation is it such a big deal or wrong deal? Instead of criticising power of BCCI it would be better if you guys learnt from BCCI and improved PCB instead instead of expecting BCCI to help PCB as if it was some Indian state cricket board.Last I checked Pakistan was sovereign country and sovereign countries help themselves instead of expecting help from neighbours. People help only those whom they see trying to help themsleves first. Self help is best . Try that first.

  • Honif Chakroborty on July 20, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Wow I never knew it was BCCI's job to take care of PCB/Pak cricket because from your article it looks like you are blaming all problems beseiging Pakistan cricket to BCCI actions. I was under impression Pakistan was a richer place than India as per your history books and also remember reading how Pakistan mgmt schools were way ahead of India in management education. Based on that fact PCB should have been a well managed rich body to which BCCI should plead help. What happened man? Did things go wrong? When SLPL was announced may hates of IPL said that SLPL would be quality cricket unlike the IPL. Oh well what happened to that quality cricket and cricketers because my impression was abscence of Indian players would actually increase the standard of SLPL. Now someone tellms BCCI is to be blamed for fall od SLPL because they did not send their players.I dont think when IPL was started BCCI needed help of other boards ..then why does SL/PCB board need Indias help to start SLPL?

  • Jas on July 19, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    @ShaniJ - since when is it India's responsibility to make PCB financially viable? You guys need to stop begging and get on with it. India should not play anyone at neutral venues...

    When Australia and the WI were strong they did not want to tour India either ...check the records. SO if the WI gets a second eleven tour then tough luck. Also if you are so keen to see BAN or ZIM play then maybe you can get them to come to Pakistan!

  • Saurabh on July 19, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @ ShaniJ. Yes, lot of damage done by BCCI...so why are the boards begging to play with India? The obvious answer -- take advantage of India's growth...money matters dude!

  • Hitesh Joshi on July 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Firstly, Sangakara's speech did not mention anything about BCCI - only about political interference (I know you mention that but want to avoid other readers from misunderstanding).

    Secondly, this article is a bit biased against the Indian board. The BCCI's claim against Decision Review System is technically sound and makes sense - actually its stand has improved the quality after the latest agreement in the ICC meeting.

    There is a controlled complaint as expected regarding BCCI causing problems for the SLPL. But if you read in detail, BCCI does not damage cricket by not allowing Indian players to any other leagues - its strictly BCCI's decision on how to direct the players. SLPL may go ahead without Indian players just like the IPL did not have many English players and more recently Pakistani players. Its simple - the show goes on no matter what but the other boards must show guts to keep it on. SLPL raised concerns about broadcasting rights but main problem is its own stability.

  • optimismsrationality on July 11, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Folks do Not Like BCCI bacause: - BCCI provides the maximum funds for International Cricket. This fund is generated through the mad love Indians have for the game and the BCCI makes sure that these fans and their interests are not hurt. - BCCI opposed DRS. There were 9 full member countries then who supported it. The ICC constitution says if 8 Full Members and 38 Level two members support a motion, the motion can be passed. So why did not the ICC pass the DRS motion because BCCI was apparently the only one to oppose it. - BCCI wanted the rotation policy to stop - Well imagine Mr. Ijaz Butt running the show at ICC - is it good/ is it bad/ it does not matter? I guess BCCI is only doing what all boards are doing - Protecting their interests. Nothing wrong here. But when it affects the benefit of other nations (since BCCI refuses to foot the bill) people cry hoarse. Stop complaining. Pay your own bills.

  • ShaniJ on July 11, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @ all those who are asking what damage India has done to world cricket. 1.Not willing to play cricket with ZIM and BAN because it does not give them great profits .Thereby damaging cricket in those countries. 2.Not agreeing to play against Pakistan even at any neutral venue,for reasons only known to them.May be they dont want PCB to become financially stronger. 3.Refusing to recognise Srilanka premiere league and giving stupid reasons for it.May be a case of sour grapes .They dont want any other league to become as popular as their IPL. 4.Inexplicably opposing DRS all together,when they should have only opposed Hawk eye. These are only few of the many instances(I dont have time to write all of them) where India has done damage to World cricket.

