Australian journalist Gideon Haigh has taken on and taken apart the most suave opinion in Indian cricket -- Harsha Bhogle's -- in a strongly-worded response to what Bhogle had written on the ongoing wrangle between the BCCI and SACB. If the excerpts get you hot under the collar, read Haigh's complete article here.
The first thing you notice is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is never referred to by name. Bhogle writes of Cricket South Africa on one hand, but of ‘India’ on the other, attempting to enlist his whole country in what is essentially a private administrative feud. From this position, he can travesty criticisms of the BCCI as ‘anti-India’, ‘looking down at India’, and using ‘the blackest shade to paint India with’.
Oh for goodness sake. Perhaps the BCCI do think of themselves as ‘India’. But I’m not sure Indians themselves see themselves as synonymous with the BCCI, any more than Australians think of themselves as at one with Cricket Australia. The irony is that Bhogle elsewhere purports to deplore ‘lazy thinking’; yet what could be lazier than what in another context would be deemed flagrant populist dog-whistling?
And this is what Bhogle had written that required such a strong rebuttal:
So too can other countries look at the effect of India on their own cricket. They could either sit back and complain, write smartly written articles looking down at India and generally use the blackest shade to paint India with. This is exactly what a lot of us in India have been doing with dollar prices. We are complaining, we are upset about the USA and their sabre-rattling on Syria and we are writing vitriolic articles about the US “war economy”.
Alternately the affected cricket playing countries can ask if they can create a parallel economy to sustain themselves without being dependant on India; which is what the more pragmatic political commentators in India are saying about doing non-dollar denominated commercial agreements for example. I am not an economist so this is probably a very simplistic argument but it is a parallel worth considering.
The pow-pow continues on Twitter:
@plalor cannot have the point of view you want me to have. read some of my other stuff but that might take away the "dishonest" opportunity!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2013
@plalor you know i have no problem with that peter.but there are 2 sides. to see only one,as gideon does,is poor.he misses the pt by a mile— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2013
@bhogleharsha ok you have been stronger in other pieces. this one seemed rather insensitive to SA's horrendous situation & BCCI culpability— Peter Lalor (@plalor) September 23, 2013
@plalor the problem with very intelligent people like gideon is that they become slaves to their point of view and can't see another— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2013
i wrote this last week http://t.co/G8VUGTU3Rh but i guess it was inconvenient for some people, and their arguments, to remember that!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2013