Call it the love of the underdog if you will. Or the sheer amazement that the superpower is the underdog. But I love it when the BCCI wins little battles. Even more when nobody acknowledges the victories.
Make no mistake about it. Its not like the BCCI is above reproach. I just think we sometimes rap them for things they don’t deserve to get slammed about. Particularly when we lose. Its like giving them credit for our victories.
Anyway, it turns out the nouveau riche BCCI which used to get slammed ever so often for their “offshore ODIs” may have won another battle. (And may become nouveau richer in the process.). A number of people criticised Lalit Modi and co for this money making venture. The one I remember most recently and vividly is the Mukul Kesavan – Andrew Miller spat a few days ago. (I am English – pro-Test cricket, anti-ODIs, and all the rest of it – and I am unapologetic about that fact….The BCCI is the most significant national board in the game, and yet it is the most dysfunctional by a distance… And it spends more time arranging abominable offshore ODIs than attending to the needs of the lesser lights in the world game.Take Bangladesh, for instance, who have yet to be invited for a Test tour of India, despite having been a senior nation for seven years now.) That was Andrew Miller. Abominable ODIs ?
It turns out that South Africa played India in one of those abominable ODI series a couple of weeks ago. It lasted a week. 3 ODIs in Ireland . They reckon they will make more money off that than they will from the combined income of home series against Ne Zealand and West Indies later this year. The New Zealand series is 2 Tests, 1 Twenty/20 and 3 ODIs. West Indies will play South Africa for 3 Tests, 1 Twenty/20 and 5 ODIs. Combined, the South African season against these two sides will start on the 8th of Nov 2007 and they will play the last of the ODIs against the West Indies on the 3rd of Feb 2008. 3 months.
Ahead of those series, South Africa will host the next big thing in the game. The World Cup for Twenty/20. Last year, India had toured South Africa. As per Gerald Majola of Cricket South Africa, “Our major income source is international television money. Last season, when India toured here, we had a fantastic year. This year, however, things will not be as good.CSA had earned 140 million rand (approximately $20 million) from the sales of television rights during the past financial year and indications are that it would receive only 18 million rand (approximately $2.5 million) in the coming financial year.”
Solution ? Majola says negotiations are on for an annual ODI series.
Hardly abominable that.