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Arjuna v The Cricket Mafia

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Arjuna v The Cricket Mafia

Lets look at some facts
-SLC is running at a 600mil rupee bank over draft
-SLC sets up a potentially money earning series with England and the ECB for May 2009 to help in their financial troubles
-Which clashed with the IPL also set for May 2009, meaning most of the big names from SL would miss the 2nd IPL season

The ‘Players picking IPL over country’ debate begin
-Lalit Modi and BCCI have were going to have none of this and set up a 70mil dollar deal for the SLC, over ten years for letting the SL players take part in the IPL and the Champions League.
-Arjuna meanwhile goes on a trigger happy crusade against the IPL 2020, calling it nothing more than ‘instant noodles’- which we must all agree is one of the best analogies ever made.
-Arjuna then goes on to blame the IPL 2020 for India losing the test series in SL.

BCCI and Lalit Modi start to dislike Arjuna
-ECB’s David Morgan says SLC’s agreement with the BCCI over the 70mil is ‘unacceptable’ stating the ICC reaffirmed that Test Cricket was to be the number 1 priority for the boards.
-Arjuna says the English test series will go ahead.
-And then does the unthinkable and lifts the ban on ICL players playing domestic cricket in SL.

BCCI and Modis dislike Arjuna even more.
-Modi and BCCI say the deal will not go ahead if Arjuna is around.
-Threatens to cut bi-lateral ties with SL.
-Hints it can “buy off” any Sri Lankan player if it wants to.

Dead Lock.

The message is clear.
India control the money and they have the power. They are kinda like the mafia of cricket right now. Threatening to bump off or buy off anyone who dares to go against them. Their reach is growing and its all about muscling out who ever they want to, to make as much money as possible.

India’s reputation of threatening to cut ties, boycott series and tours is growing. They exercised this power in Australia- Got their way. They are doing the same with lowly SLC- surely they will win this time as well.

Arjuna is caught in the middle.

He needs to make money for the SLC.
Please the ECB.
Please the BCCI and the IPL and his players all at the same time. That will never happen.

We argue a lot over the fact that cricket is only about the money these days. In this case- it HAS to be about the money. SLC needs money and its quite obvious that the most amount of money will flow from the IPL and the BCCI at the moment.

When Arjuna came into power I thought it would be a good thing. He always spoke about how the game in SL needs to improve to play with the big teams around the world. He seemed to have a vision. But somewhere between his triple upsized breakfasts and predicting India will win the 2007 WC, he seems to have lost his mind.

The IPL and the BCCI don’t care about cricket, they care about Break Even points and balance sheets and we are nothing but a small country in Political turmoil and financial crisis. When big brother offers a hand this big I think we ought to take it.

The England series was never in the schedule. Arjuna dug himself a hole by hastily arranging it. And although I was ecstatic that we would tour England again and annoyed that players seemed to be picking the IPL over the country on hindsight you have to try and see the bigger picture.

The big picture is that the IPL will give the SLC more money over a longer period of time than one test series in England ever could. What Arjuna should have done instead of shooting his potty mouth is to have initiated discussions with the BCCI and IPL regarding the participation fees he claims the SLC never got.

And SLC needs money.

Its strange because ONLY the SLC have publicly announced that they did not get any fee. Were the other boards given this money and SLC ignored ?

Arjuna is not a business minded man, he has a big ego and does not enjoy anyone going against him. He is revered in SL cricketing circles because of what he achieved as a player. And he enjoys using that power to get his way to the front of the buffet line – so to speak. But he is clearly not the man to lead the SLC, he runs his mouth which makes the board and the country look bad.

If I were Arjuna I would step down , because that would be in the interest of cricket in Sri Lanka. It is however unlikely and as long as he heads the board Sri Lankan cricket will be in turmoil in one way or the other.

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  1. Posted November 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Another instance of the ICC’s lack of overall authourity or forward planning?

  2. Posted November 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I agree Andruid –
    it is unbelievable how ICC “seems” to be unaware, when fans like us can understand the dangers.

    @ Damith,
    what do you reckon would happen if all SL players (including those signed up with IPL) stands in solidarity with Ranatunga?

    They will be compliant with ICC directive – so BCCI/Modi would not be able to voice criticism. Do the players not think that they should help their board to recover, its the future of SL cricket that they will help save.

    BCCI is not the only source for earning vital $$$ for the board – it may be an easy way to boost players’ own wealth.

  3. damiths
    Posted November 15, 2008 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    That is exactly the point china, I do not think the players will stand by Arjuna or the board.

    Mahela and Sangakkara did a press conference asking the Media to stop attacking them

    Check this out

    “In another twist to the story Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara were part of a press conference in which the players spoke out in regards to an article published by the local press. Some quarters in the media claimed the players duped the public and the sports minister in claiming the SLC was aware of their 3 year IPL contracts when they agreed to the tour of England. The SLC claiming no knowledge of a 3 year deal subsequently issued a press statement which claimed the players had only received a 1 year no objection certificate to take part in the inaugural season of the IPL.

    “Yes, we were auctioned (with IPL) for three years. We were auctioned at a certain price and every single player who played in the IPL signed a three year contract,” said Sangakkara. – PTI

    Sangakkara made it clear that the SLC knew of the 3 year contract with the IPL but the players only sought clearance for 2008 as they were only bound by annual contracts with Sri Lanka Cricket.

    “The SLC knew that we had signed a three-year contract, but our contract with the SLC are yearly contracts,” Sangakkara said on Thursday.

    “I was very perturbed by what went on in these months as a player. You always try as player to stay away from controversy, to do what is right and to play our cricket in peace,” he said.

    “But there was an article in a newspaper under the heading ‘did the country’s top cricketers dupe the public and the government’. (The article also published the letter written by Jayawardene and the SLC).”

    “There are certain things that we can ignore and take and even though we worry about it basically (we are) not making any comments. But we may be accused of misleading the public and the government of Sri Lanka. I think it is time to clear that,” Sangakkara said. – “

  4. Posted November 15, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    If the players are contracted by the SLC year by year, they cannot stop their players from signing a deal for three years with the IPL.
    And they are within their rights to issue a NOC for only one year.

    At the end of the year it does not become mandatory for SLC to issue further NOCs – neither can the players demand it. Surely, it is for the players to decide if they wish to play for SLC or IPL.

    If I was Ranatunga, I would be really miffed with my players for not backing me with what I believe is the right way forwards. If I remember correcly, he had given full support to Murali with the chucking issue.

    It really is a shame that he had to give up on the English tour.
    That I see as a victory of BCCI/IPL.

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    Arjuna v The Cricket Mafia | The “silly points”…

    Arjuna is caught in the middle.
    He needs to make money for the SLC.Please the ECB.Please the BCCI and the IPL and his players all at the same time. That will never happen.
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