New Zealand news October 27, 2010

'I was a victim of politics' - Shane Bond

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Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, has said he became a "victim of politics" when he was discarded by his cricket board after he signed a contract with the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL). Bond has said he had no regrets over his decision to play in the ICL but has admitted to being let down by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), which, he claims, had contractually allowed for participating in the league but backed out when the ICC intervened.

"What I'll never understand is why it had to be one or the other, ICL or playing for New Zealand, especially when I received a cast-iron assurance that I could do both, and my contract with New Zealand Cricket certainly allowed for it," Bond said in his book Looking Back. "In the end I became a victim of politics.

"As distasteful as that might be, I could learn to live with that, but what I can't live with is the suggestion that in the end I didn't want to play for my country."

Bond signed with the ICL in January 2008 and was not considered for the national team for nearly two years due to his involvement with the unauthorised league. He made his international comeback in June 2009 when NZC allowed players to return to the national fold on the condition that they terminate their ICL contract.

Bond, who played for Delhi Giants, was earlier in the year, snapped up by IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, who bid US$750,000 for him at the auction. He still stands by his decision to play in the ICL though. "One thing I'll never regret is signing to play in the Indian Cricket League. Not at all. I've achieved security for my family and in the long term that is more important than a few Test and one-day caps.

"Although I had been on a good contract by New Zealand standards, I hadn't got rich out of the game. I'd done all right, obviously, but I simply hadn't played long enough to accumulate the sort of income that would provide long-term security for my family once my career ended."

Bond recalled the discussion he had with NZC chief Justin Vaughan when he was told his contract with the board would be terminated due to his links with the ICL. "'Excuse me?' was about the only response I could come up with," Bond said. "So let's get this straight, it was okay for NZC to be in breach of this regulation as long as the wrong people didn't find out? Or had they just not done their homework properly? I admit I lost it a bit here and, for the first and only time, I swore at Justin."

Bond said he opted against the legal route out of consideration for himself, his board and his team-mates even though it could have worked in his favour. "There was talk that India would not honour their commitment to tour here in 2009, and that other New Zealand guys who had signed with the IPL would have their contracts torn up," he said. "I would have suffered, NZC would have suffered, and my mates would have suffered. In the end it was better just to suck it up and move on."

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  • delbnz on October 31, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    @Amit Patel & Others - he didn't make a decision to take the money over his country - read the article!

    Bond had a contract with NZ Cricket that said he could do both; then NZ Cricket said, "Oops, our bad - you can't play for the Black Caps anymore because the BCCI (errr, ICC?) said so - Sorry mate. Good luck"

    The real issue here is the management of the BCCI being small minded, petty and unrealistic thinking they own international cricket. Rebel league? In other industries that's called comeptiton and there are laws protecting it. in cricket there's the BCCI money machine and god save those who walk in front of it. Pull your heads in and listen to the man.

    If Bond had blown the whistle & contested his contract, the Indians had already threatened to boycot the tour and would have boycotted. When the Indians did play in NZ, they effectively banned Lou Vincent & Hamish Marshall from playing because of their ICl links.

    One Cricket Board making all the waves - not one player

  • on October 28, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    This is all BCCI! Hate to say that but its true, how could you do this to a legend like him :(

  • on October 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    BCCI is the one who is in-charge not ICC, ICC just worked on the instructions of BCCI to nail down the players involved with ICL,

  • on October 28, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    For all therespect I have for Bond as a bowler, his comments here make me wonder about his maturity. No harm in making decision to otain financial seurity for your family (many of us do that), but dont go about expectating fans to praise you for being patriotic. Of course, most of us would think hard if we have to make a hard choice between making quick buccks and playing for your country. And he made one, didn't he? If he was all about patriotism, he could have skillped ICL and decided to continue to pay for NZ. Also, seems like he is pretty clueless about the politics that get played. BCCI rules cricket, just MCC did for many years. It's all about Money and NZC had to side with BCCI and takes stand against ICC for its survival. Of course it is political. But to not understand the politics and acts like a vistim is not very wise.

  • on October 28, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Shane has shown a lot of class over this issue.

  • ROLAYH on October 28, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    @ (especially our over-reacting brothers across the border) have got yet another opportunity to throw their rants at it! As for Suresh Raina, they should understand that there was no proof in the allegations. You cannot arrest George Bush just because OSAMA claims he is his friend!....

    Dude no one is saying Raina is guilty... the point is why ICC is not investigating into this issue? why Cricinfo didn't even bother to publish a story? BTW proof or lack of it is determined after investigations and it was the power of BCCI which forced ICC not to even investigate it. The normal way for any other board except for BCCI would be to have the investigations started and get Raina cleared (like Sydney test and Pak vs Eng ODI is cleared). Can you please explain why exactly Raina case doesn't even need the investigations?

  • on October 28, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @ ian_ghose As a matter of fact,the kind of example u gave has already happened in Indian cricket a few years back when Saurav Ganguly was endorsing Puma and BCCI had Nike sponsor. If memory serves, the dispute was peacefully settled.

    Also my comment were for people like u who r targeting BCCI only and not NZC.As Mr. Bond said, His career was hampered primarily due to NZC.

    And YES, I am an Indian but it doesn't mean that I will support BCCI for anything. In fact, I hated them when they conspired with Chappel against Ganguly and threw him off the team despite scoring heavily and I still hate them for that from the very core of my heart. Adios and cheers---SN

  • Skylight28 on October 28, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    People, GET USED TO IT! What good is power if you do not use it? BCCI has power now, and they are using it. Absolutely nothing wrong with that! They are no different from what the US does on a world political stage (Google the number of Security Council vetos by the US on matters concerning Israel when almost all of the world voted against Israel) or what colonists did in their heyday, or even what England and Australia did to Cricket just a few years ago (remember the series in Pak where English players bullied the umpire and reminder the Pakistani umpire 'we made the rules!'). So, whats so wrong with BCCI flexing its muscle now? Just stop complaining and accept that the power has now shifted to a different country (and perhaps rightfully so. Where else, other than the subcontinent, do you have such passionate fans?) and it will be that country calling the shots, at least till the time that power shifts again. So, time for the others to suck it up, just like Indians did till recently!

