in deep existential crisis..

A Journal by Sara

Treasure – Indian Cricket League Or Indian Premiere League ?


I vividly remember, while in my school, I participated in the scouts’ camp for a 3-day stay at the outskirts of city. It was fun & frolic to be out of home confines for three good days and the camp had interesting activities through day & night. One such activity was the treasure hunt, which added to my interest and set me off to a hunt. The burning desire to hunt down the gold made me look through every dust & dirt until I find any clue. While on hunt, I thought this is such an innovative game invented by my scout mistress and had all praise for her in my heart. Little did I know, it is the most known game across earth from rags-to-riches, voters-to-politicians, producer-to-consumer, although the form and conception of treasure seems to vary accordingly.

Switching to the treasure hunts in the Democratic India, every day every individual sets off for a hunt with the desire to earn gold. Few engage in business, few buy lottery tickets, few gamble and it varies as many. But if anyone successfully finds the treasure out, he would still feel unhappy, as normally he would, setting his eye on next, which should be even better in quantity and quality.

This case-scenario should be applicable to every most celebrated person in India engaged in different careers. Be it a singer, actor, rock star, musician, sport star, politician, etc. everyone would try to find more fortune as trade to their professional value. That’s the way life is and that’s the way successful people are. But few can’t just stop their success in a single profession, and would like to extend to every other means of source which has the potential to rake in as much fortune as possible.

Given this way, we in India, have our own variety of career, where money runs you over with a force. In fact, once you were touched upon by fame, any sort of profession improves its looks and turns back facing you as prettiest of all. If I should quote the best of all it should be a) film star b) politician.

While a film star is largely confined to films, media & marketing, in contrast, a politician’s mind sets up his own workshop which has the potential of harvesting gold through barren lands. There had been a lot of testament to this date suggesting it. And one, which always rings in my mind with a surprise, that is BCCI, a board of control for cricket in India.

Few would have thought of in their wildest dreams, that a sport in India could earn millions of dollars and ideally be a warehouse for profit-making. It’s our own agricultural minister, who saw a golden treasure hidden tactfully and with all his acumen has gotten into the helm of affairs and is now reaping the benefits out of it as a President of Cricket in India.

Even the most successful entrepreneurs will envy if they see people at the helm of affairs in Board of Control for Cricket in India, a treasure of treasures being hunt down successfully.  It takes a lot to throw out Jagmohan Dalmiya, a born tactician out of the business and there is not many available outside than our politicians. It was an interesting move by our Agriculture Minister, yes, to run cricket in India, while our very own farmers in Andhra Pradesh and other states are committing suicide unable to feed themselves.

While the flood washes down the crop every year in India, our Agriculture Minister, is only worried that the match has been delayed due to rain and the floodgate to cash in advertising rights is yet to open. When television rights are sold for millions, India is yet to produce a genuine speedster. When millions of rupees flow through advertising, Domestic Circuit players are yet waiting in the counters to reimburse their travel expenses spent last year. While the best of players are breaking down with injuries, BCCI looks for that extra leap year day to fit in their one off ODI in Ireland or Sweden. With crores of money raining in the wallet, still our International grounds remains flooded with a slight drizzle.

Mumbai, being the Home of cricket for India, is yet a horrible place to watch an international match with no concern for human comfort taken care in the stadium. If you sit there for a quarter of an hour, you will be suffocated to death and would be stung by pain all over the body, let alone watching the cricket match with interest. After all, the stadium is built for stuffing in as many humans as possible, and not for serving the best of comfort to enjoy cricket. There is not a single stadium in the powerhouse of cricket which meets the international standards, let alone eclipsing it with all these millions of dollars.

The domestic players are often left high and dry waiting ever for their opportunities to figure in the national team, as the Daddy’s Army yet have their advertising contracts left, which denies any threat to replace them.

Television contracts after being sold to millions of dollar, one cannot catch up with high quality action of cricket, with two balls per over being eaten up by advertisements. You cannot watch that subtle moment, where the player hugs his teammate after the victory or when player erupts in joy after reaching a milestone, as they are often labeled an insignificant action by the broadcasters and would be better served with a load of rubbish advertisements where celebrities swing their hips to sell any crap.

One is left with pent-up anger watching these gory sights, yet looking for something optimistic to turn out, thanks to the craze for the game in India. In spite of running only cricket, as it is assumed, the administrators of BCCI never felt the urge to recruit a coach for India in the past 10 months which is justified by an administrator who once answered in an interview that do we really need a coach!

While our agriculture reformist sworn in as Head of Indian cricket; he swore that the first priority in his agenda would be to setup an own website for BCCI, an organization worth 7000 million INR. The saying is yet to bear fruit, as they are still advertising to find a web development company to create one! If you have doubt, please visit here, and join in the poll conducted. If there is a trivia in any of the interviews you attend in the future, to name an organization worth billions of rupees, yet have its email ID in the Gmail and VSNL domain, you have a dead easy answer.

Zee network owner, Chandra, came up with his brand of cricket called ICL, not as a competitor to BCCI, but to promote the game in India and bring more talents to the game. He has a broader vision, and he hired international players to play in his league, which also helps domestic players grow by playing alongside them. This was a definitely a high action of cricket, and as expected it was seen as a fierce competition by BCCI to their own monopoly in the revenue generating sport and it didn’t need a second alarm for them to interrupt.

BCCI was quick on its feet, to announce that this is an unofficial version and with its financial clout threatened the boards of other countries to not support it. As ICL shrugged off the opposition and ramped up their efforts to launch the league soon, BCCI did every possible move to stop them with banning stadia, players – current and former, who participates in the league.

At last awakened to the thought that, this could ideally be another revenue-generating-machine and they announced their own version of the league called IPL and brought in the entire pool of current players who play international cricket. Even stooped themselves to the stature, whereby announcing it is ready to lift off the ban only on foreign players contracted by ICL, if they are ready to join IPL. How begging it could get than this? Now, they are busy promoting their league IPL and have set a base amount for TV rights as $ 60 million for the current year.

It’s hard to fathom, how BCCI is represented as an autonomous body to govern cricket in India, where anyone else doesn’t have rights to be involved in the administration of the game. Caught in the middle are players who are allured equally between the amounts of money they are offered in domestic league and the long-term goal of earning India cap fading out gradually.

Among millions of treasure hunts carried out today in pursuit of fortunes, have had mixed results where few hunting it down and few being haunt down. But these politicians, the smart of all, have this knack of finding treasures hidden out anywhere beyond seven mountains and seas, as did our Union Minister for Agriculture found it in BCCI, a treasure in disguise.

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November 29, 2007 - Posted by | Cricket, Sports

1 Comment »

  1. i prefer , ICL ,

    Comment by Entertainment News | December 8, 2007 | Reply


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