  • pampou on August 13, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    I see the criticism of Pakistan cricket by most of commentators, Yes there are problems but in such matters those who claim to be cricket's leaders also need to excercise the resposibility with care. The game of cricket needs to be supported by all. Beware of the famous saying, " power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"

  • aftab on July 25, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Sadly, this is a pointless analysis and brims with typical Pakistani India-bashing. As a Pakistani fan, I won't support it. It does not expain the success of Indian and SL cricket since 1996 WC. SL were runner-ups last time ('07), and three were in semis this time. If it has anything to do with the governamce, bingo, that's what sub-continent needs. If any one remembers, Muhammad Asif was a product of an Indian academy. Fact is, quality of cricket and its governance is not as much inter-twined as usually assumed. True, there are governance problems in all the three countries and must be sorted out. Luckily, there is enthusiasm on streets enough to have the pipeline flowing. IPL has helped too. BD needs a tour like the SL tour of Pakistan before the '96 WC, when they came off age. BD have been unluckily to evade such a switch in their mental state, but have shown signs of possible future great. It has nothing to do with governance.

  • Manjeet on July 21, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    So USA helps Pakistan with aid and country survives. Now you want BCCI to offer same help for PCB to survive. Arent you guys kinda getting used to living on financial aids. Do you really think that will happen and is it correct? Can you guys really not handle such minor issues on your own atleast once?

  • Kinetic on July 20, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    BCCI is first responsible for growth of Indian cricket not long-term global development of cricket . For that gloabal developmet other boards need to help BCCI and not oppose what it says. Infact I would say Mr abbasi instead of worrying for BCCI you should find out ways to help PCB manage their affairs because the way thnigs are going now PCB seems to be going WICB way. BCCI opposes only defective hawkeye, a defect acknowledged bythe company which makes hawkeye,itself. So if BCCI asks it to be 100% correct before implementation is it such a big deal or wrong deal? Instead of criticising power of BCCI it would be better if you guys learnt from BCCI and improved PCB instead instead of expecting BCCI to help PCB as if it was some Indian state cricket board.Last I checked Pakistan was sovereign country and sovereign countries help themselves instead of expecting help from neighbours. People help only those whom they see trying to help themsleves first. Self help is best . Try that first.

  • Honif Chakroborty on July 20, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Wow I never knew it was BCCI's job to take care of PCB/Pak cricket because from your article it looks like you are blaming all problems beseiging Pakistan cricket to BCCI actions. I was under impression Pakistan was a richer place than India as per your history books and also remember reading how Pakistan mgmt schools were way ahead of India in management education. Based on that fact PCB should have been a well managed rich body to which BCCI should plead help. What happened man? Did things go wrong? When SLPL was announced may hates of IPL said that SLPL would be quality cricket unlike the IPL. Oh well what happened to that quality cricket and cricketers because my impression was abscence of Indian players would actually increase the standard of SLPL. Now someone tellms BCCI is to be blamed for fall od SLPL because they did not send their players.I dont think when IPL was started BCCI needed help of other boards ..then why does SL/PCB board need Indias help to start SLPL?

  • Jas on July 19, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    @ShaniJ - since when is it India's responsibility to make PCB financially viable? You guys need to stop begging and get on with it. India should not play anyone at neutral venues...

    When Australia and the WI were strong they did not want to tour India either ...check the records. SO if the WI gets a second eleven tour then tough luck. Also if you are so keen to see BAN or ZIM play then maybe you can get them to come to Pakistan!

  • Saurabh on July 19, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @ ShaniJ. Yes, lot of damage done by BCCI...so why are the boards begging to play with India? The obvious answer -- take advantage of India's growth...money matters dude!

  • Hitesh Joshi on July 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Firstly, Sangakara's speech did not mention anything about BCCI - only about political interference (I know you mention that but want to avoid other readers from misunderstanding).

    Secondly, this article is a bit biased against the Indian board. The BCCI's claim against Decision Review System is technically sound and makes sense - actually its stand has improved the quality after the latest agreement in the ICC meeting.

    There is a controlled complaint as expected regarding BCCI causing problems for the SLPL. But if you read in detail, BCCI does not damage cricket by not allowing Indian players to any other leagues - its strictly BCCI's decision on how to direct the players. SLPL may go ahead without Indian players just like the IPL did not have many English players and more recently Pakistani players. Its simple - the show goes on no matter what but the other boards must show guts to keep it on. SLPL raised concerns about broadcasting rights but main problem is its own stability.

