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My elder brother/mentor, used to tell me about a certain Steve Jobs. when I was a struggling full time cricket blogger.
If you don't know, give me 5 mins and I'll tell you how this Apple (and Pixar studios) CEO is similar to Board for cricket control in India. BCCI in short. Story starts with both Steve & BCCI starting a company - of computer & cricket respectively. No one pays them a moment, but both fight on. With sheer passion & love for what he was doing, Steve Jobs managed to impress audiences. Money came pouring in, so he hired people to run Apple Computers with him. Company got even bigger, so board meeting room started seeing new faces.. but guess what, one fine day ~ more board members (than not) said Steve Jobs wasn't the perfect man to act as Apple CEO. They fired him from the company that man himself started.
Come to BCCI now, who took on to promote Indian cricket when not many of us knew we had won the world cup in 1983. No television live, no fans at the stadium & not many newspapers writing about cricket in India. forget about my kind of crazy cricket bloggers putting their thoughts on the internet. Cricket was not a game we Indians loved as much. Even hockey tests were more popular as you can recall in movie Golmaal (1979) - Amol Palekar & Utpal Datt meet at Hockey match, not a cricket match. Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee could've easily used cricket match plot, but as hockey was more popular back then in 1979 - the obvious.
BCCI promoted Indian cricket, scheduled it, presented it as if they controlled it. They had the rights to sell broadcasting of Indian cricket to any one, and select anyone to play on the name of our country - India.
Today's hidden camera sting operation by new channels Aaj Tak & Headlines today on Indian selectors (where they are speaking about differences in Indian cricket team & Sachin Sourav not supporting Dravid) is just another hint at BCCI fast losing their grip on Indian cricket. Zeesports started Indian cricket league a month ago, and even Indian government isn't happy with outside channels not sharing live match feeds with national network Doordarshan. not to mention the million cricket lovers we are.
I really have a feeling, with India waking up to cricket - BCCI soon be fired from the company they nurtured themselves..