  • on October 28, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... That's what I could get out of many comments here, although I totally agree with many who made similar comments. The thing is, all we could do is SHOUT as loud as possible, relax, eventually forget, look for another blog to vent our frustration, and so the story goes on, just like a never ending Bollywood move with same script, same story, same ending.

    The sad part of the story is no one in the BCCI gives a damn. At the end of the day we see many legends-in-making like Mr. Bond end their career much shorter than expected. I hope the Gods listen to us and bless us with a welcome change in BCCI and the atrocity with the cricket, players and fans ends as soon as possible.

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on October 28, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    @ Subhojit .. Somewhat agree with you. If BCCI is responsible for everything then all other Cricket boards should join hands and start protesting. And if situation demands, then even boycott playing Team India. But I bet, no board would take this step. And the reason has already been given by Shane Bond :- "One thing I'll never regret is signing to play in the Indian Cricket League. Not at all. I've achieved security for my family and in the long term that is more important than a few Test and one-day caps." Do I need to speak more ?

  • delbnz on October 31, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    @Amit Patel & Others - he didn't make a decision to take the money over his country - read the article!

    Bond had a contract with NZ Cricket that said he could do both; then NZ Cricket said, "Oops, our bad - you can't play for the Black Caps anymore because the BCCI (errr, ICC?) said so - Sorry mate. Good luck"

    The real issue here is the management of the BCCI being small minded, petty and unrealistic thinking they own international cricket. Rebel league? In other industries that's called comeptiton and there are laws protecting it. in cricket there's the BCCI money machine and god save those who walk in front of it. Pull your heads in and listen to the man.

    If Bond had blown the whistle & contested his contract, the Indians had already threatened to boycot the tour and would have boycotted. When the Indians did play in NZ, they effectively banned Lou Vincent & Hamish Marshall from playing because of their ICl links.

    One Cricket Board making all the waves - not one player

  • on October 28, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    This is all BCCI! Hate to say that but its true, how could you do this to a legend like him :(

  • on October 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    BCCI is the one who is in-charge not ICC, ICC just worked on the instructions of BCCI to nail down the players involved with ICL,

  • on October 28, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    For all therespect I have for Bond as a bowler, his comments here make me wonder about his maturity. No harm in making decision to otain financial seurity for your family (many of us do that), but dont go about expectating fans to praise you for being patriotic. Of course, most of us would think hard if we have to make a hard choice between making quick buccks and playing for your country. And he made one, didn't he? If he was all about patriotism, he could have skillped ICL and decided to continue to pay for NZ. Also, seems like he is pretty clueless about the politics that get played. BCCI rules cricket, just MCC did for many years. It's all about Money and NZC had to side with BCCI and takes stand against ICC for its survival. Of course it is political. But to not understand the politics and acts like a vistim is not very wise.

  • on October 28, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Shane has shown a lot of class over this issue.

  • ROLAYH on October 28, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    @ (especially our over-reacting brothers across the border) have got yet another opportunity to throw their rants at it! As for Suresh Raina, they should understand that there was no proof in the allegations. You cannot arrest George Bush just because OSAMA claims he is his friend!....

    Dude no one is saying Raina is guilty... the point is why ICC is not investigating into this issue? why Cricinfo didn't even bother to publish a story? BTW proof or lack of it is determined after investigations and it was the power of BCCI which forced ICC not to even investigate it. The normal way for any other board except for BCCI would be to have the investigations started and get Raina cleared (like Sydney test and Pak vs Eng ODI is cleared). Can you please explain why exactly Raina case doesn't even need the investigations?

  • on October 28, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @ ian_ghose As a matter of fact,the kind of example u gave has already happened in Indian cricket a few years back when Saurav Ganguly was endorsing Puma and BCCI had Nike sponsor. If memory serves, the dispute was peacefully settled.

    Also my comment were for people like u who r targeting BCCI only and not NZC.As Mr. Bond said, His career was hampered primarily due to NZC.

    And YES, I am an Indian but it doesn't mean that I will support BCCI for anything. In fact, I hated them when they conspired with Chappel against Ganguly and threw him off the team despite scoring heavily and I still hate them for that from the very core of my heart. Adios and cheers---SN

  • Skylight28 on October 28, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    People, GET USED TO IT! What good is power if you do not use it? BCCI has power now, and they are using it. Absolutely nothing wrong with that! They are no different from what the US does on a world political stage (Google the number of Security Council vetos by the US on matters concerning Israel when almost all of the world voted against Israel) or what colonists did in their heyday, or even what England and Australia did to Cricket just a few years ago (remember the series in Pak where English players bullied the umpire and reminder the Pakistani umpire 'we made the rules!'). So, whats so wrong with BCCI flexing its muscle now? Just stop complaining and accept that the power has now shifted to a different country (and perhaps rightfully so. Where else, other than the subcontinent, do you have such passionate fans?) and it will be that country calling the shots, at least till the time that power shifts again. So, time for the others to suck it up, just like Indians did till recently!

  • on October 28, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... BCCI is the CULPRIT... That's what I could get out of many comments here, although I totally agree with many who made similar comments. The thing is, all we could do is SHOUT as loud as possible, relax, eventually forget, look for another blog to vent our frustration, and so the story goes on, just like a never ending Bollywood move with same script, same story, same ending.

    The sad part of the story is no one in the BCCI gives a damn. At the end of the day we see many legends-in-making like Mr. Bond end their career much shorter than expected. I hope the Gods listen to us and bless us with a welcome change in BCCI and the atrocity with the cricket, players and fans ends as soon as possible.

