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    July 07, 2010

    The BCCI's professionalism and the ICC's Presidential hunt

    The new-found professionalism in the BCCI didn't last too long, did it?

    Last month, it withdrew the Indian team from the Asian Games by declaring that it would be impossible to tweak around with schedules drawn up in advance.

    A couple of weeks ago, it announced that Ahmedabad, Kanpur and Mumbai would host tests against New Zealand. Obviously there was a huge communication gap between the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) because the MCA announced 3 days later that the Wankhede wouldn't be ready for international cricket.

    Why exactly did the BCCI not check with its member association on the status of the ground & pitch? Of course, it is likely that the BCCI will clarify that Brabourne was scheduled to host the game, and not the Wankhede, thereby saving face.

    Only ten days after being picked for the test series in Sri Lanka, Zaheer Khan ruled himself out because of a shoulder injury. Is this the same shoulder injury that resulted in him missing a lot of ODIs in 2009 after falling on his shoulder during the 2009 IPL season?

    Presumably the selectors asked Zaheer he was fit before announcing his inclusion in the squad. So, what changed in these 10 days? Did he get specialist opinion advising him against undertaking the tour? Is he going to soon announce his retirement from tests to focus on the 2011 World Cup?

    On 1 July, Sharad Pawar took over the ICC Presidency. Now, I don't know what the division of responsibilities is between the President and the Chief Executive (currently Haroon Lorgat) of the ICC. I've been unable to find anything on the ICC's website.

    In a post in June 2007, after the ICC announced that he would be the President from July 2010, I called him 'Superman Sharad Power' since he would be juggling multiple responsibilities, including that of Union Minister, BCCI President and ICC President. Obviously he did give up the BCCI Presidency, but he continues to be the MCA President.

    His stint as ICC President started off on a rocky note when John Howard's nomination as the next ICC President was not approved. There are enough comments about the rights and wrongs of the decision, but here are some issues which are beyond debate.Purely on the basis of the facts above, and the reality that the ICC Presidency doesn't seem to have any real significant role, John Howard should have been given the opportunity to stuff up big-time!

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