The feud between the Indian cricket board and the International Cricket Council (ICC) could get worse. The reason? The ICC was selling green coloured Indian team t-shirts and caps as official merchandise during the World Cup in the West Indies. And the BCCI is not happy.
BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah and chief administrative officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty were in the Caribbean for the World Cup's last week. They observed that some of the official India merchandise was of the wrong colour. India's cricketing hue, as everyone knows, is blue.
"We first heard about the t-shirts from some Indian fans who had come from England," Shetty, who returned late on Tuesday night, told the Hindustan Times from Mangalore on Wednesday. "Then we saw them ourselves… India t-shirts and caps, with the BCCI logo, in parrot green colour. We saw them in Barbados as well as Jamaica. What's more, each t-shirt was being sold at $160 each."
The Board isn't going to ignore the mistake. "We have bought some t-shirts and caps," Shetty said. "We will discuss the issue with (marketing committee chairman) Lalit Modi and decide the future course of action." Just a couple of days ago, Shah had made strong remarks in the Australian media about the ICC's way of governance. The merchandise goof-up could send more flak the ICC's way.