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on October 28, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    @ Subhojit .. Somewhat agree with you. If BCCI is responsible for everything then all other Cricket boards should join hands and start protesting. And if situation demands, then even boycott playing Team India. But I bet, no board would take this step. And the reason has already been given by Shane Bond :- "One thing I'll never regret is signing to play in the Indian Cricket League. Not at all. I've achieved security for my family and in the long term that is more important than a few Test and one-day caps." Do I need to speak more ?

  • cricket_for_all on October 28, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    @ian_ghose : I totally agree that Shane Bond is one of the greatest bowler in the world. He was put down his own board due to pressure from ICC (BCCI). It is not India mentality It is from some culprits in the BCCI who want money. It is stupid to say the third world mentality ( They (BCCI) have this mentality after they have westernized). I am always against the monopoly of any country(ies) which will kill the cricket (We will loose like Bond, Yusuf, Razzak, etc..). But the countries so called developed or western or 1st world or whatever (ENG and AUS) were dominated the cricket for decades. Did you remember how you treated the sub-continental teams during ENG & AUS era (Ask Gawasker, Imran or Ranathunka). They didn't even vote to get test status to Sri Lanka. You have no moral rights to criticize with "third word country" term. Indian fans should agree that BCCI is bug for the world cricket (not India or players) so Indians should help on this to keep world cricket run .

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on October 28, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Younis Khan too was a victim of politics of PCB, probably the most corrupt board.

  • the_blue_android on October 28, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Year 2042 AD, on a bright sunday morning in Christchurch NZ, an old man with a cup of coffee picks up the news paper and finds the list of highest test wicket takers in test cricket. He looks at the long list of bowlers and smiles.....Shane Bond the thoroughbred. Shane, you may not be in that list but you know what you are worth and your fans definitely know what you could have achieved. In the end, you were like the best crush a guy could have on a girl. We all have that one crush which we think could have made our life so much better, but we don't. We as fans can only wonder, only if, only if Shane Bond didn't have so many injuries, only if he didn't have to pay for others misdeeds, only if he played for a few more years....

    All the best with everything you do Shane. Have a great life and enjoy time with your lovely family.

    A cricket fan...

  • on October 28, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    It is a shame that a gr8 bowler like Bond has to undergo this. BCCI should take the first responsibility for this followed by NZ Cricket. I really enjoyed watching him bowl - gr8 bowler, hats off!

  • Meety on October 28, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    The thing that annoys the crap out of me is that the ICL was a better product. The IPL was too much about entertainment, not much about sport. The BCCI should of let rationalisation take its course & stayed out of it. If the IPL was better than the ICL - profitability would of dictated which competition prevailed. Meanwhile the ICC did nothing - as usual. I think that the ICC should be disbanded & a new structure set up in its place - with a much more clearer charter. Voting rights should go to Associates with ODI status + Test nations.

  • Rukus_NZ on October 28, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Asher AC is correct --- FORGET about the ICL and BCCI --- we are talking about the NZC - that is what shane was ultimatly saddened by - and this is the board that made the mistake, and went back on its word... Just to 'fall in line' with other nations... justin V needs to pull his head out of his.... hole int he groud like an emu when it comes to situations like this

  • Jim1207 on October 27, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    BCCI - Board of Control for Cricket Internationally.

  • Jim1207 on October 27, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    I don't know why NZ is not selecting player like James Franklin who has got tremendous talent, county experience and a fair perfromance, while they repeatedly play with mediocre team and gets insulted by every other team. It was such a case in not selecting Shane Bond fearing BCCI. I am not sure what BCCI achieved by bullying so - just a bad name all over the world. Later they called ICL players themselves and every other board looked foolish following the suit, it casts such a loathful fame on BCCI. Especially when a player of Bond's calibre could not play international Cricket because of that. Having said that, with NZ's selection policy as in the case of Franklin, there is no way NZ is going to see sunny days soon.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on October 27, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Sad to see that in the 21st century we have these MAFIA TACTICS invading cricket. Its even sadder that there is no immediate solution to end these sort of things happening. The only solution would be to expand cricket past just a handful of countries and we all know thats not going to happen anytime soon.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on October 27, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Sad to see that in the 21st century we have these MAFIA TACTICS invading cricket. Its even sadder that there is no immediate solution to end these sort of things happening. The only solution would be to expand cricket past just a handful of countries and we all know thats not going to happen anytime soon.

  • on October 27, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    We struggle year after year to put 11 decent players on the pitch and we treat our best bowler since Hadlee like this..... Just another example of how much of a mess the game is in this country. The NZ cricket administrators should be sacked and appoint a new group to start again.

  • __PK on October 27, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Ultimately, Bond wanted to do something completely in line with his contract and NZC punished him for it. Shame he didn't sue them and the BCCI, but I understand his reasons. Good luck to him.

  • ian_ghose on October 27, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    @ Subhojit Nandy,let me spin you a story.I assume you are Indian (correct me if i am wrong).' imagine that Sachin Tendulkar signs a million dollar contract with Adidas . The BCCI initially tells him that he can sign that contract and also play for team India (which is sponsored by Nike - Adidas's competitor). So, he happily goes ahead and signs the contract. However, when Nike gets to know of this,they are furious and threaten the BCCI that they would withdraw their multi-million dollar sponsorship, if they let Tendulkar sign the contract with Adidas.Too late, Tendulkar has already signed..and BCCI being arm-twisted by Nike..but also afraid of losing the money bans Tendulkar from playing for India.' Who would YOU be cursing then? Tendulkar? BCCI? or Nike? By the way Nike has much more money than the BCCI. Also, for the record, it's people like me who are cursing the BCCI, Bond is only blaming his board for bending backwards.

    Hope that sheds light on the perspective. Cheers - IG

  • srogers on October 27, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Shane Bond was a great bowler for us, I have no doubt that he could have become legend but unfortunately with only 18 tests we will never know how good he could have been.