  • optimismsrationality on July 11, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Folks do Not Like BCCI bacause: - BCCI provides the maximum funds for International Cricket. This fund is generated through the mad love Indians have for the game and the BCCI makes sure that these fans and their interests are not hurt. - BCCI opposed DRS. There were 9 full member countries then who supported it. The ICC constitution says if 8 Full Members and 38 Level two members support a motion, the motion can be passed. So why did not the ICC pass the DRS motion because BCCI was apparently the only one to oppose it. - BCCI wanted the rotation policy to stop - Well imagine Mr. Ijaz Butt running the show at ICC - is it good/ is it bad/ it does not matter? I guess BCCI is only doing what all boards are doing - Protecting their interests. Nothing wrong here. But when it affects the benefit of other nations (since BCCI refuses to foot the bill) people cry hoarse. Stop complaining. Pay your own bills.

  • ShaniJ on July 11, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @ all those who are asking what damage India has done to world cricket. 1.Not willing to play cricket with ZIM and BAN because it does not give them great profits .Thereby damaging cricket in those countries. 2.Not agreeing to play against Pakistan even at any neutral venue,for reasons only known to them.May be they dont want PCB to become financially stronger. 3.Refusing to recognise Srilanka premiere league and giving stupid reasons for it.May be a case of sour grapes .They dont want any other league to become as popular as their IPL. 4.Inexplicably opposing DRS all together,when they should have only opposed Hawk eye. These are only few of the many instances(I dont have time to write all of them) where India has done damage to World cricket.

  • sri on July 11, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    The rise of BCCI as a powerhouse in world cricket closely mirrors the rise of China in the world economy. China plays world affairs with it's own interests in mind, never in the interest of all. It just follows the august policies of it's predecessors, the USA and before that the UK. To envy BCCI's financial clout is one thing - but holding it to a higher standard or ideal as compared to MCC or British boards over the past decades is stupidity. BCCI will look out for it's own interests, period. It does not care about the people of India (unless it's pockets are affected, of course) nor does it care about ICC or outside pressures. Put forward a strong case of how BCCI stands to make more money by serving the growth of world cricket, and maybe, just maybe, BCCI will take notice.

  • Mohsin Khan on July 11, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    It is quite disappointing to see how the Indian fans react to any kind of criticism against their board.The financial growth of India in general and BCCI in particular seems to have gotten to their heads as their arrogance is evident in most of their messages.Criticism of BCCI is not a personal attack on Indian cricket.Cricket is not the possession of a single country or board and is loved and followed passionately by all the fans, regardless of their nationality.BCCI is very influential right now and is leading world cricket through a new era placing greater responsibility on its shoulders.Indian fans should be open to criticism rather than bashing every critic.This kind of an attitude might end up damaging the game and Indian cricket itself.

  • Desihungama on July 10, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Sai - Nothing lasts forever. Simple laws of life. Enjoy while you can. As for the damage done by BCCI, exclusion of Pakistan players from IPL was initially a case of sour grapes but no longer. It's India's private business venture so be it. But what about the exclusion from Champions League?, not recognizing SL Leagure?, not considering UDRS when every other member country has agreed to it? Do people in India have a different vision from rest of the World?

  • praxis on July 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    DaGameChanger, I guess you are one of those followers who actually never read or dug up enough information about hawk-eye and how it works. Its not about the pitch or how many thousand different cracks it may contains. When the ball makes the contact its trajectory is predicted. This system's trouble is with picking up lateral movements, more exactly the late swing, accuracy when the ball is pitched up full, not enough frame rates of those cameras... Here's some lines form the a document I collected from the website-"The Hawk-Eye system does not use and generic characteristics of the pitch to predict the amount of bounce or sideways movement. Just as a good umpire should, each ball is measured individually. For LBW it is only the track from pitching to impact which is of relevance. By measuring the actual path of the ball up to the point it has hit the batsman, the position, velocity and accelerations on that particular ball can be determined." Sorry for posting an unrelated comment.

  • Sai on July 10, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    I would like to know what exactly is the damage done by BCCI to world cricket! The makers of hawk-eye themselves accepted that it is error prone(as seen from the 2.5m rule) and hence BCCI objected and everyone else accepted. Whats there to rant about it? As for T20 leaguess, dude, don't you think there's too much of T20 cricket already? IPL, Big Bash and the like? Too much T20= Batsmen without proper temperment and improper technique especially for test match cricket. I gues this Pak spin thing is just another by another disgruntled Pakistani fan who cannot stand the sight of their arch-rival neighbors growing in power.

