BCCI Power Struggles, Politicians Leave WT20 Fans Out in the Cold

India creates new record; changes venue of World T20 Match after event underway!

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Snow-clad mountains are visible above the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium that was to host the India-Pak WT20 match. (Photo: AP)<a></a>

So India has done it again!

Five years ago we successfully managed to move the venue of an India match during the 2011 World Cup from Kolkata to Bangalore, at the last minute. Then we thought in the concept of doing things at the last minute, that was the absolute peak in terms of achievements.

Yet another fiasco

PCB’s security team cross over to India vie the Wagah Border. The two member team was sent to check the security provisions for the India-Pakistan World T20 match. (Photo: IANS)&nbsp;
PCB’s security team cross over to India vie the Wagah Border. The two member team was sent to check the security provisions for the India-Pakistan World T20 match. (Photo: IANS) 

But India can surprise one and all. We have smashed our own record, by getting a venue changed after the tournament is underway. The ICC is yet again forced to step in to do the bad deed of shifting the venue of another India match, this time at the World Twenty20.

The move from Dharamshala to Kolkata is a sign of good karma of the City of Joy, who were forced to miss out on an India game in the 50-over World Cup five years ago.

Also read: BCCI Secretary Lashes Out at Himachal CM for Indo-Pak T20 Fiasco

Changing rules, on the go

But the absolute bizarre turn of events has once again showed up India in poor light. The sad part is that we manage to get away each time. This time because of internal bickerings, the BCCI successfully managed to delay the announcement of venues. The allocation of the India v Pakistan clash to Dharamsala, with a capacity of only 25,000 was nothing short of bizarre.

(Photo: IANS)
(Photo: IANS)

Usually ICC event schedules are announced more than a year in advance, tickets go on sale around the same time and pretty much everything is on track. The BCCI pushed things to the last minute by getting the schedule announced just three months ago and ticket sales were delayed as never before. We still have confusion over matches in Delhi.

Pressure of external factors

If this was any other country, the event itself would have been out of that place. But the ICC, its sponsors and broadcaster will not let the event to be moved out of India, the original cash cow.

United effort needed

The problem stems from the fact that the management structure is linked to the officialdom which wields all the over. Hence for practically a year after the structure of the management of the tournament from a BCCI perspective, there was no movement forward. The court enforced upheavals forced the BCCI to go slow. It has had a complete domino effect on the entire tournament, as a result. We will still have full houses and thrillers like the Oman v Ireland clash on Wednesday night.

But the Team India off the field have clearly been found wanting, just when the Team India on the field is considered among the world’s best.

Hopefully, this fiasco will force the BCCI to systems in place, so that the decision making is divorced from power struggles.

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