25 January, 2021

Ravi Shastri

I don’t even have the body and physical strength for the job. My thoughts do not travel like the tracer bullet!

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Ravi Shastri
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Damn, damn and damn. The mobiles and other telephones never stop ringing. Messages on Facebook, Twitter from all parts of the world. How can one man cope with all these? Queries on DRS, neutral umpires, pitch preparation, tips on match-fixing and unfixing, Srini’s guilt, the whereabouts of Meiyappan, tips on putting people to sleep through commentary, role of godfathers in cricket, what the BCCI will be reduced to without me, unravelling Sunil Naraine’s mystery ball, Ashwin’s carrom ball and all other types of balls.... Enough for one man? Ha, more than enough. Isn’t there anyone else in the BCCI besides yours truly to manage cricket affairs?

So, I am now in yet another probe panel appointed by the BCCI to define corrective measures to clean up Indian cricket without interfering with the board’s autonomy. Well, that’s some assignment! They could have come to me earlier, today I don’t even have the body and physical strength for the job. My thoughts do not travel like the tracer bullet! Yet, among the state associations that pay...

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