If you are interested in the finance of cricket, then you were in for a treat as Wednesday (October 18) offered good material on the matter. The ongoing tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations continued to make news. Sachin Tendulkar, meanwhile, is all set to become a comic hero, and David Warner’s drawing quite a bit of flak for attempting to instigate even more hostility between Australia and England.
What is crystal clear is that the richer cricket has become, the more inequality it has bred. That, you might say, is a modern truism of the game, but as the calendar is being fundamentally reshaped by domestic T20 leagues and the riches they offer players, the magnitude of that inequality should serve as a clear warning to the international game.
In most cases salary figures and contract details are not made available publicly; the information in this article, culled from their contacts by our correspondents from around the globe, strives to be as accurate as is possible.
Rajesh Kaul: “Disappointed? Yes, because we had nurtured IPL for the last 10 years. We created IPL and made it into the huge brand that it is now. Yes, we are little bit disappointed but luckily our dependence on IPL is not there today.”
Khanna and Chaudhary have also pointed out that “any alteration/addition/amendment of constitution may tantamount to transgressing the mandate of the Hon’ble Supreme Court” and therefore, it is suggested that in order to bring harmony between the judgment dated (July 18, 2016) and the proposed Draft Constitution of the BCCI, it is imperative that the clauses which are being sought to be added on the basis of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — to the Justice Lodha Committee report as accepted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court with certain clarifications and modifications — be removed.
The choice for players, to put it crudely, is between present security and future immortality. It is no longer about playing at the highest level one is capable of. Should a player give up current financial safety for the shaky promises of becoming a legend of the future? Always assuming, of course, that Test cricket is the highest form of the game, and great performers here are more likely to be remembered by future generations than heroes of white ball cricket.
Here was a boy who grew up playing in the maidans of Mumbai with others his age, now playing in the Brabourne Stadium with and against international cricketers much older and taller than him.
But not once did Shaw seem intimidated by that. Throughout his 80-ball stay in the middle on Tuesday, in which he scored 66, Shaw looked like a batsman who belonged to this stage.
R Vinay Kumar: “Having Rahul and Karun in the team is a big boost for us. Rahul has cemented his place in the Indian team while Karun is also doing well. Such is their impact that just by seeing their names the opponents are going to feel the pressure. They are very important as the juniors can learn a lot from them.”
Will Sachin Tendulkar be coming up as a comic book hero? Well, sort of. His autobiography Playing It My Way is being condensed with a section of it projecting him as a comic book hero. The abridged version – meant to cater exclusively to the children – will be hitting the stands in just over a week.
Publishers Hachette India confirmed the development and revealed that the refurbished book has will have elements that should attract the children. Of particular importance is that the comic hero portion which will be of about 25 pages and will carry some of the most exciting cricketing events of Tendulkar’s life.
“I was asked about my opinion on Sreesanth’s involvement by the investigation team. And I told them in simple and plain words that ‘no player can do it on his own without the involvement of the team’s captain’,” the BCCI official said.
“Can a player on his own bowl a particular over?” asked the official, adding: “The investigators were convinced that Sreesanth was only a small fish in the entire scandal and there was a need to probe the role of many more.”
“As soon as you step on that line it’s war,” Warner had said, looking ahead to the Ashes. “You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eyes and try and work out: ‘How can I dislike this player? How can I get on top of him?’ You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you’re out there.”
Warner is not the first cricketer to talk in such terms. “If I was getting into a batsman it was to convince myself that this was the worst bloke in the world and I didn’t want him out there,” Merv Hughes, among the most infamous sledgers of the modern era, once said. “That usually happened at innocuous times, when the game was going through a little flat patch. I had to get up for the contest, and my way of doing that was to take it out on the batsman.”
Hughes actually had a distaste for cricket when it was played in an atmosphere of friendliness, considering the sport inferior when “there’s no spite in it”. “But then not everyone shares my view on how to play cricket,” he said. “Some people don’t have to hate the opposition to motivate themselves. I’d hate them and try to kill them. To me that’s easier than to like them and maybe back off in crunch situations.”
Marcus Trescothick: “It’s pathetic. To come out with those sort of comments is not needed. There’s always the hype that comes around before the Ashes, so I don’t think it’s something the [English] players will be drawn into. I think it will just be a good distraction, hopefully, for Australia and they can get caught up in the war of words,” he told the BBC.
Peter Handscomb: “I was sledging Jordan Silk at the time and Punter was at the other end and he stopped the game and just nailed me for about five minutes and I did not say a word after that because I was so scared. I was just so shocked that here was this guy that I’d been watching play cricket since I was a child and he was just laying into me. But it was great, it was awesome.”
From leading in junior cricket, Australian underage teams and domestic cricket – she is one of only two women to have captained both Victoria and New South Wales – there is a sense that all of Haynes’ cricket experiences have been building up to captaining Australia in an Ashes series.
“I’m well-prepared as a leader,” she says. “I don’t feel like I’m going into this series with it being my first time leading a team. I’ve experienced success as a leader and am feeling confident I can lead this team well – it’s something that I’m more than capable of doing. All my cricket experiences and leading various teams along the way will definitely help.”
Schutt is a master of the swinging ball and is excited by the prospect of bowling with a ball that still moves through the air deep in the bowling innings.
“Swing is my most dangerous part of my bowling,” she said on Wednesday. “We have two balls now, which is awesome and hopefully I can keep that ball swinging a bit longer.
“I’d love to be chucked the ball at the 30th over and (have it) still swinging. I think that’s awesome.”
Alex Hartley: I’ve got no intention of doing anything other than cricket for a while but I have had some new inspiration for my future life thanks to Australia’s wildlife.
I went to the zoo on our day off and I absolutely loved it – it was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I even googled “How to be a zookeeper” when I got back to the hotel!