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    April 09, 2006

    Hat-trick for the BCCI

    In the span of five months, there have now been three matches in India significantly affected by rain. First, a one-dayer against South Africa, then a test against Sri Lanka and now a one-dayer against England.

    As was the case at Chennai/Madras, today's game was scheduled at Guwahati in Assam when the rains were scheduled to arrive. If this isn't poor planning, what is? While the spectators' violence must not be condoned, it is obvious that the spectators at the ground need to be kept informed about whether there will be a game or not. More critically, those who had valid tickets, deserve their money back! Surely the BCCI has covered for such situations through insurance, so why not give spectators some cheer by returning their money.

    Despite the billions of dollars in revenue for the BCCI, spectators seem to be the last priority of the administration. This reminds me of the Scott Adams cartoon (can't find it online) where Dilbert's manager announces that although he'd mentioned in his previous briefing that the company considered employees to be the #1 asset, he was wrong and that employees were at #9. Dilbert asks if he could wonder about what was at #8. His boss tells him "Carbon paper". The Indian spectator is in a similar situation.

    Ashok Malik points out in his Cricinfo Magazine column about what the BCCI could do with all this money.

    Imagine if you were one of those Indian & English players eager to finally make your mark on the series. How would you feel?

    As an aside, why should the BCCI spend Rs. 50 crore on developing other sports?

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    As an aside, why should the BCCI spend Rs. 50 crore on developing other sports?

    Because sport is not just about economics.

    By Anonymous Pratyush (10-Apr-2006, 10:41:00 AM)  

    I wonder if those 'other sports' include women's cricket.

    By Anonymous Geoff (10-Apr-2006, 3:35:00 PM)  

    pratyush: This is the B_C_C_I. I can't see why they should go and support sports other than cricket when there is _so_ much left to be done for cricket - transparency in administration, stadiums, infrastructure, improving domestic cricket's standing, removing issues with age abuse in under-xx cricket etc. etc. etc.

    geoff: Of course not. Wimmin's cricket doesn't make money, so obviously the BCCI won't bother :P It is a totally different matter that 3000 m track races don't make money either.

    By Blogger Jagadish (11-Apr-2006, 12:52:00 PM)  

    We disagree on this then. No issues. :)

    By Anonymous Pratyush (12-Apr-2006, 1:29:00 AM)  


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