25 October, 2020

Internecine Googlies

After bearding Bindra in the BCCI den, Dalmiya starts off on a false note

Internecine Googlies

JAGMOHAN Dalmiya has won the battle that threatened his position as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), but Indian cricket emerges weaker not stronger after his fratricidal fracas with friend-turned-foe Inder Singh Bindra.

The net result of the sabre-rattling, politicking, innuendos, insinuations and allegations in the run-up to the November 6-7 AGM of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is already showing. The 30-strong board has split vertically, with close to 20 associations on Dalmiya's side and the remainder on Bindra's. And the impact of the groupism can be seen with the retention of the same "bunch of jokers" as selectors. "What could we do when we didn't have a majority," said Bindra as he emerged out of the AGM where he 'took up' the activities—some of them nocturnal—of two of the five wise men. The twosome, who have reportedly demanded bribes for selecting players, leaked selectorial deliberations, got into drunken brawls, and sought Sachin Tendulkar's ouster, were retained as...



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