September 20, 2013

India cricket

Young Indian cricketers need counsellors

The BCCI's decision to exonerate Harmeet Singh of any wrongdoing in the IPL spot-fixing scandal may have come as a relief to the player, but what of his morale? Makarand Waingankar in the Hindu writes that the BCCI could have handled the situation better by showing empathy towards young cricketers like him, who face tremendous pressure to secure lucrative deals. Hiring counsellors and psychologists is important to prevent players from going astray.

The 20-year-old who was responsible for India winning the under-19 World Cup sat at home shedding tears while less talented players were enjoying the Kanga league in Mumbai. His self-esteem was crushed. Is a thought being spared for the morale of such performing youngsters? May we know the stand taken by Anil Kumble when the decision to suspend Harmeet was taken by the BCCI? And if he wasn't in agreement with the committee, did he record his dissent? Harmeet is the same boy who was compared to Bishan Singh Bedi by none other than Ian Chappell.

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