Kaymo’s Korner: Cricket will always be bigger than India

2013-09-16 10:00

If you know Andrew Jennings, you will understand that he has a massive axe to grind with the international football federation Fifa.

Whether he has an agenda or not, Jennings seems to find the truth that no one really wants to know about. If you want to know more, www.transparencyinsport.org will give you a clearer picture.

I do believe that Fifa is like a mafia organisation that is a law unto itself, but one thing that is commendable about the body is its firmness when dealing with member nations.

The scales may be uneven on the playing field, but in the boardroom, well, the small boys have a bite that is bigger than their bark.

Member nations know better than to rub Fifa up the wrong way.

Even governments know that Fifa is not the bullied playground child.

Okay, there is a bit of inequality, with confederations like the Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) and the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) having a bigger say when it comes to World Cup allocations.

Uefa has 53 teams fighting for 13 spots. Conmebol has seven spots while 52 Confederation of African Football affiliates have to fight for five places. Butall are equal before Fifa’s law.

I wish the International Cricket Council (ICC) had the same kind of clout among its member states, especially in India.

We know the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has the most money, but the lesson I have learnt with Fifa is that money will take you nowhere if you don’t know how to behave. Not that most of the nations know how to behave anyway.

Point is, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson and his board need to find a way to rein in absolute power – which is now the BCCI.

It is unfortunate that a single board can hold the rest of the world hostage. Had there been more nations actively competing in test cricket, I don’t think India would give world cricket the kind of headache they are giving the ICC.

Even if cricket were as global as football, chances are it would still be the Asian bloc that would be the most powerful because of the sport being akin to religion there.

But then again, let me not blame the board for being this powerful.

When Australia and England took turns at the top of the tree, they pretty much did as they pleased too.

There needs to be more action from the ICC to prevent a board from being a bully boy.

Money or no money, the game has survived two world wars and countless insurrections and it can survive without India.

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