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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sting-Stunned-Selectors

So, the much delayed sting has finally happened. I had been wondering, and waiting for this for quite some time now - after all if our much active news channels have time for fringe actors like Aman Verma, then cricket surely deserved more glory and fame. And, who better to deliver it than India's no.1 news channel, Aaj Tak. Presenting the findings of India's (maybe, the world's) first CRICKET-STING !!

Who got stung?
Selectors Ranjib Biswal, Venkatpathy Raju, Bhupinder Singh Sr. and Indian Team Manger for the 2007 World Cup, Sanjay Jagdale and BCCI secretary, Niranjan Shah.

Sting-Findings
- Tendulkar doesn't like Rahul Dravid, because he wanted to be captain himself. Provided little support to the captain during the World Cup campaign.
- Ganguly wanted to be captain too, and he had his own camp of juniors rooting for him. Maybe also some seniors, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan are obvious names which pop up. Dravid may have managed to confuse Sehwag and wean away his loyalty after his nationally famous selection, at Dravid's behest.
- Yuvraj was a law unto himself. Hardly surprising, Yuvraj always reminded me of another Chandigarh mate of his Manu Sharma. Yup, of the Jessica Lal infamy. No good reason there, just that I once did see Yuvraj behaving pathetically outside a Delhi hotel.

Poor Dravid! It's a wonder India managed to beat Bermuda (and by a world record margin at that). Dravid surely needs to be sympathised with - so what if he couldn't manage the seniors or the juniors or the coach or anyone else, poor guy has been put through hell by Sachin & Saurav. Wasn't it enough that Saurav made India's most consistent batsman keep wickets for that long?

- Greg Chappell wasn't on talking terms with Sachin and Saurav. They didn't talk for as many as 5 days at a stretch. Wonder what that claim from Greg about getting Saurav back into the team was all about.

- Niranjan Shah revealed the over-riding importance of sponsors, and how they influenced the process so that their 'man' could be in.

Disgusting. And, the BCCI must have know about all these for long, and they don't seem to be bothered: Dravid is still captain, Greg has been offered a role at NCA, Saurav and Sachin have been just rested and Yuvraj is still around. So, i guess, all these doesn't matter to the BCCI.

Time for the Honourable Supreme Court to butt in into cricket too, i think. What say?

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Wiki definition for a Sting Operation:
In law enforcement, a sting operation is an operation designed to catch a person committing a crime by means of deception/ A typical sting will have a law-enforcement officer or cooperative member of the public play a role as criminal partner or potential victim and go along with a suspect's actions to gather evidence of the suspect's wrongdoing

1 comment:

Citizen Shaker said...

I sort of agree..didn't dravid give his best to ganguly..and didn't sachin resign last beause azhar and who all did not support him (instead were supposedly fixing matches)...

i again have got nothing but sympathies for the captain...if all this crap is right..but usually there is no smoke without fire