02 March, 2021

Pompoms For Dalmiya

Touring India is tough enough for veterans, let alone for boys who are still finding their way to county grounds against girl guides and boy scouts.

Pompoms For Dalmiya
Ha, ha, ha, all talk and no action! One thought BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya was set for a head-on collision with the ICC and would back the Indian players to the hilt. But what happened to all that? Nothing. I don't know what transpired between him and Speed. But one thing is for sure—cricket supporters are of the opinion that India have taken a backward step. I came out of the first press conference in Port Elizabeth with a distinct impression that the Indian players enjoyed all the support they ever wanted from their board and could go back home with their heads held high.

I am not so sure of it anymore. Calling the bluff of the ICC is an easy thing to do to a point, but it needs real guts to see it all the way. Sadly, the opportunity slipped away for someone to become a real fighter for the players' and the game's cause. We know that change is the price of survival. Let's not hear complaints from any Indian component on issues that are not consistent from now on. The next official ICC meeting is going to be closely followed and I just wonder if there was any...

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