  • on October 27, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair Nice to have you in the comments section.I have become a fan of yours through your blog at Cricinfo.I think ESPN should have you as a panelist or commentator for their coverage of the World Cup in the subcontinent..Having said that I don't think IPL or ICL would be of any help for Indian Cricket.Our bowlers haven't started bowling the yorkers and the batsmen are still suspect.ICL was a money making proposition for the Zee group and it failed big time.The TRPs were quite low and it couldn't bear the onslaught of IPL with a bigger infrastructure and logistics.So they folded out.The likes of Tendulkar would have never been assosciated with the ICL and thats where ICL lost it.How can ICL say they were serving Cricket when they had no first class competition to start with?ICL helped Modi to convince the BCCI honchos to form the IPL which I think has been very detrimental to the game.IPL success has made BCCI the bullish now everyone abhors.

  • on October 27, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    i ll Never understand why nations like Australia nad New Zealand treated their key players because of BCCI.

    and NZ is by far the worst nation that was strucked by ICL controvercy.

  • on October 27, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Why does everybody here are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill?? Yes, what happened to Bond was unfair but that wasn't only BCCI's fault. BCCI was planning IPL when ICL came out and naturally they did everything to ban it. ICC supported it as BCCI is the most powerful cricket organization in world now. Why NZC didn't do anything about it??They could have raised their voices.Instead they chose to remain silent and earned money forsaking players who played in ICL.Why didn't they join with other cricket boards and launch a protest campaign or something???It's the duty of a cricket board to back their players but NZC miserably failed. Mr. Bond should have considered the critical outcome of joining a rival unsupported league of BCCI's IPL.I have sympathy for u Mr. Bond but your cricket board was ur biggest enemy, not BCCI.

  • vickyrIND on October 27, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Though i am a DIE HARD indian fan, i do feel that the big bull of cricked (BCCI) need to be tamed.

  • on October 27, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Bond was one of the greatest cricketers NZC has ever produced...amazing talent and it was always a pleasure to watch him bowl even against my team (pakistan)..

    So sad, he became a victim of politics ..

  • AliOnline on October 27, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    The indian cricket board, with the money it has, is trying to take over world cricket. We can see many instances where players have been treated unfairly because of the indian cricket board. Remember the Symonds-Harbhajan case? indian board intervened do get the decision in their favour. I hope we can follow Cricket without one board having extraordinary power.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on October 27, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    For those of you defending the BCCI's action, did you ever stop to think that by curtailing the ICL they also hurt the competitive infrastructure within Indian cricket. The ICL was the perfect lower league foil to the IPL, in the same way you have divisions within other sports. The fact that no other cricket board took any issue with ICL until the BCCI muscled its way in, pushed along by its business interests with the IPL says it all. This was about money, and the BCCI wasn't getting the cut from the ICL they felt they deserved and decided to do their best to shut down ICL operations. Without the clampdown, blacklisting and arm twisting of the BCCI, the ICL would have survived quite nicely. It wasn't about garish multi-million dollar sums of money, if anything it was the saner and more sober version of the IPL. The way the players were treated as criminals was shambolic. World class players shunned by the cricketing world because the BCCI wanted more money.

  • on October 27, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @Farhat - what's with dissing "Indian politics" at the first chance? It was simply ICC at the behest of one individual corrupt organization - BCCI which basically arm-twisted the national boards to ditch their players. NZC should have had the backbone to stand its ground. However, I do understand for a relatively modest power in cricket board circle it succumbed to the financial threats ( they let Sir John Anderson down as well). Who was the biggest loser in the end? NZ cricket lost out on two years of prime from Shane Bond. National boards should have made a stand that about players of the ability of Mohd.Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Bond, Kemp etc. What I still don't get is that why couldn't ICL co-exist (if it had funds)? Don't private schools exist alongside govt. schools? Players like Gillespie, Habibul Bashar - do have a right to secure their future.

  • Sri999 on October 27, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    I am so glad Lalit Modi is now being hunted down. He was the main culprit behind the viscous crackdown of ICL. Kapil Dev is such a gentleman and Lalit Modi humiliated Kapil. Lalit Modi should be out in jail for 20 years. He should be made to clean the dressing rooms at cricket stadiums.

  • Z.Saleem on October 27, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Loved Bond all the way...espacially when he destroyed the Aussie batting line-up.....he was a true champ...express pace and a gentleman! I love to see him bowl whenever and wherever he was bowling....I have and will always have a sense of great respect for this man!

    LOVE = Bond....Shane Bond :-D

  • Salutethebond on October 27, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Politics dominate virtuallly each and every sport/event in the world. Being an Indian I hate to say that the BCCI have more often than not been a ....*you know what* ... of all the cricketing boards in the world including the ICC. The reason? .. well everyone knows. I've said this earlier and will say it again that the game of cricket has not been privileged enough to have had a full taste of the phenomenal talent of Shane Bond. It's shame on all those officials/boards/players or whoever has been responsible for the early termination of potentially one of the greatest bowlers in the world. I've personally enjoyed watching each and every moment of Bond's short career half of which was hampered by injuries and a significant part by politics. Salute the Bond for whatever he has given to the sport. A true champion in is own rights.

  • on October 27, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Common man I don't understand this fuss.The board had players signed its contract and hence it was mandatory for the players to make themselves available for the Indian team.The first season of ICL clashed with India's tour of Australia.So what the players would have done if they are contracted both to BCCI and ICL?Bond himself didn't play the England series in NZ in 2008 as he was with the Delhi Giants.He has a right to be miffed with NZC for not backing him .ICL was about making money.Even the Indian players said that they were missing the regular cricket season as ICL had only four T-20 and one ODI tournament in the whole year of its operation.So that was the reason everyone accepted the amnesty given by BCCI and Zee was also not inclined to run the loss making venture and it released all the players from its contract.It is just like the David and the Goliath story.BCCI understood the saleability of T20 and sucked up this version which they were initially reluctant to play as a WC.

