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addtamx
Post subject: Re: BCCI at it again
PostPosted: 22:26 on 19th Sep 2013

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MelonHead Wrote:

Can't be more than one prat as condescending as that in the world, surely?
It's that sort of "we colonised your land and now you're not even grateful" attitude that ensures the BCCI takes great joy in shafting England


Pull yer head in son, only one person behaving like a prat in this thread and it sure aint Andy.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: BCCI at it again
PostPosted: 15:34 on 20th Sep 2013

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Location: Preston UK
MelonHead Wrote:
You are Giles Clarke, do I win a prize?

Can't be more than one prat as condescending as that in the world, surely?
It's that sort of "we colonised your land and now you're not even grateful" attitude that ensures the BCCI takes great joy in shafting England


I now see where you got your nom de plume from.
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MelonHead
Post subject: Re: BCCI at it again
PostPosted: 09:56 on 22nd Sep 2013

Joined: 07:43 on 16th Feb 2011
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Big Harvey Wrote:
MelonHead Wrote:
It's that sort of "we colonised your land and now you're not even grateful" attitude that ensures the BCCI takes great joy in shafting England


I noticed no such sentiment in blueandy1mac's post.

For most of its history international cricket was dominated by the politics of empire. We all know that. Are you suggesting though that because India as a country spent so many years under the yoke, the BCCI should be allowed to get away with doing whatever the hell it likes with no regard for anyone else? I don't think cricket fans from most other countries (including those which also suffered in the days of empire) would agree with that.



Fact is, the finances of the game now mean that the BCCI can get away with doing whatever the hell it likes with no regard for anyone else. And they do.

Do I like it? No, I don't, and I am especially fearful that the lucre associated with one-day, and worst of all T20, is going to kill Test cricket or at least confine to a tiny pool of (white) countries (which is not far away from the same thing).

My point is only - the BCCI are not much interested in anyone else's views. And telling them that things were better back in the days when the MCC, that arm of empire, were in charge is not only far from obviously correct, especially seen from the perspective of India (and Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), it is also highly likely to be counter-productive. A bit more awareness of how much it means to the Indians to have, for example, an auction in which Indian millionaires purchase the services of white employees would be really helpful. Saving Test cricket has to involve a genuine sensitivity to why the BCCI are going to need some careful handling.

This is the balanced version of my earlier attempt to portray blueandy1mac as a modern day Cecil Rhodes. I meant no offence. Sorry. Being a bit imbalanced makes things a bit livelier on here, no? More Wilfred Rhodes in future though, perhaps. Sorry again for unfair abuse.
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