  • mageshwarp on July 9, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Even if other Cricket Boards or ICC do not want to work with BCCI, Cricket will contiue to be the famous and revenue generating sport in India for the next coule of decades. With the background of Country's economic growth and IPL's influence on youth, cricket is evolving more as baseball in US and going forward spectators will support their own IPL teams and will not worry too much of INDIA team not playing so called PAK team or WI team...

  • DaGameChanger on July 9, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    All I wanna say is Neighbors envy..Owners Pride! People who dont know why BCCI was opposing ball-tracking is not worth of being cricket fan. Every square-inch of pitch is different, there are soft patches and cracks and than there is sometimes rain, moisture, grass and other factors as amount of cricket played in last few days or even a season and how old ball is, just too may factors. There is no way technology can gauge all those parameters and BCCI's call that its better to leave it on Umpires to judge.

  • Ali Dada on July 9, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Kamran, There is no truth in PCB getting expelled from ICC. What will ICC do without Pakistan? It is not like FIFA or NBA or NHL where there are hundreds of teams. Pakistan easily contributes 20-30% of cricket's annual revenue (cricketing equipment, PCB revenues, cricketing academies, etc).

    We Pakistanis have a habit of thinking the World is against us. Re-read the entire list of recommendations and sip cold water while you read them. They are very logical. It is sports, and if Pakistan wants to play the game, they have to follow the rules. It has nothing to do with pride. Our team's performances should dictate our pride, nothing else. This is simply regarding administration of the game in Pakistan.

    Lets stop complaining and hope that PCB implements these rules/regulations ASAP and move on. The sooner we get our act together, the sooner the spotlight will shift away from us.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 9, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Oh hey look, it's BCCI apologists come to the party. Haven't seen you guys since.... well the last article that mentioned the BCCI.

    Also for those saying the BCCI is all OK, simply because it does not have the day to day problems ruining SLC and PCB, you seem the misunderstand (as is the norm) that BCCI's lack of leadership is a different ball game to SLC's or the PCB's. It affects world cricket, not just itself. So when the BCCI which effectively controls the ICC makes bad decisions it has universal repercussions. That is why people are more and more complaining about the BCCI. It is mostly, not personal. If you want to lead the game then you have to act like world leaders and make the decisions which are beneficial to world cricket, and not detrimental.

  • Ashish on July 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Its because of BCCI and India you have this space to write your blogs. How much did Australia and England help ICC to promote cricket back when they were dominent powers and they were not even bringing money to the table.This game is so devloped today because ICC has the money to spend which is provided by BCCI (INDIA) and BCCI is far better today in governence as compared to last century as far I seee it.I would suggest instead of putting blame on others put your house in order.

  • Anand on July 9, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    How much more sour can you get with India and the BCCI sir? I agree the frustrations at the state of the PCB and Pakistani cricket at large can be too much at times to take, even for the biggest of bravehearts. But even those weaker moments should not make one write pointlessly lopsided accounts against a cricket board. If there was something the BCCI had done to damage world cricket at large, it would have been understandable. But the present Windies tour as well as the DRS which was to be evaluated only in the context of India's series cannot warrant such an exaggerated reaction. Then again, the title of your blog says it all I guess. Sigh.

  • Sundar on July 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Can't agree with you more Vinod Nair. All those who criticize BCCi need to get off theor high horses first. Look at the statement in the article 'That responsibility includes the long-term global development of cricket and the welfare of its member cricket boards, a remit that extends far beyond short-term profiteering and promotion of cricket as a national vanity project'. Seriously?? BCCI stands for Board of Control for Cricket in INDIA not INTERNATIONAL. Global development of cricket if ICC's responsibility. BCCI is absolutely right in looking after India cricket's interests. That is what they are supposed to do. They are doing a good job. Everybody's problem kis not that BCCI has money and power, butu that they themselves don't have it. Sour grapes perhaps?? Michael Holding should be more interested in getting WI back on track, but heis not interested. He says ball tracking is flawed and should not be used, but BCCI saying the same thing amounts to blackmailing the ICC? Ridiculous.