  • on October 27, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Bond is one of my favorites its very disappointing to see New Zealand is loosing such an asset.Loosing Bond is like Loosing Cricket Asset .I hope money making greedy Boards will show some mind and help cricket survive.

  • on October 27, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    I am a great fan of Shane Bond and wanted him to play in World Cup but he retired a year earlier than anyone would have liked!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on October 27, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Hasso29, I fell sorry for ICL victims including Shane Bond but IPL is ICC authorized and ICL is not. ICC has a rule saying players who are participating in ICL is not allowed to play in their respective team internationally. This applied to everyone including Indians. Even Indian players suffered from this rule. Yes I agree this might be politics but only to suppress ICL and not to supress any specific player. Politics is in every corner of the world. You can blame BCCI for playing politics now but where did you find racism in this? Please you don't start politics here by using words called 'Racism'.

  • AsherCA on October 27, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Guys, cut out the crap about BCCI politics here -

    NZC had the option of standing up for what was right, maybe at the cost of losing some money they could have made from BCCI in the bargain. When they chose not to stand up, they effectively sold their right to be right.

    If anyone is to blame here for being unethical, it is gutless NZC - they advised an NZ cricketer that it was OK for him to do something & then, penalised the same cricketer for doing exactly that !

    Everyone in the world tries to buy what they desire - BCCI wanted to buy NZC & show off their power, NZC sold themselves for money, end of transaction.

    Why are you jokers blaming BCCI for the gutlessness & lack of ethics displayed by NZC ?

    Shane Bond too had the option of doing what was right by himself & NZ, chose not to do it so his friends & NZC could make some money - he is equally unethical - what is this b**t about done in by politics he now talks about ?

  • on October 27, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    bcci and ipl rocks there is no issue .icl was shut down due to lack of funds and ipl is generating chances for young crickters

  • ian_ghose on October 27, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    With every passing day, the feeling grows stronger that BCCI is the scum of the cricketing world...(along with PCB, but for altogether different reasons). It's such a shame that BCCI has obtained the power to tell cricketing nations which player they can select, and which they cannot!! Thats what happens when the power to govern a sport that aims to be global goes into the hand of an organization which still has a 'Third world' mentality. The BCCI might have the financial muscle...but is far from obtaining the sensitiveness and maturity that is expected of a leader. It's an utter shame that Shane had been lost to the cricketing world due to such pettiness. What a disgrace....

  • Mosaddek on October 27, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    WHILE "ICL" IS THREAT TO "IPL" AND "IPL" IS CONTROLLED BY "BCCI" THEN "ICL" HAS TO BE DUMPED AS "ICC" FOLLOWS "BCCI" SCREEN SHOT: BCCI>ICC>(OTHER CRICKET ASSOCIATIONS) footnote: ICL's idea was stolen by "IPL"

  • h4haseeb on October 27, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    @ Match_Referee : it could be a joke of century for you, but the fact is players like Shane Bond, Mohd.Yousaf, Justin Kemp and Abdul Razzaq missed out that period of their career because everybody knows even the idians themselves accept that its BCCI not ICC behind all this, now why BCCI has started IPL when they have not approved the idea of ICL... and just because ICL was not approved by BCCI, this issue has been raised in ICC, where other members have to step out of it by not allowing these players to play for their respective countries... and when i am saying politics, i am not talking about player politics, i am talking about the politics of banning these players, the politics Bond is discussing about

  • on October 27, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Bond had to choose between playing for his country and a rival un-authorized leagues and he chose the later. Now he claims BCCI's politics broke his career. Would any other cricketing body approved by the ICC allow rival leagues on its turf? Mr.Bond is making mountains out of mole hills which were a result of his error in judgment in the first place and as always the BCCI bashers(especially our over-reacting brothers across the border) have got yet another opportunity to throw their rants at it! As for Suresh Raina, they should understand that there was no proof in the allegations. You cannot arrest George Bush just because OSAMA claims he is his friend!

  • Akash.S on October 27, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I am fully agree with "ROLAYH". BCCI has full control over how and where and when Cricket should be played. ICC is nothing but a part of BCCI now. In fact during last tour of India to NZ (2009), I also written a letter to NZ that how can BCCI decide who will play for NZ or not? Bond is their key player and they should tell BCCI clearly that Bond will play in the series, if they don't want, they need not to come. Same with many other genuine players of NZ and other nations also.

    ICC, who was shouting like anything in Pakistan's player involvement over fixing issues and even suspended Aamir, Asif and Butt, has no courage at all to say a word for Raina. BCCI used its money power to dismiss the news and I am sure no further investigation will take place. Even any activity over any of the Indian players in future.

    I am sure Raina and may be many other new comer would have been involved in some fixing or something like that. It is not possible that there is nothing wrong in IPL (Fixing).

  • NewYorkCricket on October 27, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    He did what we would all do with opportunities in our daily lives. Cricketers are not freedom fighters, they have the right to make money legitimately based on their market value. Let each realize his market value and fixing will take care of itself.

  • milepost on October 27, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    virginsangram said "BCCI is currently the richest cricket board in the world and plays a major role in world cricket financially so its become obvious that the world cricket boards need to respect its stand".

    That is complete and utter rubbish. I think the trend is heading toward a complete mistrust and disrespect for the BCCI. They are in a shambles and cricket could do without their meddling. We should respect them because of their financial situation? Is that how one earns respect? I follow cricket because of the real life drama on the field, that makes it a great game. All this other nonsense is ruining the sport. Have you read the news lately???

    Tell me how cricket benefited by Shane Bond not playing cricket for NZ? It didn't, the BCCI was responsible (as was the cowardly Justin Vaughn) and was also stopping the guy from earning a living. Cricket is becoming increasingly fractionated while various boards chase the $$$. How close to prostituting the game are we prepared go?

