Saturday, February 28, 2009

ICL: The Untouchable of Indian Cricket?

There was a time when lower cast people were regarded as untouchable by the higher cast people in Hindu religion in India. Those days have already gone, but now it seems that Indian cricket has found a new ‘untouchable’ in the form of Indian Cricket League (ICL). I think, you do not need any introduction for the ongoing battle between BCCI and ICL. ICL is looking to gain its official status as a cricket tournament from ICC, the governing body of world cricket, while BCCI is not leaving any stone unturned to keep ICL’s revel status intact in the cricket world. Recently, ICL fans saw some optimism regarding its official recognition when ICC, BCCI and ICL officials met in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss about the issues concerning ICL’s official status, but nothing fruitful came out from the meeting. BCCI now seems to be very confident to bring back those rules of untouchable in Indian cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar and Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik were due to take part in an exhibition match in New Zealand between two teams consisting of local cricketers. However, BCCI has pulled out Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik from the match because the exhibition match features an ‘untouchable’ player, Hamish Marshall, who took part last year’s ICL tournament. BCCI officials could not just let it go as they would not have been able to see their higher cast players playing alongside a lower cast untouchable.

I just wish BCCI would never say that players from those cities where ICL matches were held would not be able to represent India in international cricket!


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