Various state associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India met the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators on Sunday, and plenty of heat was generated during those meetings. Expectedly, media houses in India picked up on the news and pushed it to the top of nearly every broadsheet on offer on Monday (June 26).
That drama aside, Sachin Tendulkar is probably not going to have a stand named after him at the Brian Lara stadium in Tarouba, Smriti Mandhana’s folks speak up, Ajinkya Rahane’s back on his feet, the pink-ball dilemma rage on, and more.
Former BCCI president N Srinivasan, one of the many disqualified members who attended the meeting, told the CoA that he would like to discuss the International Cricket Council (ICC) matters at the Special General Meeting (SPG) at the Cricket Centre here on Monday.
The CoA chairman began the meeting, highlighting the good work of the administrators in settling matters with the ICC on the governance and financial models.
At this point, Srinivasan, representing the TNCA, said he would like to discuss more about the issues relating to the ICC at the SGM.
Srinivasan questioned the science behind ICC chairman Shashank Manohar offering BCCI a “pittance” (read: US$290m) in the previous ICC board meeting and then offering a US$100m extra. “Everybody’s taking pride in how India has managed to rake in US$15m more than that, but the fact of the matter is that when he was at the ICC, India was not just assured of US$570 but also held its sway over the ICC,” an official backing Srinivasan’s argument said.
The CoA has maintained that this is the best that they could’ve done where the ICC was concerned, that India clearly got out-voted in the previous board meeting, and signal was clear that other member countries of the ICC were in no mood to continue with India’s armtwisting tactics.
It could well be the final day in the long-winding Lodha saga. The members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have apparently ‘assured’ the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the reforms will be formally adopted at the Special General Meeting (SGM) today. Whether it will happen, finally and totally, is the point of interest.
The ‘assurances’ were given during two different meetings the CoA had with the members of the state units here yesterday. First, there was a meeting with the West and South Zone members in the morning and then with the North, Central and East Zone members in the afternoon. A certain N Srinivasan was present in the morning session.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has found a convenient way by saying “it was not their mandate to decide the eligibility or ineligibility of the people attending the Board meetings” to ignore the presence of former BCCI president N Srinivasan.
Sunday was not different as the Tamil Nadu strong man once again reached the BCCI headquarters at 10.45 am to attend the meeting of various state associations with Vinod Rai and company. If insiders are to be believed, then Srinivasan had a friendly spat with COA chief Vinod Rai on the issue of ‘wrong handling of ICC money matter’.
“This is not just a matter of losing money, but India has lost face there in ICC,” was how he told Rai. Srinivasan, though, refused to go into the details by saying: “This meeting has not been called to discuss ICC issue” Let us discuss all this on more appropriate forum.”
As far as the issue surrounding the selection committee is concerned, even the CoA has come to understand that given the length and breadth of India’s vast domestic circuit, monitoring of talent will become a gigantic effort. The general consensus coming out is that a five-member committee has worked fine and there is no need to tamper with it.
That brings the matter to one-state, one-vote – a recommendation that directly affects six state associations – Maharashtra, Mumbai, Vidarbha, Gujarat, Baroda and Saurashtra.
The CoA had zone-wise meetings with the state units and discussed various points. “They put their points across and we (CoA) put ours. We requested them to come to a conclusion as soon as possible,” said a CoA member after the meeting.
When asked about the reservations raised by the state units, the CoA member said: “Points like one-state-one-vote, three-member selection committee, age tenure and cooling off periods were discussed.”
The Rajasthan Cricket Association’s (RCA) long wait could end today. The Special General Meeting (SGM) is expected to take a call on restoring the affiliation to the RCA. The association, which was previously headed by banned Lalit Modi, has been under suspension since 2014.
The first step towards regaining the recognition was taken by the RCA itself. It suspended Modi’s Nagaur District Cricket Association on Saturday, a pre-condition by the BCCI to restore the membership. The RCA has subsequently written to all concerned in the BCCI – office-bearers, CoA and CEO – about the action.
Rahane’s innings, the false shot against Nurse aside, did witness a number of attractive strokes. There were a number of typically fluent drives to the assortment of half-volleys from the West Indian pacers, and a pulled six in there too. He also manipulated the field excellently against Devendra Bishoo by going inside-out on occasions and sweeping against the turn on others. And on a day where early morning rain seemed to have ruined any chance of play despite the Queen’s Park Oval having found its voice, people and the irrepressible sounds of chutney music, Rahane brought up his century with a delectable and crunchy cover-drive off Miguel Cummins.
But what does this century do to his ODI career? Some might actually consider Rahane a tad fortunate to be here in the first place, considering that even his 103 here only bumped up his overall average to 33.83.
The Brian Lara stadium is finally complete and set to host the CPL final on September 1 this year. Nobody really knows or can say with conviction anyway about when Trinidad actually decided to build a stadium eponymous with the most famous son of their soil. Some say it was conceived in the late 1990s, others that the foundation stone was laid somewhere at the start of the millennium. Everyone though remembers when it was supposed to be complete—the 2007 World Cup.
But one thing’s sure, rarely has the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Tarouba—which is some 52 km, and a good hour-drive from Port of Spain—ever done much but incite debates or spread a lot of bakanal—Trini for confusion—around Trinidad.
“We got a little tense when she was injured while fielding, but we spoke to her after the match and were relieved to learn that it was not a serious injury. We were not disappointed after she was out for 90 because she has made India and us proud. The credit goes her dedication,” Smita Mandhana added.
The ICC has also approved recommendations relating to bat sizes to reduce undue advantage to batsmen. Marylebone Cricket Club, the custodian of the laws of the game, formed the World Cricket Committee which included former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, former England captain Mike Brearley and they had suggested that the size of a bat’s edges and depths should be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and 40mm at the edge. Some of the top players’ bats have edges of between 38mm and 42mm. From now on the recommendation of Ponting and Brearley will be implemented.
Never mind. It is more about the pink ball than the floodlights. There is much enthusiasm around and even some from those such as your correspondent who believe that floodlit cricket has been a brilliant addition to the game over the past 40 years but that it works less well in the UK than just about any other part of the globe (generally it is either too light or too cold). Nonetheless the experiment is worthwhile. Unlike some of the ECB’s current plans the notion of Championship day/night cricket can be easily reversed it if does not work out.
We’ve all heard of Cow Corner – and aimed a booming slog sweep or two there – but things were taken to a whole new level during a village cricket pitch invasion in the UK over the weekend.An ill-tempered bovine halted play as it charged across the Clarke Lane outfield during a Cheshire Cricket League match as Kerridge hosted Mossley.