Kotla fiasco: A national shame

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Monday, December 28, 2009, 11:56 [IST]
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Kotla fiasco: A national shame

For the second time in my memory ---a one-day match was abandoned in India because the pitch was found to be sub-standard.

There is only one word that can describe--- shameful.

India now have the dubious distinction of being involved in the only two abandoned One-day Internationals because of bad playing conditions. The last time a game was called off in similar circumstances in India was more than 12 years ago in Indore.

The Kotla fiasco is not only shame for Indian cricket. It is indeed a national shame.

It's a shame that in spite of being in India's capital city, the venue has only third rated facility for international cricket.

It is to be noted that New Delhi is a city which is getting ready the 2011 World Cup matches and Common Wealth Games.

If Delhi cannot manage a one day Cricket match, how can it manage Commonwealth Games running for several days ?

The fifth and the final ODI between India and Sri Lanka played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium was abandoned due to dangerous playing conditions.

Shame on BCCI and DDCA, for having brought this disrepute to India. It is a blot on India that rich and powerful boards like the BCCI and DDCA are making pitches like these?

Why should it? The BCCI, after all, is not concerned about cricket, about the game, about results, about performances.

It shows that BCCI is keen to make money even if conditions are unsafe for players. ICC has to penalise BCCI heavily since this has happened twice in India.

In the last BCCI meeting there was only single agenda. It was about about their salary hike. The members of India's senior and junior national selection committees received a hefty pay hike from BCCI. The curator's salary was also doubled from Rs 20,000 a month to Rs 40,000

It doesn't matter if they (BCCI) receive the cash, but what matters is the way you utilize that money.

Unfortunately cricket in India is run as a money spinner venture for a few business tycoons rather than as a sport. That would explain the substandard pitches and substandard arrangements for the paying public.

The pitch committee of BCCI might have resigned. This won't be sufficient because the next group of people could also be equally foolish and uncompetitive with producing world class pitches.

Current BCCI officials should be sacked and Government should  take over it. Government can do much better job than these pseudos.

Appoint only former cricketers as administrators. Let us see what happens then!

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