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From Gentleman's Game to Conman's Den
By Chris Emmanuel D'Souza
Chris Emmanuel D'Souza, from Mangalore is an MCom graduate from St Aloysius College, Mangalore and is presently based in Dubai, where he is working as a cost accountant. He is a passionate writer and regular blogger.

June 8, 2013

The fans have been fooled and robbed

Three second rate cricketers, two high profile franchise executives, one substandard Bollywood actor cum socialite and one dishonorable and despicable boss, monstrous and powerful are all standing in queue seeking entrance behind the iron bars of a dark cell. It should have come early, but better late than never, it has finally come and some more heads will roll as the guillotine stands waiting.

After the infamous episode of match fixing that swept the cricketing world with shame, thirteen years ago, when several high profile players and top BCCI officials were convicted for match fixing and massive corruption, the ghost has once again returned to the cash rich and overtly animated Indian Premier League.

After India emerged champions of the 2007 World Cup T-20, their bosses, the illusive BCCI (Board of Control of Cricket it India) were busy dishing out innovative ideas inorder to appeal the mad cricket crazy Indian fans and amass billions of dollars with a treacherous intent. In came, the messiah Lalit Modi, a reckless forty-something, spoilt brat, money chaser, with zero ethics, and the new Religion of Cricket by the name Indian Premier League was baptized. As is the case of every organized religion that is practiced today, exploitation, commercialization and gimmick overshadows its original facets.

They pumped millions of dollars, made mediocre cricketers look formidable, flashed colorful ads, splurged cheerleaders, donated wine and women, and left no one unsatisfied. Amidst all the glitz and glamour the cricket crazy fans were fooled and robbed in the height of masochism. A considerable suspicion has grown lately that all the six editions of IPL had been fixed or atleast planted. The rogue BCCI has had murky past, and had managed to escape each time with the blessings from scornful Political Feudalists and largely due to the naivety of mad cricket fans. But, this time, the wind was flapping in different direction, suddenly all doors were left open, leaving the goons without a place to hide. The Electronic Media played a pivotal role in questioning the mighty officials and in exposing scams and scandals with their sting operations.

Even after several cricketers, actors, bookies and top franchise officials were taken to task and put behind bars, the cricket crazy indian public barged in thousands to watch the knock out stages of the Indian Premier League. At a time, when people had a golden opportunity to resist against the deceitful BCCI by not turning up at the stadiums, thereby sending a statement, they fumbled, they lost it to their emotiveness attached to cricket and the once in a blue moon day performing million dollar cricket stars. The ultimate looser in this orchestrated madness is the crazy fan, Who has spent his precious time and energy either watching IPL at home on television and at night clubs.

The most embarrassing move in this shoddy episode was the silence of present and former cricketers, including the over hyped skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni. No former cricketer or the present greats have the guts to clench into a fist against the fraudulent BCCI and its goons. Many reports accuse two top former cricketers and commentators Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar as the stooge and a PR to the BCCI. Just goes to show how the powerful spiderís web controls cricketing world.

Who are the BCCI? They are a gang of greed filled and inexplicitly corrupt politicians and business men. It is a vicious circle that makes decisions based on their financial interest, and cares nothing about the development of cricket in india. The sardonic control board claims to be the richest sporting body in the world! And when people like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Faruk Abdullah refer this body as honest and clean, everybody can sense the filth and nonsense they are talking about. In addition the attitude of the people who want to oust Mr. Srinivasan, the dishonorable BCCI Chief sounds dubious at best. Why they want his head to be chopped off? What are their motives and ambitions?

The whole episode that has hit headlines over the last twenty odd days has turned out to be evermore enigmatic. What leaves us with perplexity is the question of International matches, that have been played in the past with thrill and pomp. What about the 2011 World Cup? Was it fixed or Planted? The game of cricket oneís known as the ĎGentlemanís Gameí for its curtsy and sportsmanship, has fallen into the abyss, making it hard to reshape and revert back. Sadly, The Gentlemanís Game of the yesteryear has degraded as the Conmanís Den today.



