Did The Bcci Pull Strings

Did The BCCI Pull Strings To Cancel T20 World Cup For IPL?

Earlier this week, the BCCI officially confirmed all of the rumours that had been circulating around. The 2020 IPL will take place in the United Arab Emirates but it will not commence from September 26 as some claimed.

The IPL will run from Sep 19 and finish on Nov 8 in order to give the Indian team sufficient time to travel to Australia and quarantine for 14 days before their tour down under begins. The 2020 IPL can take place during September and November because the ICC and Cricket Australia postponed the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to take place in October.

Cricket players are a tad disappointed that the T20 World Cup will not take place this year but they are more than happy to see the IPL rescheduled during this slot as all of the IPL players will pocket a nice chunk of cash which they would have missed out on had the IPL been cancelled this year.

Shoaib Akhtar Accuses BCCI of Manipulation

Pakistan will not be happy with the way things played out because their cricketers are not allowed to play in the IPL due to the on-going tensions between Pakistan and India. This literally means that Pakistani cricketers will be out of work.

Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is not impressed with the way things have played out and he has alleged that the BCCI has used its financial clout once again to get its way. Akhtar believes that the BCCI pulled strings to put pressure on the ICC and Cricket Australia to not proceed with the T20 World Cup as the BCCI had to free up this cricketing window to reschedule the 2020 IPL.

The IPL is the cash cow for the BCCI and each edition brings in nearly $500 million in revenues. If the T20 World Cup was not cancelled, it would have been very difficult for the BCCI to have rescheduled the IPL this year because the tournament has to take place during a 45 to 50 day window when there is little to no international cricketing being played so that overseas players can participate in the IPL.

Akhtar said the BCCI not only used its power to cancel the T20 World Cup but did the same thing and got the Asia Cup cancelled as well. Pakistan was supposed to host the 2020 Asia Cup in September but it was cancelled earlier this month. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ lashed out at the BCCI and said that it was clear that they wanted to protect the IPL at all costs which is why they pulled strings behind the scenes to cancel the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.

Is There Any Truth To Akhtar’s Allegations?

Shoaib Akhtar was a fiery character on the field and always had a mouthful for the batsmen apart from his express pace. His character hasn’t changed as he often has these outbursts on social media and has a go at India and Indian cricketers.

It is quite easy to dismiss his allegations against the BCCI as baseless and label it as an emotional outburst. However, if we take out the emotion and have a closer look at his remarks – is there a shred of truth amongst his remarks or is everything baseless?

There is no doubt that the BCCI is the biggest hitter in world cricket because it brings in nearly 80 percent of revenue that the ICC generates. With so much financial clout, the BCCI has used its position to pressure other ICC members as well as the ICC in the past and get its way.

Akhtar might have a valid point when he says that the Asia Cup was postponed because the BCCI wasn’t very keen to be a part of it. If you take out India from the Asia Cup, you lose a billion fans and the tournament becomes rather lacklustre. If the Asia Cup had to take place as per plan in September, it would have made it difficult for the IPL to be scheduled from Sep 19. If the BCCI backed the Asia Cup, it would have taken place and hence Akhtar is correct in this regard.

However, to say that the BCCI managed to get its way and get the ICC and Cricket Australia to concede the T20 World Cup in favour of the IPL is a bit of a stretch. This is because Australia is battling COVID-19 cases and Victoria has been forced to go into another lockdown. This is something that the BCCI cannot be held responsible for.

It looks like the BCCI has pulled strings but also a number of other factors also fell into place to make the 2020 IPL possible!

United Arab Emirates Hosting 2020 Ipl

United Arab Emirates To Play Host To 2020 IPL In September

The BCCI has been waiting patiently for the ICC and Cricket Australia to confirm whether the T20 World Cup will take place in Australia in October. Since the 2020 IPL was postponed due to the corona virus pandemic, the BCCI has been looking for a potential window for the IPL to take place before the end of 2020 and the T20 World Cup cancellation would give them a perfect window of opportunity.