  • maddy20 on October 27, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Well Mr.Bond should have known the implications of joining unauthorized leagues. The The BCCI had every right to feel threatened by ICL just like the rival league in Australia in the early 80's. And if some harsh measures were to be taken to intimidate ICL , so be it! As for his security 750000$ is 30x his annual NZC contract value. So you can say he was ultimately taken care of!

  • Trapper439 on October 27, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Bond was a great bowler at his peak. He was banned for the same reason as a dozen Bangladeshi players were also: he played in the ICL. The Bangladeshi players involved were given 10 year bans. 10 years. That's a longer sentence than many murderers get in prison. Just for playing in the ICL. Follow the money trail to find the true culprits. Because Coherent Cogent Information is given no credence when vested interests are trying to maximise their profits.

  • on October 27, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    All these other boards were like slaves to BCCI when it came up with a issue of ICL and then they made their players look bad and done some sort of sin playing for a private league, now you see what happening in this IPL all and every single thing is fraud..

  • Himannshu on October 27, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    ICL was treated unfairly. IPL is just what ICL was intended to be. Game is business now.

  • PeterSuchWasQuiteGood on October 27, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Quite right. Of all the many examples of cricket administrators trying to destroy the game over the past 20 years, this is the one that outrages me the most. Shane Bond, having done nothing wrong, was treated appalingly, and it is only down to the man's apparent dignity that he did not drag NZ cricket into costly and scandalous legal wranglings. NZC should be ashamed. Shane Bond should be lionised. Great bowler, great man.

  • Asif_Iqbal on October 27, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Shane I beg you if possible and you are fit enough to play then return for Newzealand at least for world cup we love to see you back in action.

  • on October 27, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    The last para is eye opener ...I love you on the field..you are true gentleman...there may be a lot of batsman...but cricket live on bowler.....without bowler it will die...Dirtiest politics by BCCI....shame on you....BCCI.

    "Bond said he opted against the legal route out of consideration for himself, his board and his team-mates even though it could have worked in his favour. "There was talk that India would not honour their commitment to tour here in 2009, and that other New Zealand guys who had signed with the IPL would have their contracts torn up," he said. "I would have suffered, NZC would have suffered, and my mates would have suffered. In the end it was better just to suck it up and move on."

  • on October 27, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Bond was one of the best bowler newzeland ever had and my favorite bowler!!! Even I consider Brett Lee after him compare to line and length with dat speed... I think it is really unfair to critisize him playing for ICL.

  • ROLAYH on October 27, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Just one thing I would like to mention apart from the ICL issue, he always suffered from the fitness. So it is not NZC & BCCI fault after all.... :-)

  • Woody111 on October 27, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    What's sad is that Bond didn't get to play more cricket, period. The guy was one of few NZ quicks of late late that opposition batsmen had to be very wary of. Genuine quick and accurate bowler who gots loads of bounce and could cut and swing the ball. While I hate 20/20 and the IPL I hope he gets bags of wickets out of it. He deserves it.

  • loveall on October 27, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Sir Richard was one the greatest of 20th century while Shane had potential to surpass his ideal in 21st century. Like so many highly talented player Shane was another victim of flawed and unfair system.

  • Hasso29 on October 27, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    bcci is responsible for icl controversey.Ipl is destroying the image of cricket. nz cricket is suffering because of that

  • on October 27, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Shane Bond is a fair and gentle sportsman, he still thinks that Justin has cornered him on his own or played politics. He should understand that India is involved in cricket and especially in his episode, so certainly he had to face a huge current of Indian politics. Alas! he became moral victim of Indian politics, but he might have got a lesson that dirtiest of politics exists in India.

  • virginsangram on October 27, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Very sad to hear what happens to SHANE BOND.But I really feels it's no body mistake because only blaming BCCI for this is no right.BCCI is currently the richest cricket board in the world and plays a major role in world cricket financially so its become obvious that the world cricket boards need to respect its stand.

  • ROLAYH on October 27, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    @ This tells us how falsely BCCI is controlling everything related to cricket in this world. And this gets a confirmation when you don't see Suresh Raina's link up report only on cricinfo...lol ...POOR CRICKET

    Yes everyone wants to please Indian cricket board. Cricinfo publishes anything and everything related to cricket. Howcome this news never came across... ? ?

  • on October 27, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Shane Bond is a legend. Period. The way NZC treated him was unfair. The way BCCI treated ICL was even more ruthless and manipulating. If not for his injuries, Bond could have contributed more to the game. He can relax knowing the fact that his fans still support him, as demonstrated by readers on this page.

  • Rukus_NZ on October 27, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Hmmm some of you dont really understand NZ politics, we are a small country that is ran by a few people who in some cases (this one included) are too big of themselves to see the larger scale.. What we lost was probably our best strike bowler in decades because he wanted to play over seas for a short period... and after he came back he retired.... look at the current team and how it is coached, managed and selected... Its a shamble, and this is just another example of our shoddy management who are too small minded to look at the bigger picture!

  • Asif_Iqbal on October 27, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Shane Bond one of my favorit he is a great bowler with the speed of 90+ his line on length is amazing with wonderful action. it is very sad that he became a vistim of bad politics

  • Baundele on October 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    I do not blame the NZC for not growing their backbone. All the other boards at the moment can not go against the BCCI as well. Bangladeshi and Pakistani players had their own teams at the ICL and in that process their cricket suffered a lot. The life of SLC was made miserable by the BCCI, when they tried to become softer to their ICL players. A clash between ICL and IPL should be an indian matter, the other boards should not be bullied. The ICC should have authorised the ICL in the first place, if they were wishing to spread cricket globally. Now, cricket is actually dying. WI is gone, Pakistan is no better, NZ does not have a decent set of players, the promising Kenya is rubbish, Bangladesh with all its talent and long 10 years at the top level is failing to compete with the bests. No new nation is added to the world cricket force. BCCI owns cricket and ICC and other boards are just playing the roles of puppets.

