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    June 10, 2005

    BCCI gives up on TV channel, Wright gives up on the BCCI

    Last month, there were reports of a proposal from some BCCI administrators to launch a TV channel in order to ensure that the board did not face an embarassing situation, as it did last year, related to the telecast rights for matches played in India.

    One month later, the idea has apparently been shot down, with the BCCI treasurer ruling out the idea, saying that there is no move in that direction, for now at least.

    Is this perhaps related to the fact that Lalit Modi, who had made the original proposal for a TV channel along with IS Bindra, is in serious trouble within the BCCI for apparently failing to reveal or respond to allegations that he had been convicted in the US for posession of drugs and assault in 1985? I think the BCCI is entirely justified in requiring that its administrators reveal if they've been crooks or not. Once you reveal you are, they're perfectly ok to adopt you as one of their own, isn't it? The other interesting bit about Lalit Modi is that he heads up Modi Entertainment Network, a TV channel in India. No wonder he was so enthusiastic about the BCCI starting up its own channel. Obviously he'd be the only administrator with a semblance of an idea of how to run one. He could then convert it into his personal fiefdom.

    They really ought to re-register the board as the BCCCI: Board of Crooks Controlling Cricket in India.

    John Wright, who had complained about the BCCI's selection procedure after he quit as India's coach, speaks passionately about his coaching stint, what he liked about it, what he didnt like, his evaluation of various key players etc. in an interview with Wisden Asia Cricket.

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