31 October, 2020

Mutiny And The Bounty

After bodyline, Kerry Packer and match-fixing, the world of cricket braces for its fourth tectonic upheaval

Mutiny And The Bounty
One of world cricket’s worst-kept secrets is that Jagmohan Dalmiya does not like the English. And the feeling’s mutual. Hardly ever does a British paper mention Dalmiya in a report without appending his name with "currently being investigated by Indian authorities for tax evasion" or "accused of irregularities in granting television rights for international cricket matches". The relationship between Dalmiya and the English cricket establishment can be described as two cheetahs circling each other, fangs bared, waiting for the right opportunity for a feral strike. The English arsenal draws its strength from the fact that cricket was born on that rainy island and the belief that this makes the English the keepers of the flame. Dalmiya’s power is from economic strength, the reality that the Indian subcontinent provides much of the cash to run world cricket. Mike Denness’ stupid and unjust verdicts are just the latest twist in a battle to the end that began 18 years ago on the eve of India’s stunning World Cup victory.

Yes, 18 years ago. The then Indian president of the...



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