  • ROLAYH on October 27, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    I doubt if this comment gets published, but Cricinfo didn't even mentioned the story of Raina. This shows the power of Indian cricket.

  • ROLAYH on October 27, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Yes it was BCCI's own issue with ICL and they made it an international issue. ICC should be aware that BCCI has became such a big elephant that it is not possible to control it. Replacing the umpires in Australia, playing an unofficial match in South Africa protesting the punishments given by match referee (Proctor is was I think), saving Harbhajan of that racism controversy to name a few. In the recent case the way they have scrapped down Raina's involvement in match fixing (brought up by Srilankan board) whereas everyone knows how Pakistani are suffering due to this. Raina and Pakistani could both be guilty or both be innocent or either of them is guilty. ICC is not even investigating the issue. That shows the power of BCCI. Control ICC control... Otherwise some day BCCI will kill the ICC itself... :-)

  • ajax1970 on October 27, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    the guy is an absolute legend,if not for injury and a spinless cricket board its scary to think what he would have achieved.his record stacks up against the greats and it wasnt padded by alot of games against the minows,he destroyed australia's top order on many occasions.test or one dayers the guy delivered day in day out.

  • thrash_metal on October 27, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    LOL, shame. Stop whining. South African sportsmen deal with political issues much greater in scale than this

  • RAVI_BOPARA on October 27, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    HE WAS BOND.... SHANE BOND AFTER ALL!!! LOL

  • vinvin2210 on October 27, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    I think the culprit here was the BCCI..they cant claim to be serving India's interest by being a private board...BCCI arm-twists other boards like NZC by saying they wont allow India to tour NZ, which obviously is a money-spinner for other boards due to the high publicity of an Indian Cricket tour...Hence NZC had no real choice...

    BCCI was scared of ICL, so they then claimed to have 'invernted' IPL through Lalit Modi...in the end it was the poor ICL players and coaches who had to suffer...

    Sad that BCCI is just trying to take revenge for what ECB n ACU had done in the past by discriminating against other boards just coz they r the most powerful..

    Ultimately, its great cricketers like Bond who were deprived of the chance to play for their country...The losers are as always the ones who really love the game...

  • klobania on October 27, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    i totally agree with bond n most of the fans commenting here its really bcci who is real culprit. it is them who failed icl in order to promote ipl which is itself corrupt look what is happening to lalit modi these days. i think bond was the real match winner n a dream bowler for any cricket playing nation. i hope someday every playing nation will have a right to say when it comes to make decisions like to call icl rebel n to support ipl. i feel pity on cricket these days

  • jazzfreak on October 27, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    The whole concept of an international league of 20:20 was ICL's. BCCI hijacked it put Modi in charge and used their muscle power to strongarm ICC to screw all those connected with ICL including threatening cancellation of tours and careers of players One day BCCI is going to pay for this One day the Indian Govt will get after them and their shenanigans and lay those culprits bare

    Mr Bond You will be remembered long You took the right decisions all the way The cricket loving public want you to continue to bowl as long as you can and thrill us The Justin Vaughns and other such ninnies in cricket administration in the BCCI,the Pak Board et al will be long forgotten but not sportsmen like you

  • gfthgh on October 27, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    he have to continue till 2011

  • Octa on October 27, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    One word isnt enough to describe the man but i will try...legend

  • East_West on October 27, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Shane Bond! The real BOND! We really miss you Sir! You were one amazing fast bowler! You took a right decision by joining ICL! The way BCCI and especially MODI treated Kapil Dev of ICL [really bad], and look what MODI's situation is! BCCI should have respected ICL instead of ISOLATING- Much EGO about NOTHING - this is what BCCI is, whereas MODI got what he deserved - As you sow so shall you reap Mr MODI, but many like Shane Bond suffered because of this BCCI drama of ICL over IPL! In the end we lost a great cricketer like BOND who would have been lethal for both TEST and ODI for NZ team!

  • on October 27, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Shane Bond is a good person and I always observed sportsman spirt on his part and once again politics and money has destroyed the beauty of the game shame shame ...............BCCI.

  • on October 27, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    i was very bad bond..i m ur big fan,,,u r a graet bowler no doubt on dat...but u have to play 4 ur country...dat dey need

  • Match_Referee on October 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    @ h4haseeb: This is joke of the century. How BCCI is responsible for Pakistan Politics. If BCCI puts its finger in dirty Pak politics, it has to wash it for 100 years in the Ganges. I am very much worried that PCB will spread its politics to entire cricketing world. You can blame BCCI for other reasons, certainly not in intervening in Pak cricket and making politics there.

  • saurab2 on October 27, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    BCCI should be made a public body. Cricket India or for that fact should be played by the best players from the country. It should never matter whether they play IPL or ICL when it comes to representing the country. The country is the ultimate. Government should take necessary steps to get hold of BCCI otherwise there will be many like BOND in our own country. Country and Cricket should come much much before BCCI.. You also get it correct ICC.. Its a big mistake from you as well.

  • jokerbala on October 27, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    big fan Mr.Bond - I am delighted that u have come out of your shell and put out in front of the world what was responsible for your early exit and your genuine feelings regarding it. We fans have missed the best fast bowler of our generation due to few idiots.

  • SettingSun on October 27, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    The treatment of ICL players was absolutely disgraceful. When even IPL fans come out en masse to criticise the treatment of players from the league, then you know that you're doing something wrong. I seem to remember enjoying the ICL a lot more than the IPL too.

  • on October 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    brilliant minds by BCCI. they stole kapils idea and turned it into a treasure.

  • nzcricket174 on October 27, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    @Edwin Mendonca you forgot about Vettori. A man with that sort of record would just about go into any team. Any current team would have him, even India (Ojha would miss out).