T20 World Cup Unofficially Cancelled

Just when it looked like Australia was in the process of getting things under control, the state of Victoria had to go back into a 6-week lockdown mode due to another outbreak of COVID. This news does not favour the chances of the T20 World Cup taking place as there are too many hurdles to address in too short a time. The BCCI certainly thinks so which is why they are now prepared to host the 2020 IPL from September to November.

It looks like it is just a matter of time before the ICC and Cricket Australia confirm the cancellation of the T20 World Cup.

Asia Cup Officially Cancelled

While we wait for official confirmation of the T20 World Cup cancellation, it is clear that the Asia Cup is cancelled. The Asia Cup was scheduled to take place in September but the BCCI was keen to scrap the tournament and get the IPL underway.

Given the financial clout that the BCCI has, all of the other Asian countries except Pakistan were okay with the cancellation of the Asia Cup. The BCCI stands to lose nearly 4 thousand crore rupees if the IPL does not take place this year.

The players will not be upset with the cancellation of the T20 World Cup or the Asia Cup as they know they will make a lot more money if they play in a full edition of the IPL.

2020 IPL Will Take Place In The UAE

The BCCI has been looking at alternative venues and has received proposals from South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to host the IPL.

The BCCI has decided to go with the UAE who will now play host to the 2020 IPL. As many as three venues are expected to be used for the IPL and these include Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Reports suggest that the 2020 IPL will start on September 26 and finish on November 8.

All IPL games will take place in front of empty seats as the IPL governing body will not put the players or the fans at risk. While the IPL will lose out on the gate for each match, they will be okay to absorb the loss and the bulk of the revenue is made from television.

This is not the first time that the UAE will be playing host to the IPL as the first leg of the 2014 IPL took place in the UAE. This time around, the entire 2020 IPL will be held in the UAE.

Indian Players Will Arrive Early

Indian cricketers have been confined to their homes for over 3 months as India continues to battle COVID-19. It looks highly unlikely that they will be able to have a proper training camp in India anytime soon.

The BCCI has worked out arrangements with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that will allow Indian players to arrive nearly a month before the 2020 IPL starts. They will have full access to all training facilities in the UAE and go through a month long camp. A total of 35 Indian players are expected to show up to this training camp.

Overseas players will join the camp later as countries like England and the West Indies are currently playing international cricket and will be match ready. IPL franchises have a lot of work to do in the lead up to the tournament as they will have to take care of travel arrangements, hotel arrangements and player safety.

UAE Confident Of Hosting Successful IPL

Abu Dhabi welcomed the UFC – which is the number one MMA promotion in the world in July and helped them pull off three back to back fight cards in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPL is a much bigger tournament but the UAE is confident of hosting a successful IPL because has the infrastructure and resources to pull of this month and a half long mega event. The biggest concern for players will not be logistics or safety but being able to play in super-hot conditions. We will have to wait for a schedule of matches to be released.

Implementing New Laws

India Urged To Pass Legislation To Criminalize Match Fixing

While cricket has surged in popularity with the introduction of T20 cricket over a decade ago and brought in millions of new fans around the world, a large number of fans have stopped watching the game. Die-hard cricket fans have been jaded by the numerous match fixing scandals that have rocked the cricketing world in the last two decades.

India continues to be a major hub for match fixing in cricket and T20 cricket tends to be one of the main targets. The Indian Premier League (IPL), Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) have all been tainted with match fixing allegations over the years.

The BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has its hands full with multiple investigations to pursue plus the task of keeping a vigilant eye on current market situations as India gets ready to resume international cricketing action.

ICC ACU Head Urges For Law To Be Passed Quickly

The ICC’s ACU has been under even more pressure in recent years as there are multiple cases and leads that Steve Richardson and his team have to pursue. Richardson has called on the Indian government to help clean up match fixing in cricket by passing new legislation that will make match fixing a criminal offense.

Current laws in India ban any form of sports betting and anyone found placing an illegal bet can be arrested but if someone is found offering a bribe to a player to fix a match, they cannot be arrested as there is no clear law regarding match fixing.

