What changed the balance of power…….What made India the epicentre for cricket

Just to start things up, If one has no idea about how important the balance of power has been then one should be told about the injustices infliced upon the subcontinent cricket teams and not forgetting West indies too. Well there were countless number of instances when players from subcontinent were at the wrong end of the stick……say for example how ‘carefully and cautiously’ Mark Waugh and Shane Warne were handled after their involvement in Mach-information leaking in 1995/96 was handled by the the ACB and the ICC…….how Sunil Gavaskar was refused an entry on one of the tours to England at the Lord’s cricket ground……how the players from the imperial cricketing countries(England and Australia (and New Zealand) were let off after touring with rebel sides to a boycotted South Africa during the Apartheid ban to the rainbow nation……How the West Indies side was ridiculed in New Zealand in the tour of 1979/80…..well the list is indeed endless and one could not stop wondering if there could possibly be any respite whatsoever in those days.

There was a minor wind that triggered the transformation, or rather the shift in the balance of power and this gust of wind was how well the shorter version of the game got over with people and captured their imagination, especially after India won key outings in ’83 and’85 as well, along with the fact as to how Sharjah came up as a cricket center. Little did people realize as to how this thing had started to snowball and the magnitude of it’s impact prior to the successful co-hosting of the 1996 cricket world cup, and if due credits should be given to someone, it has to be Mr. Jagmohan Dalmia who was the ICC president then after having served at a post of tantamount level in the Asian Cricket Council, probably the best place to get the first sights of the minor transformations which he ably understood.

What . Dalmia did was what any good businessman would do, pay emphasis on the product that sells well, regulate sales(increase in this case) as per the demand and reap maximum profits. Soon Indian board became one of the richest cricketing boards in the world with India playing a lot of ODI’s and the discovery of newer and newer channels of revenue from the game, by the time the new millennium unfolded the BCCI had become the richest cricketing board in the world, overshadowing the ACB. This indeed was a blitzkrieg as the change happened in a very short span of time.

With ODI’s now organised time and again wherever and whenever possible, it gave a much needed impetus to the change, once the ball got rolling there was no stopping as India increased the margin between them and the rest of the cricketing world and currently sitting pretty at levels untouchable. There was tremendous power shift, the induction of Bangladesh into test cricket was another aspect that gave the insights about the power that BCCI commanded……and more recently the way the Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh ‘monkeygate’ tussle was handled would testify the case.

Now he entire cricketing fraternity looks up to India and the moneymaking scheme is a blueprint that no rational board could shrug or snub.

What the board did with IPL is somethoing no one else could, perhaps because of the socio-economic dynamics that prevail…………but what is to be seen in long term is how good or bad he transformation is for he GAME and not for any particular COUNTRY.

Well what that transformation did

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