IPL: Recusal, All-Rounder Ganguly and the Return of Lara (Satire)

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIDecember 2, 2010

Brian Lara: Contemplating IPL.
Brian Lara: Contemplating IPL.Christopher Lee/Getty Images

The BCCI created some kind of legal precedent by forcing former Justice BN Srikrishna—the court appointed arbitrator for the legal battle between BCCI and Kings XI—to seek recusal from his engagement.

The legal luminary represented the Wadia group over 35 years ago when he was a young lawyer. Ness Wadia is a stakeholder in Kings XI Punjab.

It is quite extraordinary—if you ever wondered how far the letter of the law can be stretched, ponder no further: The correct answer is 35.

Thank you, Shashank Manohar. You have answered one of the paradoxes of the modern age. The solution is on par with 42. I doff my cap to you!

(P.S: I’m no lawyer! So am I prejudiced?)

In another momentous twist to the IPL saga, the Rajasthan Royals are now free to participate in the player auctions scheduled to be held in early January next year.

The staying of the Royal’s termination for six weeks until the matter is resolved by arbitration leaves the BCCI no choice but to accept the franchisee’s right to retain its players and bid in the auction.

It’s business as usual until the law intervenes, but not if the administrative body has its way.

They have decided to challenge the stay; their lawyers will appear to that effect this Friday, the third of December.

The dictatorial policies of the BCCI have been slammed once again, this time by Royal Challengers Bangalore owner, Vijay Mallya.

“I feel sad IPL rules r made without a consultative process. Players n Franchisees r silent sufferers- Arguing with BCCI is Capital punishment” tweeted the United Breweries honcho.

The whispers are rising to a crescendo.

Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are set to suffer at the hands of the IPL franchises. The IPL is business and commercial considerations trump.

The rumour mills are agog that the two stalwarts will be purchased only if they drop their base price to Rs. 46 lakh (USD 100,000) from their current fixed Rs 92 lakh (USD 200,000).

"Let’s get one thing clear. Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble’s IPL performance is pretty decent. So one can expect that Sourav who is an all-rounder can be bought for a decent price considering his base price of Rs 92 lakh. Also for KKR, buying him at a lower price from auction is a far more viable option than going for retention where he would cost USD 1.8 million," voiced a senior KKR official.

"Dravid and Laxman do not feature in the T20 or ODI teams. So the only place where they play is IPL. The first edition had a lot of novelty factor. But now the teams are more focussed on curtailing the budget and getting their economics right so now way one can expect a franchise to spend Rs 1 crore on Dravid or Laxman as they won’t be automatic choices in the playing XI," another franchise official said.

The BCCI’s decision to retain the duo in Grade I is to be lauded, in this context. 

Ganguly has scored 1031 runs at an average of 25.13 with seven 50s. Dravid has accumulated 898 runs for an average of 24.27 with four 50s. Ganguly’s golden run in the 2010 edition has overshadowed his questionable performances in 2008 and 2009.

Dravid is once again lost in the background of the hype and hoopla that surrounds his more celebrated ex-colleague.

You have to hand it to the gutsy former captain, Ganguly. He intends to keep fit playing Ranji Trophy for Bengal. The competitive juices flowing in one’s veins when on the maiden beats mere, cold practice in the nets.

Bengal are currently placed fifth in their group. They could do with the ex-captain’s experience, inspiration and cool head under pressure.

Brian Lara, the former West Indian No. 4 and an all-time great, is considering playing in the IPL. (Aren’t they all?)

He has just come off a stint in Zimbabwe’s Twenty/20 competition and hopes to remain match-fit in time for the competition.

Lara was previously associated with the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) but partook in a solitary season.


Note: The statistics in the earlier version were picked up from http://www.iplt20.com, which were hopelessly out of date.

Quote of the day: 
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. – Aesop