What else can I say about the BCCI’s take on siding with the Australian cricket board on the rights issue concerning agency photographers? Cricinfo reports on the matter here. Whenever there is a slight smell of money the BCCI runs towards it like a hound. Didn’t we see this coming?
Going along this path (stretching it a little bit), maybe the cricket boards would contemplate charging bloggers who write about cricket; for we are getting some eye-ball time aren’t we. Or maybe, stretching this even further, the boards can consider charging the cricket players to pay a fee on a per-match basis to play for their team: for the cricketers are making a fortune out of the game!
When will the BCCI learn that such blatant copying of the Aussie will be of no good? It must be said here that this ‘aping of the West’ has become a malady observed among developing nations, including India but that is another topic for another day perhaps. Why are we obsessed with the Aussies for the wrong reasons? The BCCI craved for an Aussie coach, who could only leave the Indian cricket team in shambles. In an attempt to ape their selection policy, we now have dual-captaincy. God save Indian cricket from the BCCI!
Marvan Attapattu could well have been referring to cricket boards and selectors in general when he made his famous (not infamous – I salute the man for his guts) statement about the Sri Lankan board/selectors being “set of muppets headed by a joker.” Should we call cricket a muppeteers’s show puppeteered by clowns also known as cricket boards?