Monday, June 11, 2007

Ford slaps Indian board in its face

By John Cheeran
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), world’s richest cricket board, is spurned by a young South African, who has not played a single Test or One-day match.
What does Ford know about cricket, and Indian cricket in particular?
Graham Ford has said no the BCCI offer to become the coach of the Indian national team.
Ford’s refusal is nothing but a slap in the face of Sharad Pawar and Niranjan Shah.
Ford has said that he prefers to carry n with his assignment with English County Kent.
It is interesting now to note that Indian cricketers and board itself tore the resume of someone who was pretty much keen to manage a much riven Indian cricket team.
Yes, Whatmore must be hard pressed to contain a few chuckles and watching with interest how the story develops from here.
But be sure that last is not heard on Ford deal itself. Money has its attractions and who knows Ford’s verbal crossover on Monday may just be part of tough bargaining. May be Ford is peeved that the BCCI held out only a one-year deal to him for which he is not willing to abandon the quite and comforts of Kent.
Also happy must be our desi brigade, whom I admonished in an earlier post to take up assignments with Bangladesh and Pakistan. But hope springs eternal.
Who knows in a patriotic fit, Pawar might even tell Ravi Shastri to take charge of the team.And how can Shastri refuse when the future Prime Minister of India requests him to save Indian cricket.

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