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Losers take it all

The Indian cricket team stayed away from the ICC awards ceremony. We hope it was because of injuries. HT writes.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2011 21:46 IST

Great responsibility may come with great power. But nothing of that sort was on display from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday. Basketball-sized egos kicked into action when the BCCI ‘asked’ Team India to ‘skip’ — it wasn’t a ‘boycott’! — the International Cricket Council Annual Awards function in London.

The cause for the ‘non-attendance’?

Version 1: the invitation to the function “came too late”.

Version 2: a BCCI babu felt slighted at having not been invited.

If we didn’t know better, we would have bet the India-England series scoreline — 0-4 in the Tests, 0-2 and a tied match in the ODIs — made the Indians stay away.

But hang on. If mighty Dhoni and his boys don’t suffer from a sarkari mentality, didn’t their ready kowtowing to the BCCI’s ‘request’ to stay away from the ICC ceremony point to a serious lack of spine and sportsmanship?

Unless, of course, every player was too mutilated from injuries to make it to the function.

Oh, and just to put the un-cherry on the un-cake: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award at the ICC ceremony — for recalling Ian Bell in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

As Bell was invited to accept the award on Dhoni’s behalf, we cracked a few ribs guffawing at the irony of it all.