Tendulkar worship gets silly
The offence taken at a comment about Sachin Tendulkar in Shoaib Akhtar's new book has been more than a bit excessive, writes David Hopps in the Guardian. Also, why this attitude of practiced indifference from the ECB about the Champions League T20 isn't the way to go.
The ECB is perhaps suspicious that a successful Champions League could be the first stage in the clubs becoming more powerful and causing the gradual erosion of international cricket. It looks at the dominance of football's Premier League, and the damage that this can do to England's national side, and fears that such a shift could do untold damage to the priorities and the finances of English cricket. It would be a distressing outcome, but there is no evidence that the danger is a real one.
Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo