A gathering to remember Dungarpur

first_imgOft-debated topics like corruption in cricket, chucking, umpires’ decision review system (UDRS), money in the game and volume of cricket were once again discussed by some of the best known national captains from across the globe at a RSD World Cricket Summit (WCS) here on Tuesday evening.Former captains Bishan Singh Bedi, Bob Simpson of Australia, South African Ali Bacher and Kapil Dev gave their opinions on an occasion where late Raj Singh Dungarpur (RSD), former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was remembered by the gathering.The most interesting debate was about chucking – a pet subject with Bedi, and he was in his elements while discussing the issue threadbare.”We are not doing anything about chucking; it’s grossly unfair [ to the game],” he lamented as he criticised ace Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar for their bowling actions.Bedi, an illustrious left-arm spinner who had one of the most graceful bowling actions, feels both bowled with questionable actions and most of the time got away with it as rules and ‘ procedure’ (in Akhtar’s case) supported them.However, Bacher didn’t agree with Bedi. “Murali doesn’t chuck,” he declared. “Doesn’t he have a hyper extension in his wrist?” he asked, turning to Bedi. “Mind you, I’m not getting a free ticket to Colombo,” quipped Bacher, drawing laughter from the elite gathering that included legendary Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Kapil Dev besides Ajay Jadeja, who also led India in One- Day Internationals.advertisementHowever, Simpson, who played against Bedi in 1970s, jumped to the India captain’s support.Kapil joined forces with Bacher on this issue when the 1983 World Cup- winning captain spoke later. “Paaji [ Bedi] says Muralitharan chucked. But I will never blame him. The authorities should have checked it,” he stressed.Corruption in the game was the other topic that drew the ire of the greats. Bedi was again forceful. “It’s getting out of control,” he declared.Simpson, a close friend of Raj Singh and whom the first- class cricketer once involved as a coach with Mumbai’s Cricket Club of India, said that skippers should be held responsible for what members of their teams do. “It is all in the hands of captains. A captain should answer what’s going on in his team. He should act like a mentor,” he opined.Bacher said that when he held a top post with the United Cricket Board of South Africa, he raised the issue with the International Cricket Council.”There’s a lot of loose talk going on now. I raised this issue at ICC meetings in 1996 and 1999 and told them that there was a lot of loose talk going on. The discussions lasted five or 10 minutes and it was not even minuted,” he disclosed.On the issue of excess money that has come into the game now, all participants agreed that it was distracting players but none of them were jealous of current players earning more than what they did.”My info is that certain players got lot of money. Today, there’s a lot of money in the game and I support it – the best players like Sachin and Lara earn so much and I support that,” said Bacher, who flew down from South Africa especially for the occasion.Simpson cited the example of a young coach in Australia who is earning handsome money.”He has never scored a half- century or taken more than four wickets in an innings. But New South Wales pays him Australian $ 50,000 a year for coaching,” he said.Bedi felt that if the UDRS could help minimise errors, it is welcome. But Simpson, on the basis of ” information” he has received from his ” friends in Australian Channel 9″, had ” some reservation about the Hawk Eye”, which tracks the line and the height of the ball.last_img read more