New Delhi : Ramchandra Guha, who resigned from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) in June last year, has said that Virat Kohli’s influence on most matters concerning administration of the sport in the country has become overbearing.
Calling almost everyone “pygmies before Kohli” in a column for The Telegraph, Guha wrote, “The BCCI’s officials worshipped him (Kohli) even more than the Indian cabinet worships (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi. They deferred to him absolutely, even in matters that were not within the Indian captain’s ken.”
During his four-month tenure in the CoA, Guha saw “the reach and range of Kohli’s dominating self”.
The BCCI, said Guha, sought Kohli’s consent even for matters related to the Future Tours Programme and the National Cricket Academy.
Guha, a historian and a writer, attributed the above as one of the reasons for India’s moderate-to-no success out of the subcontinent.
“The BCCI men always used the captain’s first name in referring to him, perhaps to indicate intimacy; however, in concrete behavioural terms, the proximity was more akin to that between servant and master,” he wrote in the column.
“To the corruption and cronyism that has so long bedevilled Indian cricket has recently been added a third ailment: the superstar syndrome. Kohli is a great player, a great leader, but in the absence of institutional checks and balances, his team will never achieve the greatness both he and his fans desire.”
Guha added that the present CoA, which is headed by Vinod Rai and includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, is “intimidated” by Kohli’s growing stature.
He wrote that Rai had “surrendered his liberties and his independence when confronted by the force of Kohli’s personality” and added that selection of Ravi Shastri as coach after the Anil Kumble saga was because the entire CoA was “intimidated by the Indian captain into subordinating the institution to the individual”. That’s why Shastri, a man with “no coaching experience”, was selected over seasoned coaches like Tom Moody.
“The unwisdom of that decision was masked when India played at home, against weak opposition. But it can no longer be concealed,” he wrote.
Guha further added that the 2-0 scoreline in the ongoing Test series in South Africa was because the board and selectors were not “wiser or braver” when the proposal to cancel the practice match was forwarded by the team management.
Everything will change after Mosque shootings: BCB President
Christchurch: Bangladesh`s cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting in the country, which now had to accept that sporting events were likely to have been changed forever.
A lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country`s worst mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as “a terrorist attack”.
The Bangladesh team were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, on the eve of the third test at the nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began.
The test match, which had been scheduled to start on Saturday, was cancelled after the shooting and Bangladesh`s tour abandoned.
Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said that the attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours.
“We`ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in the future,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday. “If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go otherwise not.”
“I can say that everything will change after this incident.”
Pakistan`s Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also suggested that the world governing body, the International Cricket Council, should possibly take a harder line against hosting matches in New Zealand.
“ICC should take note & perhaps suspend int cricket in NZ after this act of terrorism?” Mazari said on Twitter.
Pakistan has been unable to host matches at home since 2009 when gunmen attacked the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team to a match in Lahore. Six of the players from the visiting team were wounded and eight locals killed.
New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi and instead played their games in the United Arab Emirates.
India to host Under-17 women’s World Cup in 2020
Mumbai: India will host the Under-17 women’s World Cup in 2020, FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced.
“We are delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020,” Infantino said after the FIFA Council meeting in Miami.
This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the Under-17 men’s World Cup in 2017.
Confirming the development, All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said: “We are thankful to FIFA for giving the right to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup. This will raise the profile of women’s football in the country.
“We have been giving a lot of emphasis on the development of women’s football in the country. So we bid for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup and now we have got it.”
The bidding process for the tournament started last year. France had also expressed interest to host the tournament.
Das said the venues to host the mega event will be decided soon.
“We have four-five venues in mind and we will finalise them soon.”
As the host country, India automatically qualifies for the 16-team showpiece event. The six continental qualifying tournaments are yet to begin.
Besides the Under-17 Women’s WC, India had also expressed interest in hosting the Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
The Under-17 women’s tournament began in 2008, when New Zealand hosted it. Spain are the current champions and they had beaten Mexico 2-1 in the final in Uruguay last year. The tournament in India will be the seventh edition.
Asian teams are the most successful teams in the tournament, with North Korea (2008 and 2016) having won it twice while Japan (2014) and South Korea (2010) had won it once each.
France (2012) and Spain (2018) are the only non-Asian teams to have won the tournament.
AIFF asks East Bengal to clear stance on Super Cup and ISL participation
Mumbai: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has written to East Bengal over the confusion prevailing over their participation in the Super Cup and potential entry to the Indian Super League (ISL), Goal can confirm.
Kushal Das, General Secretary of the AIFF, wrote a letter on Friday addressing East Bengal President Pranab Dasgupta.
East Bengal had given contradicting statements regarding their participation in the Super Cup. Four of the eight board members of East Bengal are from Quess while the rest are long-serving club members.
The Quess officials had stated that the Red and Golds will not participate in the Super Cup in the press release put out while the other faction had said they will participate.
Kushal Das has now asked the club to clear the air over the contradicting stands. In the same mail, Das has also asked the club whether they want to play the ISL next season.
It is worth noting that this is the first time the AIFF is contacting the long-serving club officials over the same since Quess’ investment in the club. It was reported earlier that Quess officials had met with Kushal Das and Reliance Sports CEO Sundar Raman twice to discuss the entry into ISL.
Now, the AIFF has sought an answer from the other group in the East Bengal board as well. The Indian FA now wants a reply within five days from the club.
There is a clear lack of understanding among the two factions in the East Bengal board and it remains to be seen what stand they finally adopt over the two pressing issues.