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  • Why Tendulkar's Book Could Be A Bore

    Teasers from 'Playing It My Way' remind us of his inability to be frank about cricket's ills.

    He is not disappointed over a private conversation between two people that took place over seven years ago, says Rahul Dravid.

    Good for him! I have many reasons to respect Dravid — the cricketer and perhaps more importantly, the man — and this refusal to be part of a circus shilling a book is just the latest.

    The bit Dravid has no reaction to is this:

    "Just months before the World Cup, Chappell had come to see me at home and, to my dismay, suggested that I should take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid," Tendulkar writes in his autobiography Playing It My Way, which will be released on November 6. “Anjali [Tendulkar’s wife], who was sitting with me, was equally shocked to hear him say that ‘together, we could control Indian cricket for years’, and that he would help me in taking over the reins of the side.

    It is the latest in a series of teasers for Sachin Tendulkar’s about-to-be-released book. And these ‘exclusive’ trickles, rather than build any anticipation in me, lead me to

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  • Srini to Jaggu: Cheers, mate!

    Dalmiya remains ‘interim president’. Srini remains in charge. And most importantly, Srini can now contest in September.



    In a private corner of a bar someplace, N Srinivasan and Jagmohan Dalmiya are likely sharing a single malt and laughing fit to bust; their laughter probably crescendoes with each new headline in the media, and each new talking head on TV, announcing that Srini’s bid to return as president has been stymied again.

    The word the media wants is “facilitated”.

    Going in to today’s meeting, there was only one outcome Srinivasan needed to avoid: that the IPL governing council, of which he is *not* a member (ex-officio, he calls himself — but that is in his capacity as BCCI president, from which post he has ‘stepped aside’ — so on date, he cannot be part of the governing council even ex-officio) would accept the Bombay High Court strictures, accept the inquiry committee report as invalid, and order a new probe.

    *If* that had happened, Srinivasan was finished — because there is no way in hell a probe committee can be constituted, meet, examine evidence (no matter how superficially) and submit a Read More »from Srini to Jaggu: Cheers, mate!
  • N Srinivasan to Earth: Just Chill Out

    1997. 2003. 2013. It's pretty simple, actually. Whenever the stench of corruption has threatened the BCCI, it has simply rigged an inquiry committee to give itself a 'clean chit'. Honestly.

    “I do not know,” said N Srinivasan, the president-in-limbo of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), “why you people are making a big issue of it.”

    A Bombay High Court bench, responding to a petition filed by the Bihar Cricket Association, had called the BCCI-constituted panel of inquiry “illegal”, repudiated that panel’s report and asked that the entire inquiry be conducted afresh.

    What’s the big deal here, Srinivasan asks. And you can understand his bewilderment – after all, the BCCI had in this instance merely drawn from a playbook that has served its ends successfully, and repeatedly, in the past.

    Does anyone remember DV Subba Rao? Back in 2003, he was chairman of the Bar Council of India and was handpicked to probe the allegation that Abhijit Kale, an up and coming right hand batsman from Maharashtra, had offered bribes to two members of the national selection committee for a berth in the senior side.

    In course of the inquiry, Subba Rao met only three people: Pranob Roy and

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  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom
  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom
  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom
  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom
  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom
  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom
  • Dalmiya and the new broom

    Jagmohan Dalmiya

    The BCCI has “initiated Operation Clean-Up” — and I was so impressed.

    Were you not? A clean-up, even if it is only ‘initiated’, is good, no? Particularly when Jagmohan Dalmiya, who wields this particular broom, had pessimistically said the day he took charge that there are no instant solutions?

    • More impressive than the initiation is how wide-ranging it is, this ‘Operation Vacuum Cleaner’.
    • No more apres-match parties (Chirayu Amin said the same thing over three years ago)
    • No more cheerleaders
    • No more strange faces in dugouts (Lalit Modi said that when he chucked Shah Rukh out in season 2)
    • Strict code of conduct in place (Since there is already a code of conduct in place, make that ‘stricter’)
    • No selectors to have ties with any franchise (Oh wait, apparently BCCI officials and such still can — a significant omission, but let’s not carp)

    Players and support staff to provide their cellphone numbers to BCCI ahead of the IPL (Strange, I thought the BCCI would know how to contact players and Read More »from Dalmiya and the new broom

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