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Ugra: Cricket gives in to BCCI's blackmail

ESPNcricinfo senior editor Gaurav Kalra speaks to Sharda Ugra and Osman Samiuddin after the BCCI backed the ICC revamp proposed by the Big Three cricket boards

January 23, 2014

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

This is the darkest story ever for cricket. Such a shame attempted!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Cricket will lose a huge spectators if this proposal gets passed :/

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

BCCI will ensure the demise of cricket as we know it. They have forgotten the initial reason for international tournaments. This was to globalize cricket and the profits were to be used to further develop the game. But instead it has brought out the worst and attracted the worst to top positions and boards. Sri Lanka is a good example. After winning the World Cup and seeing the golden eggs the corrupt were attracted to the board. Sri Lankan cricket board is silent like so many other boards because they will try to secure side deals with the Mafia boss, BCCI. Only CSA had the (cricket) balls to protest! I am a Sri Lankan cricket fan but a deeply dissapointed one. Hope the others have the strength and pride to say 'No'!

Posted by Shajadul on (January 24, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Shame on Big 3. We expect more globalization of cricket. Plan accordingly so that we can more strong cricket playing nations. Instead, they are planning how to make more profit. India and other's doesn't play with their "A" team to make money; they play other teams to make money. We need to more strong teams in the pipeline to have competitive crickets. This will destroy teams like BD, ZIM, IRL, AFG to progress. Big 3 has more responsibilities than sharing the profit.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

Good deal. I'm surprised to see none of the respected cricketers from India are saying saying anything... Where are they?

Posted by S.Alis on (January 24, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Politics or Sports. We need to define a clear line between them if we want to save the cricket.

Posted by S.Alis on (January 24, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

I can see this happening and soon many of the cricket fans will say bye bye to cricket including myself.

Posted by Omar-Briganto on (January 24, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Huge respect for Ms. Sharda Ugra a wonderful and quality sports journalist and especially unbiased, lots of respect and love from a Pakistani Fan. It is because of Journalists like you the integrity of sports journalism is maintained.

Posted by Analytical_Sathya on (January 24, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Please Please remove this Srinivasan from BCCI

Posted by orangtan on (January 24, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Indian cricket fans are doubly embarrassed. First, their team, ranked # 1 or 2 whatever, is being roundly beaten by the #8 team; simultaneously, the BCCI is shamelessly flexing its financial clout. It's like a team of schoolboys performing very badly but their parents bullying the other teams by insisting that its their boys who bring the money in. It is high time that all cricket fans in India stop supporting this dismal state of affairs and move on to other sports.

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