| Sourav Ganguly being congratulated by Trent Johnston (left) in Belfast on Saturday
Calcutta: Monday will mark the completion of 75 years of India in Test cricket but, true to form, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nothing lined up to celebrate the occasion.
In fact, one wonders just how many in the BCCI are even aware of the significance of June 25, 1932.
“The day clashes with an ICC meeting in London and, then, our team is in Ireland... The England & Wales Cricket Board has planned something and a commemorative stamp is going to be issued,” explained the BCCI’s chief administrative officer, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, when contacted by The Telegraph in Mumbai.
Well, if the absence of Rahul Dravid and Co. is an excuse, then the BCCI should have scheduled the offshore ODIs at a more suitable time.
As for the meeting in London, only secretary Niranjan Shah has to attend the one on Monday. President Sharad Pawar could surely have done his bit in the morning before taking a London-bound flight.
But, then, he has bigger ambitions and the No. 1 position in the BCCI has become a stepping stone.
Of course, for those who’ve played a part in India’s growth as a Test-playing nation, it’s probably a moment to reflect nostalgically. Former captain Bishan Singh Bedi summed it up best — for most, one assumes — when he said, “I wish I could be on the field even this time...”
However, given the unprofessional and insensitive manner in which the BCCI is being run, some could even be wishing they’d never had anything to do with it.
The challenges on the field are pretty obvious. Off it, the way forward will be turning pro with a capital P. And, if we’re to see Test cricketers of quality (and in bigger numbers), then the domestic structure has to be overhauled.
It’s not going to be a big ask if the will is there.
While looking ahead, one hopes Pawar and his men won’t forget the significance of June 25, 2008 — the silver jubilee of our terrific World Cup triumph.