So what was the most demented thing that happened to Indian cricket today?
Was it the quiet backdoor return of the old graded system of payment, favoured by our fatcat cricketers that was dumped amidst public hue and cry after the World Cup debacle?
Was it the appointment of the sprightly 73 year old, hero to Sharad Pawar, Chandu “Gulabrao” Borde as India’s interim manager/motivator, a man who hails from an era of Wes Hall and Roy Gilchrist and not Andrew Hall and Adam Gilchrist? Prone to forget names of cricketers (“for the better part of his tenure as a selector used to call Sourav Ganguly as Gaurav Ganguly“), Borde is in many ways the ideal man to take over Indian cricket now since he has more than a little touch of amnesia and is thus able to “forget”—something die-hard Indian fans like us somehow cannot. Of course there are some sceptics who have expressed their displeasure thusly: “â€œHow can he manage a team when he himself needs one person to manage him?”
In this context, unconfirmed reports that Venkatesh Prasad’s new one-year extended contract has an additional job responsibility of male ayah in the fine print assumes special significance.
But no, something even more demented has happened which Times of India has been so good as to inform as about.
Kapil Dev and Kiran More may have escaped a show cause notice but the BCCI Working Committee decided to spank them for joining the Essel group-funded Indian Cricket League (ICL), which also got a resounding thumbs down in Tuesday’s meeting.
There is something essentially wrong (though I don’t know what exactly it is) when a former coach and a chief selector are made to bend down over the BCCI treasurer’s lap and get spanked on their rump while they are made to sing “Essel World main rahoonga main, ghar naheen jayoonga main”.
No matter how ethically suspect slapping the bottoms of ex-cricketers may be, I am sure that as each resounding spank bounced off Kiran More’s butt , there were peels of joyous laughter that shook the BCCI offices.
And the man laughing? None other than Saurav sorry Gaurav Ganguly.