Sydney test has sure been a hot topic discuss all over the world be it media, cricket historians or ofcourse for bloggers like me 🙂 .The chain of events that have occurred one after another has been quite sensational and melodramatic .With widespread protest in india over the ban due to racial abuse issue and burning of effigies of umpires,everything has been quite dramatic and a big blow to the game of cricket.
Another breaking news is being flashed that bucknor has been removed and billy bowden (sorry if the name isn’t proper) would be umpiring for the Perth test. Well , now my sudden reaction was what about the other umpire .He too has committed gaffe as far as umpiring as umpiring is considered.I really ,am sorry for bucknor though i still feel it was a good desision for the game of cricket ,for the series to continue.
Now,the ICC’s sudden decisions doesn’t stop here harbhajan is allowed to play for the Perth test until the next hearing for his appeal against the BAN . I wasnt actually surprised by this decision as the stronghold of BCCI over ICC has been quite evident in the past ,BCCI has almost 70 percent of share in the Revenue that ICC gets,no wonder ICC has brought the decision to remove bucknor.
The interesting point here is Will the BCCI be able to revoke harbhajan’s ban on 3 test which seems quite inevitable for me.I would perhaps frame the question like – How soon BCCI would be able to bring it up ??
Being an Indian supported i would be more than elated if the charges against harbajan are removed but isn’t it queer that a organization as big as ICC can be meddled by another countries board specifically BCCI . BCCI was even able to bring the players out of trouble during the tour of south africa when the almost 7 or 8 indian players were framed under charges like ball tampering and misconduct in the ground.It had started the similar surge wha’s happening now and finally ICC had to kneel down before BCCI .
I guess the similar situation awaits now too.There’s no doubt harbhajan would come out and BCCI will be the winners But what about ICC , ICC is already being nagged for being biased and not being able to handle its functions properly ,and If it revokes the harbhajan’s ban then it would be nothing less than a disgrace for ICC . The only way is to learn from its mistakes and to do something that would elminate any chances of incidents such as sydney test.