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    April 07, 2007

    Present tense for players, future tense for the BCCI

    The BCCI's announcements today after a high-level meeting indicate just one thing - they've just bowed to public pressure. Endorsements and the coach did not result in India's pathetic show at the World Cup. Yet, that is the impression the BCCI has given.

    The entire exercise has resulted in player contracts being scrapped, payment-for-performance, controls on endorsements etc. as far as players are concerned. These are with immediate effect. The actual endemic problems in the BCCI and Indian cricket which I touched upon last week will not be sorted out. Efforts 'will be made' to ensure greater participation of international cricketers in domestic tournaments. State associations 'will be directed' to prepare good wickets for domestic cricket. All state associations 'will start academies' by 2009. Under-19 tours to Australia, South Africa, New Zealand etc. 'will be undertaken'. A gag order on players (writing columns, talking exclusively to the media) makes the situation worse. The players are not children, neither is the BCCI their guardian. The BCCI needs to first act upon its officials who routinely speak on and off the record.

    There is no timeframe mentioned for most of what the BCCI's units need to do. Yet players' contractual commitments are voided with immediate effect. This is as knee-jerk a reaction as you can get. The only good decision is appointing a bowling and fielding coach for the tour of Bangladesh.

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