Archive for July 17, 2008

BCCI’s, ICL Diktat affecting its own players

When one tries and practices a faulty policy like monopolistic & restrictive trade practice it starts affecting your own objectives, competency and achievements. Nothing exemplifies this better that the BCC’s latest stance of not allowing its upcoming spinner Piyush Chawla of gaining valuable experience of playing in the English county Championship. The BCCI justifies its stance based on a ridiculous observation that Hampshire (the county that wanted to rope in Chawla as its foreign signing in place of the superstar Shane Bond) is one of the counties represented by ICL players.

With 15 of the 18 counties represented by ICL players, this means that the future representation of Indian players into the county circuit looks bleak. This is a great loss because the county circuit has played a major role in helping players resurrect their careers, classic example being Zaheer Khan & RP Singh who used the county circuit to emerge as better bowlers and in turn more competent servants of the national Indian cricket team.

Hope that the BCCI reverts its position before they find themselves ostracized in the world of cricket. After all for how long can you use your money power to get away with murder


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