This grey area is one of the reasons why match fixers are so bold to approach players and fix matches. Richardson believes that with India set to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and the ICC World Cup in 2023, there is going to be a lot of attempts at match fixing in the coming years. He wants the Indian government to not only pass a law to criminalize match fixing but to pass the law quickly so that the authorities have more power to arrest and prosecute match fixers.

Richardson said that he had information concerning around 10 individuals who were serial match fixers in India but wasn’t too keen on sharing that information with the Indian authorities as he was aware the authorities cannot do much given the current legal framework concerning match fixing.

BCCI ACU Making A Difference

The BCCI ACU also supported the stance of Richardson and said the laws would significantly help them reduce corruption in the sport. ACU head Ajit Singh knows fully well how the TNPL and KPL have been tarnished due to the match fixing scandals that rocked these state T20 leagues.

When the ACU was commissioned to oversee these state T20 leagues, the match fixing scandals were highlighted. Indian cricket has seen match fixing at the highest level as witnessed by the suspension of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals franchises.

Singh believes at this point in time the ACU is working backwards looking to find match fixers and investigate suspicious games. A law criminalizing match fixing will help to discourage match fixers from openly going after players and make the work of the ACU a lot easier.

Notorious match fixer Ravinder Dandiwal was arrested in early July in Punjab. The BCCI ACU was the one who highlighted Dandiwal’s suspicious activities after he streamed a local T20 match in Mumbai and promoted it as a game played in Sri Lanka. This was a big catch for the ACU as they had been after Dandiwal since 2016.

ICC Can Work With Indian Government

Sri Lanka is currently the only cricketing nation to have put in place a law that criminalizes match fixing. The ICC and the Sri Lankan government worked together to come up with this law which hands out a 10 year prison sentence to match fixers. The law has been in place since 2019.

India being the biggest and most powerful cricketing nation in the world needs to take a leaf out of Sri Lanka’s book and pass a similar law. If India does listen to the pleas of the ICC and BCCI ACU, it will encourage other cricket playing nations to follow suit and protect the game of cricket from the evil of match fixing.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has strong political contacts to the current government but has so far not made it a priority to tackle match fixing during his term.


Star India Says Color Commentary Must Be Added To Broadcast

Cricket in India is the most popular sport by a country mile and the lack of cricket during the last three months has caused a lot of disappointment throughout the nation. As of now, it is hard to predict when Indian cricket will resume due to the on-going lockdown.

Star India Shares Ideas To Improve Viewership

Star India which is the host broadcaster for all cricket in India is airing a number of old games to keep the fans happy. Star India signed a 5 year host broadcaster deal in 2018 with the BCCI for $944 million to be the exclusive broadcaster for all cricket media rights in the country.

They are also the exclusive broadcaster of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and signed a deal in 2017 for $2.55 billion. The lack of cricketing action has not only hurt the BCCI’s finances but also Star India. 

Star & Disney India Chairman Uday Shankar is keen to see things get back to normal. He recently shared his views of how the BCCI could further boost the popularity of the game in India and get more viewers engaged and entertained.

Color Commentary Team Must Be Added              

Shankar said that he believes that Indian cricket fans don’t have as much fun as they should watching cricket games on TV because the television commentary team don’t do enough to keep viewers entertained between balls. He felt that cricket commentary was too ‘sanitised’ and that the sport is not being described in a lively and entertaining manner.

If you have been a fan of Indian cricket for the last two decades, you can certainly relate to what Shankar is saying. Some of the commentators who have covered Indian cricket in the past like Sir Geoffrey Boycott, the late Tony Greig and Henry Blofeld used to add that element of spice to the broadcast which caused fans to tune in and listen diligently between deliveries.

The two Indian commentators who added some of that flavour to the broadcast was Ravi Shastri who is now the head coach of the Indian cricket team and Navjot Singh Sidhu who is now into politics.

The current commentary team mostly consists of ex-players such as Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, M Kartik and Aakash Chopra who are experts in describing the action. Harsha Bhogle has been part of the commentary panel for decades and tries to fill in as a color commentator but his humour is dry and the cricketing public have gone accustomed to hearing him for years.

