The BCCI Shows Just How Mean It Can Be

Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI secretary, on why Indians won’t be allowed to play in Australia’s Big Bash tournament:

Shetty said only the BCCI has the discretion to allow players to compete in the overseas tournaments and no one, including the new India coach Duncan Fletcher, can have any say in this.

“It’s a policy decision of the board, the new coach has nothing to do with that, and when there is a domestic tournament on I don’t think we will release any players. Sri Lanka now has some league in the month of July and it doesn’t clash with our domestic tournament. So whoever wants to go with prior permission can participate.”

You have to feel sorry for other boards (namely England, who have to face the IPL during its county cricket season). The only way this situation will end in their favor is if they can figure out a way to rejuvenate Indian hockey and soccer.

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2 thoughts on “The BCCI Shows Just How Mean It Can Be

  1. Russ says:

    Actually, I’d argue the way out of this will be via the courts. The ICC disbars players from playing without NOCs unless they’ve been retired for a couple of years. But it is only a matter of time until a player decides to play in the Big Bash (or other league) in preference to a low paying domestic f/c competition, and challenges the legal status of that clause. For a lot of players, the difference in incomes is not slight, and the record of sports administrators restricting labour movement is pretty poor.

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Right, Russ, but you’re pushing for a radically new cricket world, driven less by international rivalries than clubs and leagues. Perhaps you’re right, and that is the better forward for better games (i.e., fewer “low-status” matches), but it doesn’t inspire much fan loyalty in me.

      Then again, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Test match between the Chennai Super Kings and KKR. (Or would I?)

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