Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Abandoning cricket

After so much of discussions that went about Ganguly’s inclusion in Indian cricket team, it is time for me to opine. I am not going to talk for or against Ganguly, I am going to talk about the sport CRICKET itself. Having followed cricket keenly for more than two decades, it is time for me to propose the idea of abandoning the sport in this nation. The following are my findings that lead me to this idea:

  • Ganguly’s chapter has reopened the partisan politics in India. West Bengal was trying to identify from the Rest of India. It has led India from a nation to nations of nations. When there is TADA or POTA against the individuals, should not there be a legislation that disrupts the unity of nation?
  • There is so much of money involved in this game that politicians find another competitive arena to swindle money.
  • The player’s endorsements are embarrassingly high that sport players do not get motivated to win the prize money.
  • Apart from the endorsements there is so much of betting rackets involving the players who trivialize the spirit of competition in this sport.

The advantages that would come from abandoning this sport are:

  • There would be no BCCI and the concept of 1 vote for an individual would be restored in this democratic nation. Not anyone would have forgotten the BCCI election in which Jagmohan Dalmiya casted 4 votes.
  • Bureaucrats can have their peaceful retirement life. Raghavan or TS Krishnamurthy need not bother about bettings or elections anymore.
  • Dance girls can simply concentrate on their bar activities. Of all the problems that accrue in their bars, one crucial problem of betting can now be eliminated.
  • Zee TV can channelise their energy in other areas and they do not go to court anymore before advent of any match played in India.
  • External affairs ministry need not issue statements anymore whenever India goes to play against Pakistan.
  • To voice our moral policing politicians, children get too much addicted to this sport that they start deifying cricketers. May be whenever cricket or cricketers are shown, a marquee displaying “Watching cricket consumes lot of time which may ruin one’s career” can be avoided.


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