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Malcolm Merlyn

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  1. His wife has said he used to be provided girls on tours. It is not allowed on tours. BCCI should investigate this. These honey traps have been used for match fixing in past. These cricketers should behave maturely. But most of them are under 30 and  25. Tgey don't realise the traps and things like this. The implications and the after  effects. 
    His wife can allege him to be an alien. All this has to be proved in the court.

  2. Does the CoA and Mr.Rai know that India is the only major test nation not to play a day night test?

    Is Mr. Rai aware that his Co CoA member approved a dole out of 15L to her own sister? Is that not conflict of interest?

    Will Mr. Rai stepdown in 4 months time when he turns 70? Like he wants bcci chiefs to?

    This whole CoA was a disaster from the start.

    Only one man had any idea of how to run bcci which was like a corporate giant and that was Vikram Limaye.

    Diana Edulji is a nobody in Indian cricket. Its a shame she gets to run BCCI while a Kapil Dev or a Gavaskar or Laxman or Srinath or so many big names dont.

    Ramchandra Guha was another laughable selection, a historian to run cricket.

    Now we have Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai running indian cricket. This is utter nonsense.




    The BCCI's plans to stage India's first-ever day-night Test in October is mired in a power struggle between the two power centres that currently run the board. A sharply worded mail from Vinod Rai, chief of the Committee of Administrators, to Amitabh Choudhury, the board's acting secretary, placed the proposal on hold and criticised what Rai called the "cavalier way of taking policy decisions".


    In his mail, Rai said that discussions on the issue needed to go beyond India coach Ravi Shastri, who had been consulted, and should include the players, the administration and the fans, "your greatest stakeholder". It laid down several conditions that needed to be met before the plan could be discussed again.


    India is the only major cricket-playing country to have not hosted or played a day-night Test. This, despite apparent openness to the idea from India captain Virat Kohli, who had called the inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand in 2015 a "landmark" moment. The game's administrators, including the ICC, have urged member countries to support day-night cricket as a means of boosting audience figures across the Test world.


    The issue had its origins last week, when Choudhury emailed Shastri, asking for his help in "finding remedies to the ever diminishing" interest of fans in Test cricket. In his email, dated February 17, Choudhury said that even popular venues like Kolkata could not reverse the "alarmingly poor figures of attendance". He said that to counter such a challenge, the BCCI needed to apply "innovative" thinking, and the day-night Test - provided the dew factor was managed - was a "natural" option.


    In his response, Shastri said that another option to attract a big audience was to play Test matches against "tier 2" opponents "like West Indies" in tier-two cities. "As far as day-night cricket goes, it can be tried out as an experiment with a game starting at 12 and where the last session is played under lights. It will be interesting to see how much part dew will play.


    "Against a team like West Indies, it has to be played in a tier 2 city without a doubt. To get in the crowds it doesn't matter if it's a day game or day-night game. What's important is a tier 2 city."


    Choudhury then placed Shastri's suggestions at a discussion table at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, in a meeting with the board's management team led by Rahul Johri (the BCCI's chief executive officer) and Saba Karim (general manager, operations), and the national selectors.


    The following day, February 21, Choudhury emailed details of that meeting, along with the discussions he had with Shastri, to the BCCI's two other office bearers - CK Khanna (acting president) and Anirudh Chaudhry (treasurer). "Under the circumstances, we will go ahead with the proposal [of] choosing one of the two Windies Test matches for the first ever day-night game on Indian soil," Choudhury said.


    The email was forwarded to Rai, whose reply leaves the plan in limbo. Rai told Choudhury that if he felt taking the views of "four persons sitting in cricket centre [the BCCI headquarters]" constituted "all stakeholders", then it was a "very misplaced viewpoint".


    According to Rai, the "greatest stakeholder" was the public, and they needed to be factored in too. "This issue is placed on hold," Rai told Choudhury in an email, copying in the rest of the board's office bearers along with Johri and Karim.


    He said the idea could not be taken forward till the specifics of the proposed day-night Test were worked out, including the venue, timings, security arrangements and costs to the BCCI. He also said the visiting team would have to be consulted to "factor in their viewpoints".


