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Of Dravid, Desai and BCCI

The BCCI seems least concerned with the leakage of the manager's "confidential report" to news channels and is fighting tooth and nail with senior team players and the team captain on the eve of the world cup. The similarity between this leak and the Chappell email leak in 2005 that caused so much turmoil seems to indicate that all leaks are coming from within the august precincts of the BCCI.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 17:19 IST

The behaviour of the BCCI is akin to the behavior of the judge narrated during Pinocchio's experiences with the Fox and the Cat at the Inn of the Red Crayfish.

The BCCI seems least concerned with the leakage of the manager's "confidential report" to news channels and is fighting tooth and nail with senior team players and the team captain on the eve of the world cup. The similarity between this leak and the Chappell email leak in 2005 that caused so much turmoil seems to indicate that all leaks are coming from within the august precincts of the BCCI. The BCCI has not said a word about the leak, which surely should be its first area of concern. Instead there is a concerted effort to protect the BCCI manager, Mr Desai from the attacks of rebels such as Mr Dravid.

In common with the rest of the Indian polity, this seems to indicate that the BCCI has no interest in the players and seems to believe that the Indian cricket team is composed only of the office bearers of the BCCI. A Mr Chetan Desai wields more power over the cricket team and is deemed to be a more significant contributor to Indian cricket than Rahul Dravid with his 15,000 plus international runs or Virendra Sehwag with his 8,000 plus international runs. No doubt, the BCCI is following the illustrious examples of the Indian Lawn Tennis Federation, which finds it easier to honour their secretary for 40 years, Mr RK Khanna and not Ramanathan Krishnan, India's sole (to date) top ten male singles player.

It is unfortunate but true - despite the BCCI, the Indian cricket team has managed to hold its own. Without the BCCI, there is a good chance that we may even win some tournaments.