For a moment one wondered if it was a press conference connected with the International Cricket Council. ICC media managers are known to maintain order and decorum during their events. But on Tuesday, at a posh hotel in Bandra where a three-year deal was announced between the world’s governing body and global internet brand, Yahoo, there was chaos once the ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, ICC brand ambassador Rahul Dravid and Yahoo vice-president Gopal Krishna posed with the World Cup trophy.
After the formal announcement was made, the floor was opened for questions ‘related to the deal’. When none asked any, instead keen on asking general questions on the game, there was mayhem as the assembled journalists, print and electronic media were told by the young master of ceremonies that general questions on cricket would be done offline.
The crowd mobbed Lorgat and Dravid, thrusting microphone at the former India captain, who did not utter a word other than read out a statement about the deal (“Am sure that with the deal, cricket will spread in India and other parts of the world”.).
It finally required ICC Communications Officer James Fitzgerald to restore parity.
When it was down to business, Lorgat touched upon the cricketing topics, saying, “it was too early to talk about shifting the 2011 World Cup” and that “the wheels are now in motion with the Cup organising committee having met earlier in the day in New Delhi.”
On a Pak court ruling that allows ICL affiliated cricketers to play domestic tournaments, Lorgat said: “I don’t want to speculate. There is an ICC resolution sent to all the member countries not to promote unauthorised cricket.”