05/09/2008

BCCI and CSL on a collision course.

Recently there were speculations that the Indian cricket establishment and the Sri Lankan cricket establishment failed to see eye-to-eye. The speculation in itself was surprising, as just recently BCCI helped CSL avoid a financial crisis.
Nevertheless, there were early indicators that all was not well between the two. For instance, CSL supported ECB’s attempt to expel Zimbabwe from the ICC, Ranatunga followed this up by taking pot shots at the Indian batsmen and a CSL official further queered the pitch claiming they have not received any compensation from IPL for releasing their players.
Naturally, there was an immediate and far more telling response from the BCCI. Their President skipped a scheduled meeting of all the World Cup organizers citing work among other reasons. The blogosphere immediately speculated that Ranatunga has had his comeuppance and will now have to kowtow to the BCCI.
However, The Hindustan Times reports “Sri Lanka's cricket tour of England will go ahead as planned next year despite the dates clashing with a lucrative Indian Twenty20 tournament”, which means that the CSL and Ranatunga in particular have decided to take on  the BCCI.
This is sure to draw an angry response from the BCCI and if Ranatunga persists, it may end in jeopardizing the conduct of the World Cup.
Of course, this may end up as a storm in a teacup for two reasons. One, the ICC is bullish on BCCI and if the push comes to the shove, CSL will lose out. Two, Ranatunga himself is on unsure grounds. Reports suggest that he is in conflict with Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister and may anytime fall from grace.

3 Comments:

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05/09/2008, 11:12  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

This is one... and finally infighting within the ranks... aligning with the ECB ha. But they did support zimbabwe on that vote.

06/09/2008, 16:21  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Scorpi,

Ranatunga is pissing me off.:)

06/09/2008, 16:43  

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