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featurecricket4 months ago

What lessons the BCCI - and other boards - can learn from the IPL 2021 fiasco

Since even before the tournament began, IPL 2021 felt like a ticking time bomb and in many ways it was unsurprising when the competition met with a fatal accident in the form of a major COVID outbreak. What’s done is done, but what can boards learn from the catastrophe that was IPL 2021?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket6 months ago

IPL 2021 Schedule Announcement: A detailed low down

The IPL Governing Council, on Sunday, announced the schedule for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. Keeping the safety and bubble in mind, they have decided to go ahead with a cluster-caravan format this year, with no teams playing at their respective home venues.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket9 months ago

Not pandemic, it is BCCI’s incompetence that has held domestic cricket hostage

‘We call ourselves the most competent and the biggest cricket board in the world, don’t we?,’ starts a renowned cricketer, audibly frustrated at the turn of things. ‘Surely this is a mess but it is baffling at their open lack of concern.’
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket10 months ago

No more excuses — Virat Kohli’s rant has exposed BCCI’s incompetency

In the early hours of Thursday, on All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the ever-so-captivating Tazz worked what arguably was the most real and best ‘eff the management’ shoot since CM Punk’s pipebomb in 2011. Little did we know that it would get eclipsed 12 hours later by the most unlikely candidate.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket10 months ago

10-6 - The ideological deadlock

As with many decisions taken by the International Cricket Council lately, the election process to elect the next chairman is veering towards ludicrous. The process is unfounded, full of tragic logic that carries a sense of off-field bearing that is enough to leave you in doldrums.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket10 months ago

The Bumrah-shaped arc in Natarajan’s path to glory in Australia

The rise of T Natarajan from the relative outback of Salem to the Indian Cricketing milieu is a tale of marginalised success - straight out of the pages of a romantic underdog book. There is a lot to celebrate, but the biggest storyline is actually about following an already-established arc.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year ago

BCCI spot on when it comes to developing U19 players through IPL, claims Monty Panesar

For the longest time in Indian cricket, the pathway system had been on a singular plane where one impressive performance in the U19 World Cup would line you up for a senior debut. However, with the addition of the Indian Premier League, the pathway system has undergone a massive metamorphosis.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year ago

EXCLUSIVE | BCCI ‘yet to take any decision’ on India-England series but playing in India ‘most likely’

With the IPL set to go ahead in the United Arab Emirates, starting with the encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the BCCI have devoted all their energy to make the tournament a massive success. However, the plan for the England-India series is yet to be discussed in detail.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year ago

The long and short of the unique corporate race for IPL title sponsorship

So VIVO has dropped the ultimate bombshell, leaving the BCCI sponsorless for the hottest property in the cricketing world in the middle of a health and economic crisis around the world. With Jio, Amazon, Byju’s being the front-runners in the race, what would you really make out of it?
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year ago

Domestic players raise complaints at state associations for lack of clarity on GRS payment

Despite the BCCI signing a deal with Star Sports in two phases for record-breaking amounts, domestic players are yet to receive the GRS for the last four years. It has left a sour aftertaste, with many players approaching their respective state associations for a solution.
Bastab K Parida