Saturday, January 5, 2013

Notice to bloggers for not including Indians in Team of the Year

After checking all the articles on the Test team of the year and finding no Indians there, a miffed BCCI has sent a legal notice to all the bloggers. According to them it is not fair and unethical.

When we contacted an Indian blogger on this, he said: “How is that unethical? We just try to give our honest opinions by analyzing many facts and we even have the right to express. It’s sad but no Indian player qualified to be in the team. Sending legal notice is a joke.”
I tried to reach BCCI representatives on this issue but no one was ready to come out and talk. After trying several times and giving an assurance that I will keep his name secret, one BCCI representative agreed to talk with me.
“India is the new superpower in cricket and no one can deny the fact that we control many cricket boards today. Also, ICC can’t take any decision without our approval,” he claimed. “India is by far the biggest market in terms of cricket revenue, we provide 80% of world cricket revenues today. That’s why England and Australia are jealous of us,”  he stated.
I was bit confused that time and asked him the relation between these facts and that legal notice. He was silent for about a minute. Then after drinking a glass of water, he argued: “That’s simple. What is India’s contribution? 80% right? As you know every team is made of 11 players, so if you divide the revenue, each Indian player’s contribution will be more than 7%, this is 1/3rd of the collective total revenue of other 9 Test nations, don’t even talk about their players. So our players have every right to be included in every XI.”
I got his point. But then I asked one final question about the legal notice, because in my opinion it wasn't the right thing to do. 
He replied: “Look, Indian cricket is a big brand and we just can’t allow anyone to discourage our players. It will affect their performance, India will start to lose more matches and our brand value will fall eventually, which isn’t good for cricket. Bloggers must support our players because they are representing India, it is their (bloggers') duty. Hence, I appeal to all of them to kindly include at least 4 Indians in their Test team of the year, as even in an IPL XI we allow 4 foreigners.”
I thanked him for coming out and clearing things up.
Many Indian bloggers have told me that they will edit their articles and will include as many Indians as possible in their team and try to become responsible citizens.

(Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction and is not meant to be taken seriously.)

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