New Wisden editor slams Indian ‘self-interest’
Cricket officials in India have been urged by the new editor of
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to abandon the “self interest of the few”
and concentrate instead upon improving their team's Test results.
India is cricket financial's powerhouse, with the passionate
following for the sport in the world's second most populous nation
making its broadcast and commercial rights the most valuable in the
As a result, India is able to attract leading players from around the
world to the lucrative but domestic Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL)
However, five-day Test cricket is still regarded by officials and
players as the ultimate form of the sport yet in 2011 India were
whitewashed in a series in England before, in early 2012, suffering a
similar fate in Australia.
But 2011 also saw India lift the one-day World Cup for the first time
in 28 years after they triumphed on home soil to beat Sri Lanka in a
final in Mumbai.
In the 2012 Wisden, new editor Lawrence Booth -- an English cricket
journalist -- writes: “India have ended up with a special gift: the
clout to shape an entire sport.
“Some national boards would struggle to survive without an Indian
“But too often their game appears driven by the self-interest of the
few -- officials unable to admit that injuries collected in, or
aggravated by the IPL damaged their side's chances in England; capable
of suggesting disregard for the innings defeat at Sydney in January 2012
by responding with the breathless news of the schedule for IPL 5; and
happy to whitewash the whitewashes with constant reference to the World
Cup.” Booth added the rest of cricket's leading nations were not
paragons of virtue either but that the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) were in a unique position.
“Other countries run the game along self-serving lines too; cricket's
boardrooms are not awash with altruism. But none wields the BCCI's
power, nor shares their responsibility.