For once you are right BCCI

For once the BCCI has taken the right stand in opposing the WADA drug testing mandate by the ICC. No one denies that we need to live in a drug free world. That sports has to be competed on a level footing and not on aided performance enhancement drugs.

However it is too much to put someone on a constant, oh no ! permanent surveillance 24/7, 365 days a year. You are right Srinivasan, its an infringement on the civil liberties of an individual and an unconstitutional act. The “whereabouts” clause, invades the privacy of an individual.

Our sportsman may be professional sportsman but they are not the slaves of the administration. Its time the sports administrators treated sportsman as a human being and not a robot, spinning the fortune wheel.

No one is against drug testing and cheating in international sport. Random dope tests are welcome and needs to be enforced strictly. Random tests even during non playing days is also acceptable but to expect a sports person to be on permanent surveillance is not acceptable. More over in a vast country like ours and with such a huge fan following and commercial interests, how can a sportsman predict where he will be each day for the next 90 days. Its impracticable. The penalty to be levied in the event of missing out a drug test is too huge and disproportionate to the acts of ommission.

May be there are 500+ sports federation the world over who have signed this agreement, may be all other cricketing nations have agreed to this unreasonable demand, but BCCI has done the right thing to oppose this draconian and unreasonable rule. We dont need to fear anyone. Let not BCCI cow down in front of ICC. BCCI has done the right thing in backing its players and protecting the interests of its players.

For once let India challenge and lead the rest of the world.

Jai Ho ………Pakistan

“Jai Ho”….”Chak De” was coined for the Indian Cricket team. Alas what a coup it turned out to be. Pakistan swept India of its feet. A country torn into civil war, living in fear and constant threat to life, no visitors and not much of cricketting activity, shunned from the public domain and world cricket, rose from the ashes to conquer the cricketing world. A shame for India and that too at the hands of its bete noir Pakistan.

Indian team has much to blame itself. No doubt it has the talent and the competency to win the World cup, but Dhoni and his men approached the world cup over confident, arrogant and strode over the cricketing field as lords of cricket. Certainly they were a jaded lot after all those mindless games of IPL (god knows how many really watched all those games).

Some one needs to remind BCCI that the Indian team is made of human beings and not robots. 165 days of cricket in 260 days is ridiculous and can tire any supreme athlete. Even assuming our Indian cricketers are super men, mentally they would be jaded, especially coming close to the heels of the IPL2 (one week distance).

BCCI & Lalit Modi are not interested in National pride and interests. All they are interested is in filling their coffers with money.

Jeetega……Jeetega…….Kohn Jeetega.

Jeetega…Jeetega…. Kohn Jeetega….. certainly not you, Sharukh, not John Buchanan…but Dada Ganguly. 5 losses in 7 matches and one win thanks to rain and the notorious Duckworth Lewis tells it all.
Its a glorious living example of how “core competency”. Shahruk should stick to his core competence and not dabble around with sports that he is not the master. He should learn to be more humble and heed to the advise of Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne and not to the likes of John Buchanan who has ulterior motives behind his “multiple captaincy” theory. Oh! boy what a disaster his theory has proved to be. And by the way how has the captain and the new found hero Brendon Mcculum fared. Less than 100 runs in 7 outings. Leadership is all about leading from the front, about credibility and passion. On all 3 fronts neither Shahrukh, John or Brendon have scored.
KKR lies at the bottom of the table and maybe Shahrukh’s advt. campaign got it wrong …Jeetega… Jeetega. It sulks, stop that advertisement Shahrukh. You certainly are not winning.

From clown in reel life to real life – Sharukh Khan

Sharukh started his entertainment career as a clown in a circus in reel life and is more or less likely to end up as a clown in real life too.
No doubt he has invested substantial sums of money in the Kolkotta Knight Riders team, but that doesn’t mean that he knows cricket better than the likes of Little Master – Sunny Gavaskar and Dada Ganguly. He has more detractors than friends than ever before.

Sunil Gavaskar is a legend in world cricket. For long he was the highest run getter, highest centurion and highest catcher in the world cricket till another Little Master Sachin Tendulkar over shadowed him. Gavaskar was the one who put India on the Cricket world map and made India count. Who can forget his contest with the likes of Dennis Lillee, Jef Thomson, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcom Marshall, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan.

Dada Ganguly along with Sachin Tendulkar was the most potent opening pair in world cricket in One day matches. He is one of the most successful captains of Indian cricket and also taught us to stand up and take on the mighty. Who can forget our famous overseas win against England and the famed series win against Steve Waugh.

Does Sharukh think he is above these two pillars of Indian cricket and rough shod over them. His only weapon is a failed first class cricketer John Buchanan. He may claim responsibility for the Aussie’s success. Any one, even if Sharukh was the coach the Aussies would have won, with the likes of Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh and others in their side.

Time again it has been proved that experience counts. Lets not deride the greats like Gavaskar and Dada based on a coach’s advise. What’s this theory of multiple captains ?. What better example can we have than our neighbouring country of Pakistan which has multiple captains steering the country. It is a road to disaster. “Why not have multiple Directors, Sharukh?” Are they trying to challenge the fundamentals of management, viz. “unity of command”.

The sooner he realizes its better, otherwise he is bound to lead KKR to disaster and make a clown of himself not just before world cricket but before the whole world. Come on Sharukh, this is real life and not reel life. Wake up………… You are better off, dancing with the girls on screen than dancing with cricketers on the field. Stick to your core competence and dont mess up with cricket.

Sharukh – “You have won more detractors than friends”

Dear Sharukh,

I was a great fan of you till the other day. We dont know whether you are driven by passion towards cricket or by the position of being the Team owner of Kolkotta Knight Riders. You are wandering into unchartered territory. You are no expert in cricket and are trying to take on the likes of Gavaskar and Ganguly. Neither is Buchanan, a failed first class cricketer whose only achievement is that he was the coach of the Australian Cricket team. Any one would have led Australia to victory if they had the talents like Glen Magrath, Shane Warn, Bret Lee, Steve Waugh and others.

In this years edition of IPL, you have lost the battle even before it has begin. Where was the need for the controversy of captaincy. You yourself has acknowledged that Ganguly was the best Indian captain. This theory of mulitple captaincy and the explanations given by Buchanan is laughable and is a sure recipe for disaster. The two of you not only challenging Gavaskar and Ganguly’s skills but are also trying to challenge the basic principles of Management viz. “Unity of Command”. Look whats happening in our neighbouring state of Pakistan. There are multiple captains and leaders and where is the country leading to… a complete disaster.

You are best at Entertainment. No doubt you have invested substantially into the KKR team but then leave it to time tested cricket experts to run the show. I am afraid you will turn the IPL into a Circus and make a Clown yourself.