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Maxim Alfred DSouza, Bondel, Mangalore/NigeriaThursday, June 13, 2013
Chris, good article. Earlier cricket was played by elite few but now it is the only game played in India by the masses. Earlier common man could not play cricket because of lack of means and only those with connections could make progress beyond a certain stage. Cricket has gone through a metamorphosis now for better or worse. As millions pump in made the game and people who matter rich, so does vices associated with it. Corruption is part and parcel of big money biz here in our country. If it gets destroyed by its own weight, no tears need to be shed. good riddance. As long as it rakes in money, as long as it attracts millions of fans why should we break our heads about its well being? Cricket was never a gentleman game. It was a misnomer coined by some die hard fans. IPL is a biz and is consumer driven. Can we stop people thronging horse racing, free style wrestling etc? can we stop gambling, prostitution? Cricket is just transforming itself into one of these activities. Money man money. If you enjoy this entertainment pay for it, else look elsewhere. Don't shed tears for the fans who waste money and time on it. They would waste it else where in any case. Just think of it, now at least a couple of hundred cricketers can earn earn big bucks, many also earn as officials, pro staff, commentators and support staff. More opportunities for glamour world to cash in. No one complains. Let the show continue, till it meets its end crushed under its own weight of sins.
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f.l.fernandis., Detroit/bangaloreMonday, June 10, 2013
A very well written article by Chris.Over the years the scientific game was completely spoiled by 5 days match to to T 20 to format match by cheer leaders etc.
Business men,politicians involved and spoiled the beauty of the game and turned into commercelised.Now it is no more gentlemen's game.
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imran mirza, MANGALORE/ DUBAISunday, June 09, 2013
Chris,Good writing buddy...Indian Cricket is a racket fooling millions of people. Cricket is a commercial sport that has ruined every other sport in the country. Ban the IPL, let other sports grow.
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raina dolly suares, mangaloreSunday, June 09, 2013
Brilliant piece!!!!So wonderfully written...chris
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ROSHNI PINTO, mangaloreSunday, June 09, 2013
Nice One Chris. Really like this one, very informative. keep writing
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raina dolly suares, mangaloreSunday, June 09, 2013
Well written Chris, lot of insights into the cricket world. like to see more from you
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raina dolly suares, mangaloreSunday, June 09, 2013
Well written Chris, lot of insights into the cricket world. like to see more from you
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Ramakrishna. A., MANGALORESunday, June 09, 2013
If Cricket is a gentleman's game, then do you mean to say that other games like football, basketball, volleyball, Tennis, Badminton are all the game of Scoundrels ?? All these games are hundred times more popular than Cricket world over , So do you mean to say that all these 600 crore people who love these games are not gentlemen but barbarians ?
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imran mirza, MANGALORE/ DUBAISunday, June 09, 2013
Indian Cricket is a racket run by the rogue BCCI. Wonderfully written, the article makes some important observation and its time people to resist cricket tycoons by not attending at the matches.
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jimmy noronha, Bellore, LucknowSunday, June 09, 2013
Many mysteries buried so far have been unearthed by this good write-up on cricket. As a matter of fact, I have been gradually losing interest in cricket and now decided to watch little or nothing of it. Thanks for this valuable information.
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Joe Britto, Nakre/BangaloreSaturday, June 08, 2013
Earlier Indian Test Cricketers would earn just Rs 300 per Match and only the very rich could afford to play the game full time. The Nawab of Pataudi Jr.changed the face of Indian Cricket by winning tests outside India.
The great victory over England in England & victory over West indies in West Indies Post in 1971 by Ajit Wadekar and the arrival of Great Sunil Gavaskar has attracted the Indians to Cricket. Post 1975 saw the era of Ad's and it was not just Brylcream and Palmolive where the earnings were just pennies, but Radio, TV ads & Sponsors started the route to eventually make our Cricketers get the taste of money which was all legal.
The 1983 World cup victory in the so called 60 over Pyjama version was a major turning point in India Cricket .It heralded a new era of dominance of Cricket.
Post 1995 saw the entry of Match Fixing which soon took its toll on the captains of S.Africa & India. But yet the powers that mattered did not take any precautionary steps and the mafia tookcontrol of the gentlemanís game.
The new Century heralded the death knell for Test Cricket and the entry of pyjama less era in cricket in the form of T20 and quickly gratified all and sundry and Serpents had indeed made an entry into the gentleman's game. Not just the President, but the entire 22 members of the BCCI should Quit.The time has come to resurrect Test Cricket and have a new acceptable IPL format and legalise betting else TO HELL WITH CRICKET & BACK TO HOCKEY.
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PINTO, MloreSaturday, June 08, 2013
"Cricket is a Gentlemans game "
Was not a Gentleman !
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