  • MM on July 9, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Too many snipes at BCCI. Please tell me any instance of BCCI hurting world cricket. Is it BCCI's fault that administrators in other countries are not able to market cricket to their countrymen as well as BCCI does to its countrymen. England having a GDP higher than India cant generate enough money because of the shady deals ECB indulges in. No other country loves its cricketers like India does. Ricky Ponting can take a walk in a crowd in downtown Sydney with nobody bothering him. Sachin wont even try to find out. Why should BCCI take care of the health of cricket in other countries? This is almost like the communism or socialism of 70s when it was expected that rick should share all they have with the poor.

  • Srini on July 9, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Power, money and discipline combination is hard to find anywhere while the first two can be seen everywhere. Add political interference to that, and then it becomes chaos. We need independent watchdog groups with only cricketing experts to keep things getting out hand and keep the interests of the game at the forefront of ICC and other Boards.

  • srinivasan on July 9, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    BCCI is rich because of the cricket fan following in India as simple business logic as that, and it has always been an organization that has organized events well. I'm not a big fan of BCCI but I feel that its being badmouthed way too much these days making the criticism prejudiced. In what way has India or BCCI ruined international cricket ? please explain. All it has done recently is rejected DRS as the technology is not fool proof. And for God sakes, cricket administration in India is not that bad to be compared to PCB and SLC. We have seldom had public embarassing tiffs between selectors, players or within two players.Plus we do not have prime ministers and presidents paying frivolous attention to cricket administration.

  • Aditya Mookerjee on July 9, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    The exercise of political power, is essential to govern the game. However, how should this power be exercised? I believe in stratifying the decision making process among different bodies, in World Cricket. If every body involved in cricket is heard, and considered, then all will be well in World Cricket. The player must empathize with the administrator, the administrator must empathize with the Umpire, and everyone must empathize with each other. What is in the purview of the administrator, must be left to his consideration. How can the player help the administrator, if the administrator is profit oriented in his approach towards cricket? By giving only the inputs which are important to the player, and leave it to the judgment of the administrator. But, all who play the game, must give their inputs to those whom they are supposed to give them to. Politicians are those who take responsibility for administration. Without them, there would be no accountability.

  • muneeb on July 8, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Rather than being critical of ptt recommadations someone in the hirearchy should look to implement it but i dont think its gonna happen most of pakistanis had criticized dr naseem ashraf but ijazz but has been a total disaster totally mind boggling its in pakistan's interest that we should have a decent man running pcb at least..... if u ask me make pcb a private company ........ aybe import a chairman as if u wud in a company

  • Nadeem Khan on July 8, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    I read the funniest possible JOKE by Mr. Ijaz Butt today. I will not tolerate any political pressures on the issues related to AFRIDI. What a joker!!!! I am sure he is paid by some enemy of Pakistan to destroy PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • Aditya on July 8, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Fair enough...time to admit that cricket is administered by a bunch of jokers in all these countries taking the cricket loving public for a ride...but if the last 50 years of our countries' history is any indication... do not expect any improvemnet..

  • vinod nair on July 8, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Would someone enlighten me as to what the BCCI has done to damage the working of the ICC, harm world cricket and in general hurt the progress of the game.Just because it has Indian cricket has become financial powerhouse how does it damage the ICC.What are the so-called pundits of administration like Michael Holding talking about ,that too when he can't change a thing with West Indies administration.Whats the single most biggest gripe??That the BCCI is richer than everyone else....is that a crime??They do not want the DRS which everyone agrees is not the best..is that a crime??Maybe we should ask Ian Chapell the way forward for the ICC..Chapellway presentation time:)

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  • vinod nair on July 8, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Would someone enlighten me as to what the BCCI has done to damage the working of the ICC, harm world cricket and in general hurt the progress of the game.Just because it has Indian cricket has become financial powerhouse how does it damage the ICC.What are the so-called pundits of administration like Michael Holding talking about ,that too when he can't change a thing with West Indies administration.Whats the single most biggest gripe??That the BCCI is richer than everyone else....is that a crime??They do not want the DRS which everyone agrees is not the best..is that a crime??Maybe we should ask Ian Chapell the way forward for the ICC..Chapellway presentation time:)

  • Aditya on July 8, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Fair enough...time to admit that cricket is administered by a bunch of jokers in all these countries taking the cricket loving public for a ride...but if the last 50 years of our countries' history is any indication... do not expect any improvemnet..