Commentary Team Controlled By BCCI

One of the reasons why Indian cricket commentary is so dry is because the commentators are paid by the BCCI and are asked to follow a strict set of rules when it comes to the dos and don’ts of what they can say. Sanjay Manjrekar found out the hard way in early 2020 when the BCCI decided not to renew his contract because he criticized Ravindra Jadeja on air.

The same thing happened to Harsha Bhogle a few years ago because he directed some criticism towards MS Dhoni. The BCCI brought back Bhogle after keeping him out of the commentary team for a couple of years. Commentators are keen to toe the line as the BCCI pays them very well.

Shankar was quick to point out that whoever decides to do color commentary must stay within the lines of the BCCI. He said commentators need to remember that they are not journalists as the two roles and responsibilities were very different.

More Room For Emotions To Be Broadcast

Shankar also feels that there is too much control being imposed on what can and cannot be broadcasted to the viewers. He would ideally like viewers to get live broadcasts uninterrupted from the stump mike, helmet cam and what happens on the field as this will bring in a lot more engagement with the fans.

However, players have been caught on camera swearing and sledging which is why broadcasters are given restricted access to broadcast what the players are saying out on the pitch.               

Shankar believes that it is important for the viewers to connect with the players and share in the emotion of the sport. He thinks it is better for all players to express themselves on the cricket field instead of hiding their emotion. His suggestion is to get players to go through a house training protocol that will help them know where to draw the line.

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Are The Selectors Biased When Selecting U-19 Players?

The only celebrities that are bigger than Bollywood celebrities in India are cricket players. They not only hog the limelight but also make loads of money once they start playing for India and get a good IPL contract.

This is one of the reasons why parents all over India encourage their sons and now even their daughters to play cricket when it comes to choosing a post. However, with over 1.3 billion people in the land, making it through the district level and representing your state team can be quite a daunting task.

A recent debate has surged on social media as to whether nepotism is prevalent in Indian cricket. For many years there have been suggestions that nepotism is present in the Bollywood industry as certain families who have a famous last name appear to get preferential treatment. Their children seem to get more opportunities to break into the movie industry solely based on their last name rather than their acting abilities.

There is a large section of Indian cricket fans who feel that nepotism is prevalent in Indian cricket as well, as the selectors are showing favoritism to young cricketers who have a famous last name.

Fans Question The Selection Of Arjun Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar changed the face of Indian cricket as he dominated the sport for nearly two decades. He was, and could still probably be, the best batsman that India produced and was worshipped by Indian cricket fans when he was at his peak.

Tendulkar, who was fondly referred to as the Master Blaster, has since retired and generally makes an appearance when the IPL is being played as he mentors the Mumbai Indians franchise. Sachin’s son Arjun Tendulkar also decided to play cricket but unlike his father who was a pure batsmen who could bowl a few overs, Arjun is primarily a bowler who can also bat.

Arjun Tendulkar’s selection for Mumbai has now come under close scrutiny, probably because there is no cricket action happening and journalists have the time to do some in-depth research. A debate has raged on social media over the past few days claiming that Arjun Tendulkar should not have been selected over other individuals who had performed and had better stats that Tendulkar.

The debate mentioned a young man named Pranav Dhanwade who was the son of an auto-rickshaw driver. Dhanwade created quite a few records when he notched up a massive 1009 runs in 327 balls as he took the opposition apart. However, he was ignored by the selectors even after such an impressive knock. On the other hand, Arjun, who does not have any outstanding stats, was selected.

This has given rise to the nepotism debate as fans have claimed that Arjun is getting special treatment because he the son of Sachin Tendulkar.

Aakash Chopra Plays Down Nepotism Angle

Former cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra played down the nepotism factor claiming that fans shouldn’t get emotional just by looking at a few stats but should take the big picture into consideration.

Chopra said that Arjun Tendulkar had a lot more exposure at international level as he has bowled to the England cricket team in the nets on a few occasions. He also bowled in the nets to the Indian women’s cricket team when they were preparing for the 2017 World Cup final.

