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A blog by ©hinaman:

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Letting Indian Fans Call The (Dull) Shots

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As every week passes, there’s more writing on the wall for English cricket.
Are the custodians of our game reading what India are saying?
And why do their fans have such poor sporting taste?

Dougie Brown, the chairman of the PCA, is the latest well-positioned expert to warn that English players might pull a Stephen Fleming and join the IPL while still at the top of their game. Dougie, the wholehearted Scottish all-rounder who enjoyed an ODI day in the sun as part of England’s victorious Sharjah outfit in 1997, knows a thing or two about sporting pragmatism.

‘Everyone wants to play for their country and I’m no different, even if in my case you need to put the word ‘their’ in inverted commas,’ he said of his appearances for the Auld Enemy.Brown reckons that players could call time a couple of years earlier to get a tilt at the IPL. Even those that are still in their international bloom are getting in on the act to the detriment of their countries. Daniel Vettori and company’s late arrival, due to IPL commitments, for their tour of England is just the thin end of the wedge.

But, if you can’t blame the players for wanting to dip their bread, and you can’t blame the greedy Indian capitalists for being greedy capitalists who want to make money from TV rights, who can you blame?

For me, that’s the Indian fans. For demanding, and therefore getting, cricket of two types, both of them pretty unsatisfying in the long-run. Type one is their aging demi-Gods batting matches into dull draws on featherbed pitches. Type two is ADHD hit-and-giggle franchise junk food.

This week’s bore draw in Chennai, albeit enlivened by Virender Sehwag’s astonishing knock, seemed to please both India and South Africa. Graeme Smith, like any South African skipper, fears losing more than he loves to win, so he can be excused in the way that a dog is excused for stealing sausages.

But why are India preparing pitches that produce all-but-guaranteed stalemates? Because that is what people want to see, I guess. It certainly makes the forthcoming crash-bang-wallop of the IPL seem more exciting. Maybe that’s the idea…

But let’s be honest, only a moron would prefer Twenty20 or a high-scoring certain draw to a finely-poised Test match. Is that what the Indian public really want?

India, quite reasonably, don’t feel that they should be told what to do by England and Lord’s any more, and they hold all the cards. But that doesn’t make them right. Luckily, England have the proactive, aggressive administrators to head them off at the pass. What’s that now? Oh…


Lets see…

Twenty20 was originally introduced in the United Kingdom for professional inter-county competition by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in 2003.

One-day cricket began between English county teams on May 2, 1962. Leicestershire beat Derbyshire and Northamptonshire beat Nottinghamshire over 65 overs in the “Midlands Knock-Out Cup”, which Northamptonshire went on to win a week later. The following year, the first full-scale one-day competition between first-class teams was played, the knock-out Gillette Cup, won by Sussex.

The first Limited Overs International (LOI) or One-Day International (ODI) match was played in Melbourne in 1971, and the quadrennial cricket World Cup began in 1975. Many of the “packaging” innovations, such as coloured clothing, were as a result of World Series Cricket, a “rebel” series set up outside the cricketing establishment by Australian entrepreneur Kerry Packer.

So, why blame us, the Indian fans.
The “hit-and-giggle franchise junk food” of cricket was exported to India, like the McDonalds burgers, except we modified it to suit our taste, to McAlooTikka. Likewise, twenty20 has been exported to us, we have changed it to our own liking.

If non-Indian players are tempted by the money, to “wanting to dip their bread” too, don’t blame the Indian fans for that greed.
Neither are they being captured, put in chains and shipped out to India to join the “circus”.

Besides, if you pay your players good money, they will have no reason to join IPL or the ICL.
What’s that now? You do not have that much money?
Oh! but don’t blame us for it…



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