Cricket Bytes: Of Saurav Ganguly, Spot-Fixing Verdicts and World Cup Contenders
Saurav Ganguly is going, going, gone…
The Bengali player’s hopes of participating in IPL4 were dealt a death-blow by objections raised by Royal Challengers Bangalore,Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. Team Kochi had evinced interest in the former Indian captain but could sign him on only if none of the other franchisees demurred. The iconic batsman remained unsold in the 2011 auction.
Although Ganguly fans—particularly Kolkattans—will be disappointed, bending over backwards to accommodate someone is not the way to run a premier tournament. Accusations of ad-hoc decision making were leveled against Lalit Modi, the ex-IPL honcho. Modifying the rules to suit two interested parties is not in the best interest of the IPL. The IPL Governing Council is managing a business, not a charity.
Besides, if the Kochi team really needed the ex-skipper on their side, they ought to have purchased him outright when they had the opportunity. The chasing after Ganguly now smacks of ill-preparation. Verily, a case of putting the cart before the horse.
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service has summoned Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt,Mohammad Asif ,Mohammad Aamer and their agent Mazhar Majeed on charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat. Home fans have been sympathetic to Mohammad Aamer because of his youth.
The ICC anti-corruption tribunal,who announce their verdict on the matter this Saturday,and the British prosecution service might not be so lenient.
The tender years of the accused do not make the offense a less serious one.
Kapil Dev extended his support to the Indian cricket team seeking to secure their second World Cup victory. The all-time great who led India to it’s first and only ODI World Cup win placed a rider that calling upon the team to do it for Sachin Tendulkar is demeaning the team and their efforts.
The former skipper should know. He led by example in the 1983 campaign. A unit of bits–and-pieces players toppled the great West Indian side, led by Clive Lloyd, in a low-scoring final.
Should Mohammad Aamer be let off with a rap on his knuckles for his alleged misdemeanour because of his youth?
It would have made it three consecutive triumphs for the Windies.
West Indies and Australia are the only two teams in ODI history to win the trophy multiple times. Australia have won it four times—1987,1999,2003 and 2007. India (1983), Pakistan (1992) and Sri Lanka (1996) are the other former champions.
Can Australia justify their No. 1 ODI ranking?
India, South Africa, England and Sri Lanka lurk as spoilers. Pakistan, as always, are unpredictable. They are dark horses this time around.
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