Chopra pointed out that while Pranav Dhanwade’s knock on paper did look very impressive; it came against a very weak bowling attack. Chopra also pointed out that if nepotism was so prevalent in India cricket, then Rohan Gavaskar would have played a lot more for India as he was the son of the great Sunil Gavaskar.

Nepotism Angle Will Not Go Away Soon

Chopra makes a good argument but most Indian fans are not buying it as they realize how powerful the BCCI is and that big names do carry weight in the selection committee. There are some fans who believe that players like Rohan Gavaskar and Stuart Binny should not have represented India for as many games as they did but they got a few more chances because of their last name and what their father’s did for Indian cricket.

It will be interesting to see if Arjun Tendulkar secures as IPL contract in the next couple of years as that will certain ignite the nepotism debate in Indian cricket even further.

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Indian Army Loses 20 Soldiers Along Chinese Border

India will have to deal with some significant challenges in the coming weeks as the nation looks to deal with coming out of lockdown mode and getting its economy up and running. The latest setback that India has to deal with is cross-border tensions with China.

India claims that Chinese troops tried to infiltrate and cross the border into the disputed Himalayan territory of Galwan which resulted in the Indian army taking action. China disputes the story and claims that Indian soldiers deliberately crossed over into China and they took action.

While we have to speculate which version is actually true, the end result is that over 20 Indian soldiers have lost their lives in the escalation. The clash between the two most populous nations on earth took place on June 15 and has caused a lot of political tensions which have created a backlash in India as there have been calls to boycott all Chinese products.

IPL To Hold Meeting To Discuss Chinese Sponsorships

There are a number of major Chinese corporations who have strong ties to India. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a prime example as the lucrative T20 tournament in India is sponsored by Vivo which is a mobile manufacturer based out of China. Vivo bagged IPL sponsorship rights in 2015 for a period of 2 years and successfully renewed its sponsorship contract in 2017 for another 5 years.

Vivo ended up paying $341 million for its sponsorship rights which allows them to promote the IPL as Vivo IPL. The IPL is also supported by Paytm – which is a popular mobile wallet in India and the official Umpires Partner in the IPL. One of the main stakeholders of Paytm is Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

The IPL Governing Council will meet this week to review some of these Chinese sponsorships but has not disclosed if it will be focusing on any one particular sponsorship. BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal did clarify that they were not going to be reviewing these contracts with an emotional chip on their shoulder. The review will be done in a rational and analytical manner.

Dhumal pointed out that the IPL had signed a contract with Vivo and would look to honor those terms and conditions. He said it was imperative to understand the difference between backing a Chinese company to support China and doing business with a Chinese company to benefit India.

The Treasurer said that the Vivo sponsorship brought in millions of dollars to the IPL and the Indian economy as well since 42 percent of the revenue was paid in taxes to the Indian government. Dhumal said that the IPL committee will keep their options open when it comes to renewing sponsorship lights in 2022.

BCCI Does Not Want To Lose More Money In 2020

The BCCI is currently doing its best to see if it can stage the 2020 IPL before the end of the year. The BCCI is waiting on the ICC to confirm if the T20 World Cup will take place as per schedule in October in Australia. The ICC is expected to make a final decision on the matter in July.

If the T20 World Cup does take place, it is going to be difficult for the BCCI to cram a full IPL season in before the end of 2020. If this be the case, the BCCI could end up losing about $500 million which will be a massive loss in revenue. The BCCI will not want to do anything in light of the India-China tensions to opt out of its contract with Vivo, lose out on money and face legal fees and challenges.

Indian Fans Disown Chinese Products

While the BCCI contemplates reviewing Chinese sponsorship deals in the IPL, Indian fans have already made their mind. Some fans have taken to social media to show their anger at China for killing 20 Indian soldiers. A large number of people have agreed to stop buying Chinese products while some have gone to the extent of throwing out their Chinese television sets and mobile phones in anger.

Given the fact that the IPL is sponsored by a Chinese company, it will be interesting to see if Indian fans are willing to boycott the IPL if Vivo continues to be its main sponsor!

