Howard’s End

Okay, all that talk about book titles earlier is directly responsible for the title of this piece.

More like Howard’s beginning: the news is that India is backing the former Aussie PM for the post of ICC chair, to succeed Sharad Pawar.

So now we can begin speculating on just what the quid pro quo is, here. More bilateral series between India and Australia? Australia’s support to push through a proposal for a defined IPL window? What?

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15 thoughts on “Howard’s End

  1. Karthik :

    I am the anonymous who posted earlier. I forgot to enter my name.

    Well, I beg to differ. I feel he has got what it takes to be a good bowler for India. And by that I mean variety. Speed may be a drawback, yes, but he can make up for that with skill. And I feel T20s might not be the best platform to judge him.

    No issues — differing is good. I have my opinion, you have yours. And ultimately, time will tell. I’d point out, though, that T20 is not the platform *I* judged him by — it is the platform where he is supposed to have done enough for the selectors to pick him. Anyways… we’ll see

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  3. Did anyone else notice how Sachin basically said the exact same words that Dhoni said regarding the IPL parties vis a vis player performance and how different the headlines are in each case? Seriously retarded media.

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  6. Prem, you may not be following: but heres how the India’s Zimbabwe tour started:


    Mpofu to Karthik, 1 run, OUT, Vijay is run out. Absolutely lazy effort from Vijay and smart work from Taylor. It was tapped past square-leg .. Vijay had stepped out looking for the second run but gets back. Here is where the drama starts. The throw comes to the front of the stumps and Taylor collects and back flicks it to the stumps …Vijay is so lazy out there .. he was so slow .. and lands his bat down and drags ever so slowly .. unbelievably lazy. And he is run out. Thank you come again .. “

    • Wasn’t watching, but had a bunch of friends tell me about it. 🙂 And it came up during today’s live chat as well. Sheesh! By the way, Zim seems to be doing quite nicely just now 68/0 in ten? wow.

    • I also remember getting blasted for suggesting, during the T20 WC, that Vinay Kumar was a domestic level bowler who wouldn’t last at the international level with his sub 120 pace and limited variety. Now it is Vinay’s turn to get blasted, seemingly. Lesson: Mickey Mouse bowlers are meant purely for domestic disneyland.

      • To be fair to Vinay he has had 1 bad over. I think some domestic batting lineups are way better than Zimbabwe batting so to suggest Vinay has been found out at Internatinal level is not quite accurate. Maybe the conditions are not suiting him. Its also not like Yadav & Dinda are going great guns. You may well be right about Vinay not being interantional class but dont think his 3 overs today prove than point. He has performed better against better batting lineups

      • Agree with you. He just does not look international class to me. I would definitely have preferred Mithun to him.

      • Prem, That has to be the most disappointing statement that I have read from you. Sub 120 and limited variety? Have you been watching him bowl? I certainly dont agree with the limited variety classification. Believe me, he has got more variety than what Zaheer and the frontline seamers have demonstrated in the last 10 years. And it took you what, all of 1 ODI match to judge him?

        • Er no — it took watching him in domestic cricket and the IPL to judge him. Before he went to Zimbabwe — in fact during the IPL — is when I made the statement that he wouldn’t last long at the highest level.

          • I am the anonymous who posted earlier. I forgot to enter my name.

            Well, I beg to differ. I feel he has got what it takes to be a good bowler for India. And by that I mean variety. Speed may be a drawback, yes, but he can make up for that with skill. And I feel T20s might not be the best platform to judge him.

  7. Is it not the situation that the BCCI (especially Pawar) is waiting for? I am sure there will be many conditions laid down for the backing, of which one has been already implemented (clearing the IPL from any match-fixing). The second-most important will be a yearly series between the two countries on similar lines as the Ashes.

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