I’m trying not to link to stories on Cricinfo, since everybody reads the site already (and no doubt compulsively refreshes the page through the day). But Gideon Haigh’s pox-on-all-houses hit job the other day deserves a hyperlink and much more (awards! Pledges to reform! Parades! Insurgent candidacies! Sappy montages, etc.). A small excerpt:
In India, this situation has further entrenched itself in the 21st century because so many chief ministers or their proxies now run state associations, coveting membership of the BCCI, not out of an abiding commitment to cricket’s betterment but as a political credential: step forward some plump prize butterball turkeys in Sharad Pawar, Arun Jaitley, Farooq Abdullah, Narendra Modi and Laloo Prasad Yadav, to name but a few. Not that there isn’t something to be said for having a can-do politician in one’s corner, but it’s also an admission of a lack of faith in the fairness and efficiency of bureaucratic processes. And is this what India would wish to be known for?