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BCCI Decides To Cancel Tours To Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe

Last week, it appeared that Indian cricket would finally get back to normal as the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SCB) confirmed that it had worked out a deal with the BCCI to proceed with a bilateral series where India would tour Sri Lanka for a 3 match T20 and 3 match ODI series.

The series was expected to be the first both cricketing nations since all forms of cricket was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The short series was supposed to be ideal for both teams as they slowly get back into international cricket action. The confirmation was encouraging as millions of cricket fans were excited to see the men in blue back in action again.

India was supposed to tour Sri Lanka and then do a short tour of Zimbabwe and the two tours would be in June and July.

However, the BCCI has now confirmed that India will not tour both Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe due to the on-going concerns of COVID-19. There is no specific reason as to why the BCCI has suddenly decided to take a U-turn on the decision but it does not come entirely as a surprise as both the BCCI and the SCB had made it clear that the bilateral series would only take place provided both boards got the backing of their respective governments.

COVID-19 Threat Still Too Serious For India To Play

It is interesting to note that the BCCI is looking to resume international cricketing action with an overseas tour rather than a home tour. This is mainly because India is now in crisis mode having unenviably secured the fourth spot on the list of countries with the most number of COVID-19 restrictions. These numbers have exploded even though multiple states throughout India continue to be in different stages of lockdown.

The central government has not found a solution to curb the spread of the coronavirus and hence it appears that it is highly unlikely in the next two months that India would be in a position to host any cricket matches in India – be it international or domestic.

The only solution was to look overseas and get the Indian team to travel to resume cricketing action. However, it appears that this solution will also have to be placed on the back-burner as a BCCI official has confirmed that they have been in talks with the Central Government and the general consensus is that it is not safe for overseas travel at this point in time.

Focus Must Be On Training Rather Than Playing    

The recent discussions and decision to cancel tours to India and Sri Lanka have made it very obvious to the BCCI that they cannot rush the process and it is quite likely that Indian cricket will take another two or three months to resume.

The BCCI will have to focus on getting clearance first from the government on allowing players to resume training. The BCCI has made preparations to hold a training camp to get the Indian squad fit again in both mental and physical aspects. However, the camp cannot commence until the government gives the BCCI the green light.

Coaching staff of the Indian cricket team have mapped out a 6-8 week training program where they will use progressive overload to build the players up to test match fitness. Given the fact that it could take a minimum of 6 weeks before they are ready to play, it is highly likely that we are not going to see the Indian cricket team in action until late August or early September.

BCCI Unable To Make Decision On IPL Timeframe

The BCCI will not be impressed with the recent decision made by the ICC to postpone making a decision on the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in October in Australia. The ICC was expected to confirm last week whether the T20 World Cup would proceed as per plan or be postponed but the committee decided to wait till July before making a final decision. The BCCI is eager to host the IPL this year and was anticipating hosting the tournament in place of the T20 World Cup – if it gets cancelled. The BCCI will have to wait patiently till July to know whether it can fit the IPL in during 2020 or have to cancel the season!


Darren Sammy States There is Racial Abuse In The IPL

Former West Indian captain Darren Sammy, who led the Windies to an ICC T20 World Cup Championships wins in 2012 and 2016, has not played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a number of years. Sammy has also not represented the West Indies for a number of years which has led many to believe that he has retired but that isn’t true.

Sammy recently caused a stir in the international cricket community when he alleged that he and some of his other mates who were black or dark skinned had been racially abused when they were playing in the IPL. Sammy claims that he and Sri Lankan team mate T Perera were subjected to racial abuse during their time with the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise.

Sammy took to Twitter to claim that in the past when his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates used to call him ‘Kalu’, he used to think that it meant they were referring to him as a strong stallion. He claims that this was the term he and T Perera were regularly labelled with and they took it in a positive sense thinking it was a compliment.

However, he recently found out that the real meaning for the word ‘Kalu’ is ‘black’. Sammy admitted that he was very upset when he found out the actual meaning of the word, and only then realized that he and T Perera were being subjected to racial abuse by teammates who he thought were complimenting him. Sammy played for the Sunrisers during 2013 and 2014.