  • on October 27, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    This tells us how falsely BCCI is controlling everything related to cricket in this world. And this gets a confirmation when you don't see Suresh Raina's link up report only on cricinfo...lol ...POOR CRICKET

  • on October 27, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I regret that the BCCI is acting as an autocratic body in imposing rules on other cricket bodies. I do hope the Supreme Court upholds that the BCCI should be a public body instead of claiming to be a private body. It serves a public purpose. I also hope that we do not behave like other powerful boards of the past and instead work towards strengthening cricket globally with everyone else and not arm twisting them into subjection. Feel sad for Bond, hope other players out there dont get steam-rolled like this in the future.

  • MISMATCH-MYK on October 27, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    BOND, YOU HAVE BEEN THE BEST I HAVE SEEN OF LATE, LETHAL SWING AND EXPRESS PACE COMBINED TO MAKE YOU A VERY DELIGHTFUL BOWLER TO WATCH, UNFORTUNATELY POLITICS HAS RUINED MANY A CAREER'S

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 27, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    RESPECT..................

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Shane bond is and will be the only match winning bowler playing for the new zealand team. look at the curent teams situation, they are even worse than Bangladesh. Imagine when a team like bangladesh can beat you 4-. I think it is time to give Ireland a test status. among the current new Zealand players, except for kane none would have been even in the Indian 16.

  • Shafaaqat on October 27, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    What a player he has been for NZ, we miss you big time Mr. Bond. He is the lone elite with pace and kind of swing he had. One thing we must admit that some cricket boards (King Makers)are trying to force other boards on certain decisions. Cricket is no more a gentleman's game. How on earth India can refuse to tour NZ because few players are ICL contracted, Damn!

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    What a hero Shane Bond is. Shame on NZC, that whole situation was a disgrace. If India wanted to withdraw, that's too bad for them. Cricket should come first! Besides, it's not like we have ever had enough world class bowlers to pick and choose who can play for us through political motives.I wasn't aware that beggars could be choosers?

  • guru1323 on October 27, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    People go on to play years and years and still end their career as just another player and soon become forgotten...but this guy, even though played for such a short duration in terms of matches, will be in my mind for the rest of my life, for the sheer joy of fast bowling he has provided....All the Best Bond...going to read your book as soon as it come in India

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    he is the legend,film should be made on him

  • h4haseeb on October 27, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    not just Bond, SA players and Pakistani players and indeed Pakistan Cricket Team became the victim of politics, at one stage Paksitan Cricket team is without their regular players like Mohd.Yousaf, Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Rana Naveed and some other young players who could have made it to the Pakistani team but because of inference of BCCI and ICC they all have suffered

  • --.-- on October 27, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Well, if whatever Bond said is true then New Zealand Cricket Board is the culprit.

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Very Good fast swing Bowler Better than Akhtar.

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Don't worry Bond, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Those who are tested bear the patience and resilience to face the problem. I would recommend you goto either Afghanistan or Ireland and be their bowling coach. These are the two emerging nations in cricket. Hit back at them by proving yourself to Justin.

  • on October 27, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    bondy, whatever the case maybe, we still love watching you bowl mate!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 27, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    IPL and ICL were leagues created to make money. They were commercial enterprise. It was a shame that cricket boards across the world arm-twisted their players for playing in the ICL. A sportsman's career is short and he needs to be able to make money to secure his future. Every sportsman would love to play / represent his country, for it is a honor, and it is distasteful when sports administrators arm-twist players by threatening to drop them from the national team. Sports belongs to the paying audience and they would like to see the best of quality, in terms of player selection and performance. Merit should be the sole criteria for player selection and not the petty whims and politics of the game's administrators.

  • sravi8888 on October 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Such an awesome bowler and it was a huge loss for the NZC when he decided to retire! I wish I could see more of his bowling..

  • nzcricket174 on October 27, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    What the heck? All I can say is that Bondy is a legend here in New Zealand. I was sad he missed out on that period of his career. When I didn't know anything about cricket and I never watched it, Bond made me interested.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on October 27, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    SO Said.. NZ is missing u in current Position. But After All Ur Futur is most Important.. GooD LucK... :)

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  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on October 27, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    SO Said.. NZ is missing u in current Position. But After All Ur Futur is most Important.. GooD LucK... :)

  • nzcricket174 on October 27, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    What the heck? All I can say is that Bondy is a legend here in New Zealand. I was sad he missed out on that period of his career. When I didn't know anything about cricket and I never watched it, Bond made me interested.

  • sravi8888 on October 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Such an awesome bowler and it was a huge loss for the NZC when he decided to retire! I wish I could see more of his bowling..

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 27, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    IPL and ICL were leagues created to make money. They were commercial enterprise. It was a shame that cricket boards across the world arm-twisted their players for playing in the ICL. A sportsman's career is short and he needs to be able to make money to secure his future. Every sportsman would love to play / represent his country, for it is a honor, and it is distasteful when sports administrators arm-twist players by threatening to drop them from the national team. Sports belongs to the paying audience and they would like to see the best of quality, in terms of player selection and performance. Merit should be the sole criteria for player selection and not the petty whims and politics of the game's administrators.

  • on October 27, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    bondy, whatever the case maybe, we still love watching you bowl mate!

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Don't worry Bond, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Those who are tested bear the patience and resilience to face the problem. I would recommend you goto either Afghanistan or Ireland and be their bowling coach. These are the two emerging nations in cricket. Hit back at them by proving yourself to Justin.

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Very Good fast swing Bowler Better than Akhtar.

  • --.-- on October 27, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Well, if whatever Bond said is true then New Zealand Cricket Board is the culprit.

  • h4haseeb on October 27, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    not just Bond, SA players and Pakistani players and indeed Pakistan Cricket Team became the victim of politics, at one stage Paksitan Cricket team is without their regular players like Mohd.Yousaf, Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Rana Naveed and some other young players who could have made it to the Pakistani team but because of inference of BCCI and ICC they all have suffered

  • on October 27, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    he is the legend,film should be made on him