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One of the worst things in life to me is being
around anything spoiled. Being around spoiled
people is even worse if that makes sense. Well,
I don t care how it sounds but my God - it is
the worst sin that can befall anyone and Board
of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president
N Srinivasan is just that.
This man could do irreparable damage to a
game that has brought so much good to people
across the world.
Srinivasan is the man leading the charge as
the BCCI, England Cricket Board (ECB) and
Cricket Australia (CA) try their best to stage a
coup in world cricket.
Indeed, if the weaker cricket boards across
the world don t stand up, we could witness the
death of the game in regions like the West
The cricket cabal is suggesting that Test
matches be played in a two-tier system with
India, England and Australia immune to rele-
gation. South Africa, who has opposed this set-
up, is the other team that would find itself play-
ing in the top tier. Our beloved West Indies
team will this be dropped into the lower tier
and we all know the dangers of this.
If this proposal is to get the go-ahead, eight
full members out of the ten would need to sup-
port it. Apart from the cabal, we have the G7,
which represents the group of the seven other
The Indians, as they have done in recent
years, have already said it s their way or no way.
Srinivasan has made it clear that if they don t
get this proposal passed they are on their way.
Well, I think they should be allowed to go
It was has been reported that India contribute
to 80 per cent of the International Cricket
Council s (ICC) earnings. So let them go and
play by themselves and see if they would be
able to command the great earnings from tel-
evision rights, sponsors and even attendance
If they want to go let them go, the rest of
the world has to stay together and force the
ICC to put Test series on the Future Tours Pro-
gramme (FTP) which clash with their cash cow
Indian Premier League (IPL) and see who will
go to play there.
The fact is that somebody needs to tell Srini-
vasan that India needs the world to remain
viable in cricket. They need the other top teams
in the world to go to Delhi and Mumbai in order
to make money.
The ICC garnered US$2 billion for the last
World Cup and this could go a long way in run-
ning cricket. Obviously, if they were to refuse
India, there would have to be cut backs in certain
things, like staff and some programmes, but
cricket would survive.
At is it right now, India, England and Australia
control the ICC thanks to all the other wimpy
cricket boards from across the world. These
three, however, might have done the game a
tremendous service by going for the jugular.
They might have well finally brought out the
fighting spirit from the weaker boards. If the
weaker boards stand up to them now and gal-
vanize their support, the sport could benefit.
The Caribbean must also stand behind the
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) if
they fail to support this proposal. Our
guys going there to vote must know that
the region is fully behind them. Alter-
natively, if they do turn up there and
go against, then the region as a whole
must demand that they give up that
West Indies blazer and ride out.
This is a critical time in our cricket
and the leadership of the WICB must
stand firm. There is no way that this
proposal can work to the benefit of West
Recently, on the Monday Night Cricket
Show, the phone lines were burning with
irate supporters saying that the WICB
has to kick against this. One man went
as far as saying that he will lead a protest
in front of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
if the WICB gets bought out.
This brings me to another point -
that of being bought out. I am not here
to judge anyone and say they can be
bought out but it happens. In my opin-
ion, most people have a price and we
know how certain quarters operate. I
am sincerely hoping that the weaker
boards are not bought out and stand by
South Africa to defeat this nasty cricket
Let Indians and Srinivas go on their own
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