Sammy Calls On ICC To Take More Steps To Stop Racial Abuse

The murder of African American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota has recently caused widespread protests all across the United States as well as in other parts of the world. The 46 year old was killed by police brutality on the streets while it was filmed by locals who begged the police to not knee-choke Floyd to death.

Top professional athletes across multiple sporting leagues including the NBA, NFL and MMA communities condemned the killing of George Floyd and campaigned for ‘Black Lives Matter’.

While the global spotlight is now on the Black Lives Matter movement, Darren Sammy has felt that this is an appropriate time to highlight some of the injustices he and T Perera have suffered in the IPL. Sammy has stopped short of naming those players who used the alleged derogatory term towards him and T Perera.

Sammy tweeted “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens everyday #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u”

ICC and IPL Yet To Respond To Racial Abuse Remarks

The ICC and the IPL are yet to respond to the allegations made by Darren Sammy. Sammy has also called on the cricketing community to step up and show support towards the Black Lives Matter movement but there hasn’t been a great response. The main show of support came from Sammy’s fellow West Indian team mates such as all-rounder Andre Russell and Universe Boss Chris Gayle.

Gayle also tweeted claiming that he travels the world extensively to play cricket and was constantly subjected to racism because he is black. Gayle pointed out that racism wasn’t restricted to football but was also very evident in the world of cricket. He finished off by saying that because he was black, he often got the end of the stick. The IPL prides itself on the being the biggest and richest domestic T20 cricketing league in the world. Players from multiple countries come to the IPL every year and play alongside Indian players in a month and a half long tournament. As such, the IPL could play a role in educating players about cultural differences and ethical behaviour.


Is The BCCI Pushing For T20 World Cup Cancellation?

The BCCI has a reputation for being a bully and forcing other member nations to give in to its demands because the BCCI has the biggest financial clout amongst all other boards and can put tremendous pressure on the International Cricket Council (ICC). There has been reporting circulating for the last month that the BCCI is pushing for the T20 World Cup in October in Australia to be replaced with the 2020 IPL.

Now former Australian captain Ian Chappell has come out and implied that he believes the BCCI will get their way and have the IPL replace the T20 World Cup. Chappell who is known for speaking his mind said that the chances of the T20 World Cup now taking place are between a Buckley’s and none.

For our Indian fans, this is an Aussie expression for saying there is just about no chance for the T20 World Cup to take place in October. The question we need to ask though is whether the BCCI is pushing for the T20 World Cup cancellation or is the BCCI pushing for the IPL to take place if the T20 World Cup is cancelled?

This is an important distinction to make but Chappell has not made this distinction in his comments. Mark Taylor, the former Aussie skipper did provide more insight into these questions and put things across from a logical perspective.

Mark Taylor Believes T20 World Cup Not Feasible Now

While Australia would dearly like to host the T20 World Cup in October and bring in big revenues for Cricket Australia and for the economy as a whole, it is a difficult proposition. Taylor said that the current COVID-19 situation made it difficult for 15 teams to travel down under during October-November.

The T20 World Cup will require a total of 45 T20 games to take place across 7 different venues which makes it a huge challenge for Cricket Australia and the players from 15 different nations considering the on-going coronavirus pandemic. If Cricket Australia should push ahead with the World Cup, it will most likely be without the fans in attendance which is another blow as Cricket Australia would lose out on ticket sales.

There has been no official confirmation from the ICC or Cricket Australia on the status of the T20 World Cup but there are rumours floating around that it will be postponed to 2021. Given the fact that it is going to be difficult for the ICC and Cricket Australia to proceed with the T20 World Cup, the BCCI could make the most of this opportunity.

BCCI Could Host 2020 IPL In October

Mark Taylor believes what could work in the BCCI’s favour is that a T20 World Cup cancelation will leave a gap in the cricket calendar for the IPL to take place. This will then take the onus from cricketing nations and give each player the opportunity to decide whether they want to travel to India in October to play the IPL.

The BCCI would be comfortable with this scenario as given the enormous amount of money involved, the majority of overseas players should be willing to tour India in October to play the 2020 IPL.