  • Nadeem Khan on July 8, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    I read the funniest possible JOKE by Mr. Ijaz Butt today. I will not tolerate any political pressures on the issues related to AFRIDI. What a joker!!!! I am sure he is paid by some enemy of Pakistan to destroy PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • muneeb on July 8, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Rather than being critical of ptt recommadations someone in the hirearchy should look to implement it but i dont think its gonna happen most of pakistanis had criticized dr naseem ashraf but ijazz but has been a total disaster totally mind boggling its in pakistan's interest that we should have a decent man running pcb at least..... if u ask me make pcb a private company ........ aybe import a chairman as if u wud in a company

  • Aditya Mookerjee on July 9, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    The exercise of political power, is essential to govern the game. However, how should this power be exercised? I believe in stratifying the decision making process among different bodies, in World Cricket. If every body involved in cricket is heard, and considered, then all will be well in World Cricket. The player must empathize with the administrator, the administrator must empathize with the Umpire, and everyone must empathize with each other. What is in the purview of the administrator, must be left to his consideration. How can the player help the administrator, if the administrator is profit oriented in his approach towards cricket? By giving only the inputs which are important to the player, and leave it to the judgment of the administrator. But, all who play the game, must give their inputs to those whom they are supposed to give them to. Politicians are those who take responsibility for administration. Without them, there would be no accountability.

  • srinivasan on July 9, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    BCCI is rich because of the cricket fan following in India as simple business logic as that, and it has always been an organization that has organized events well. I'm not a big fan of BCCI but I feel that its being badmouthed way too much these days making the criticism prejudiced. In what way has India or BCCI ruined international cricket ? please explain. All it has done recently is rejected DRS as the technology is not fool proof. And for God sakes, cricket administration in India is not that bad to be compared to PCB and SLC. We have seldom had public embarassing tiffs between selectors, players or within two players.Plus we do not have prime ministers and presidents paying frivolous attention to cricket administration.

  • Srini on July 9, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Power, money and discipline combination is hard to find anywhere while the first two can be seen everywhere. Add political interference to that, and then it becomes chaos. We need independent watchdog groups with only cricketing experts to keep things getting out hand and keep the interests of the game at the forefront of ICC and other Boards.

  • MM on July 9, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Too many snipes at BCCI. Please tell me any instance of BCCI hurting world cricket. Is it BCCI's fault that administrators in other countries are not able to market cricket to their countrymen as well as BCCI does to its countrymen. England having a GDP higher than India cant generate enough money because of the shady deals ECB indulges in. No other country loves its cricketers like India does. Ricky Ponting can take a walk in a crowd in downtown Sydney with nobody bothering him. Sachin wont even try to find out. Why should BCCI take care of the health of cricket in other countries? This is almost like the communism or socialism of 70s when it was expected that rick should share all they have with the poor.

  • Sundar on July 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Can't agree with you more Vinod Nair. All those who criticize BCCi need to get off theor high horses first. Look at the statement in the article 'That responsibility includes the long-term global development of cricket and the welfare of its member cricket boards, a remit that extends far beyond short-term profiteering and promotion of cricket as a national vanity project'. Seriously?? BCCI stands for Board of Control for Cricket in INDIA not INTERNATIONAL. Global development of cricket if ICC's responsibility. BCCI is absolutely right in looking after India cricket's interests. That is what they are supposed to do. They are doing a good job. Everybody's problem kis not that BCCI has money and power, butu that they themselves don't have it. Sour grapes perhaps?? Michael Holding should be more interested in getting WI back on track, but heis not interested. He says ball tracking is flawed and should not be used, but BCCI saying the same thing amounts to blackmailing the ICC? Ridiculous.

  • Anand on July 9, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    How much more sour can you get with India and the BCCI sir? I agree the frustrations at the state of the PCB and Pakistani cricket at large can be too much at times to take, even for the biggest of bravehearts. But even those weaker moments should not make one write pointlessly lopsided accounts against a cricket board. If there was something the BCCI had done to damage world cricket at large, it would have been understandable. But the present Windies tour as well as the DRS which was to be evaluated only in the context of India's series cannot warrant such an exaggerated reaction. Then again, the title of your blog says it all I guess. Sigh.