    "Ravi may have been consulted, but I would like to consult the players whose body clock over five consecutive days [and] will have to get accustomed to a new timing," Rai said.


    Once all these things were looked into, Rai said the BCCI would put forth the view in the media for a "consultative process".


    Choudhury responded to Rai on February 23, saying "the effort was only to impede the fast disappearing spectator support for Test cricket."








    The world is playing day night test but this 70yr old guy has a problem with it. What does he want? A referendum to be held in India?


    This CoA has pushed Indian cricket back by 5 years. The faster these idiots leave BCCI, the better.

  4. As per the report, ICC has not even applied for an exemption with the Indian government, considering they themselves would have to share their own revenue patterns and all related papers with the authorities in order to avail an exemption.


    A lot has been spoken about the International Cricket Council's plan to take away the hosting rights of 2021 ICC Champions Trophy as well as the 2023 World Cup from India, in the wake of Indian government's resistance over giving the apex body a tax exemption. While the threat of losing the rights of the two major ICC events looms large, the BCCI has reportedly warned that it will invoke the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) if such a scenario becomes reality.


    As per a TOI report, sources aware of the developments said: “Should the ICC use tax exemptions from Indian government as an excuse to make up for their own losses and propose the shifting of tournaments, it will lead to a disaster. India will pull out of all agreements.”


    “The matter came up when the ICC board expressed their concern around the absence of tax exemption from the Indian Government for ICC events held in India, despite ongoing efforts from both the ICC and BCCI to secure the exemption which is a standard practice for major sporting events around the world,” the ICC statement had said after a meeting earlier this month.


    ICC’s independent chairman Shashank Manohar, who is gearing up for a re-election to the chair in June this year, is said to have won the previous elections because of his resolve to do away with the financial model first dictated by India. Those speaking for the BCCI say that “now those numbers in the present cycle cannot be compensated so India’s tax laws can’t be used as an excuse”.


    The TOI report further reveals that the ICC has not even applied for an exemption with the Indian government, considering they themselves would have to share their own revenue patterns and all related papers with the authorities in order to avail an exemption.


    The BCCI, however, says ICC — despite Manohar at the helm — expects them to start a dialogue with the government and expects India to clear past tax dues, including the 2016 World T20. “This is a joke, unless, there are individuals doing this to protect their own chairs after projecting financial surpluses that now cannot be justified,” a source tracking the developments told TOI.


    In the worst case scenario where the ICC decides to shift two major cricket tournaments outside of India, in order to compensate for their own losses of US$100m, the stand-off between them and the BCCI will surely get ugly.


    This time, the BCCI will not flinch in invoking its rights through the MPA. India’s losses in those newly proposed ICC revenues don’t mean a thing. The proposed loss is not even enough to make up for what the BCCI earns through a single bilateral or two (Star pays Rs 43 crore per match according to the present contract and the renewed one is expected to fetch more in the new bidding). To make up for the rest of the world, you can’t take a tournament of this magnitude away from India,” the source added while speaking about the matter.


    India last hosted an ICC event in 2016 – ICC World Twenty20 – but a tax exemption was not given by the government. ICC’s latest decision to search for an alternative venue for both 2021 and 2023, however, has not gone down well with the Indian cricket board.



  5. As long as Sikh genocide perpetrators are roaming free in India....there will be a section of people here in Canada who will have the posters of Sikh separatists in their Gurudwaras. They're not rioting or looting here against the Government....It's their way of showing their displeasure at a section of political leaders in India's treatment of Sikhs during the 1984 riots.
    It's a beautiful Sunday morning here in Surrey, I have a good family fun day planned....start your essay writing & justifications....cheers!!

    India is not answerable to canadians in any way. They can think whatever they want, they can do jack. They though carried out the worst terror related air disaster till 9/11

    Regarding 1984 riot, its a separate issue and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. But seems sikhs in India have forgotten that as they have elected congress govts in Punjab and Delhi. Dont know what locus standi some canadian has in this matter.

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