The BCCI for now has not said anything about rescheduling the IPL but BCCI Treasurer refused to be drawn into the argument by saying that it was up to the Australian government and Cricket Australia to decide whether they were proceeding with the T20 World Cup in October or not.

Can The BCCI Pull Off 2020 IPL In October?

Things are slowly but surely going in the right direction in India as the government is easing out of lockdown mode. The Indian team is looking to get back into action with a 3 match T20 tour of Sri Lanka which could most likely take place at the end of June or in early July.

The BCCI will be happy to get in a full IPL in October and the biggest challenge will be the weather. October is when the monsoon season is in full swing and it will be up to the BCCI to work out reserve days in case bad weather plays spoilsport. We will have to wait a few more weeks to know if Australia is pulling the plug on the T20 World Cup!

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Ganguly Is Best Suited For New ICC Chairman Role

Sourav Ganguly was elected as the new BCCI President in late 2019 and was given a term of just 9 months to in the leadership role. This was very little time for Ganguly to make a significant difference in Indian cricket but the ex-Indian captain shrugged of the limited time frame saying ‘whatever will happen will happen’.

The global coronavirus pandemic brought international cricket to a standstill in March 2020 and it appeared that Ganguly’s 9 month frame would become even more limited as there was very little the BCCI could do with the complete lockdown. However, what looked like a dull and dead period for Sourav Ganguly is blossoming into something that is a lot bigger and brighter.

There is now talk that Sourav Ganguly could very well be the next ICC Chairman as many stakeholders believe that he is the ideal man for the job. If and when Sourav Ganguly does take over this covetous position, it would not only bode well for the BCCI and Indian cricket but also take him to an even more lofty position within the international cricketing fraternity.

Shashank Manohar Decides To Step Down

Shashank Manohar, who is the current ICC Chairman has decided not to go in for a third term even though the ICC Constitution would allow him to keep his position. Manohar initially took on the role of ICC Chairman in 2016 and was the first ICC independent chairman. Prior to Manohar stepping into the position, it was occupied by the former BCCI President N Srinivasan who took on that position without being elected.

Shashank Manohar decided to stand for a second term in 2018 and remained unopposed as no other candidate filed a nomination to stand for ICC Chairman. His second term comes to an end in July and he will step down after the ICC annual conference. There were rumours floating around that the ICC would extend his term for a few months as international cricket continues to deal with the consequences of COVID-19. However, that will not happen as there are plans going on behind the scenes to get a new candidate elected as ICC Chairman.

Cricket South Africa Back Sourav Ganguly

Many believed that Colin Graves, the chairman of the English Cricket Board would end up replacing Shashank Manohar whenever he stepped down. That seems unlikely now as the BCCI decided to test the waters and check with Full Members whether they would back Sourav Ganguly for the new ICC Chairman role and the general consensus is that they have his back.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been one of the Full Members who wasted no time in confirming they support for Sourav Ganguly. Top members of the BCCI including secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal and Ganguly held discussions last week with CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and acting CEO Jacques Faul.

Smith who played with Ganguly has backed him 100 percent for the ICC Chairman role and said that Ganguly has the credibility and the strong leadership skills to fill that role. CSA and the BCCI are currently in talks to reschedule their cancelled T20 and ODI series in March. The plan is to have South Africa tour India in August for a short tour of 3 T20 games. However, nothing is finalized as of now as both countries are still dealing with the coronavirus.

What Is The Process To Become ICC Chairman 

The ICC is yet to confirm what is the official process to become ICC Chairman. What we do know for now is that to be eligible for nomination, a candidate must have been an ICC Director or must currently be an ICC Director. An ICC Director is an individual who attends ICC Board meeting as representative of their country.

The ICC Board has a total of 15 directors and each director is allowed to nominate one candidate. Those candidates who end up getting two or more votes become eligible to contest the elections for ICC Chairman.

Given how powerful the BCCI is and how much sway it has with the other cricketing boards, be no surprise if the BCCI uses its long arm of influence to get the majority of ICC Directors if not all ICC directors to vote for Sourav Ganguly and make him the next ICC Chairman in July 2020.