Two happenings should convince doubters that the unfairly maligned Board of Control for Cricket in India is in good hands.
The first was the announcement that Mohinder Amarnath was to get the Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for his service to cricket in India. Mohinder fully deserves the honour for he is one of India's best ever.
The kudos to BCCI are simply because some crusty people would have tried to bring forth some of Jimmy’s remarks and deny him the honour.
Jimmy had famously called the selectors a ‘bunch of jokers’ after being dropped from the team, and at that stage nobody gave him a chance of making a comeback. But being the original comeback man, he got picked again and scored runs to show that his earlier omission was a mistake. Thankfully, the BCCI did not hold the remarks against him and has given him the award.
There was disappointment when he missed out on being India’s coach. Media expectations and the pressure to appoint Greg Chappell was so huge that despite Jimmy’s presentation and vision statement being as good as the Australian’s, he did not get the job. We all know what a disaster that appointment turned out to be.
The second event that puts the BCCI in favourable light is the selection of Sreesanth in the Test squad against Sri Lanka. Sreesanth may not actually get to play if India decide to go in with two new-ball bowlers and two spinners, but his selection sends the signal that even as the BCCI will not tolerate indiscipline and bad behaviour on the field, it will not come in the way of a player being picked.
While the selectors need to be complimented on their selection, the decision to have 15 players for a series in India needs to be queried. The only selection dilemma is whether to include three seamers or two spinners because the batting picks itself. To have two extra batsmen makes little sense. They would be better off playing in the Ranji Trophy.
One thought that K Srikkanth would rather have S Badrinath and M Vijay playing for Tamil Nadu and helping them to qualify for the semis than having them cool their heels in the dressing room.
Sri Lanka have some of the top players in the world and are here to win a Test series for the first time.
After losing to a second-string Australia, India need to do something special to win back the fans they’ve lost.