Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Peter Roebuck weighs in on the IPL shift. Excerpts.
By shifting the IPL, Indian cricket has put itself at the mercy of forces beyond its control. It is a mistake. Suppose everything goes along without a hitch in South Africa. What then? And when might India next be considered safe enough for international players?
Bear in mind that IPL does not invite nations, merely cricketers from all relevant countries. And still the tournament could not be held, still it was sent overseas for security reasons.
Does India expect to stage the 2011 World Cup? Hereafter it will not take much to change its location as well. Once weakness takes hold it's hard to remove.
...But to move IPL away from India was to make a drastic concession. After all there is no reason to suppose the election will be any more turbulent than previous instances. Throughout history all sorts of conflicts have assailed the region. Those waiting for a quiet spell will grow long beards.
Except in the most dire circumstances, India ought to retreat from organising anything. Now the bullies know that this powerful nation can be turned.
Moreover South Africa is having an election of its own on April 22nd.
India will rue the day it failed to take responsibility for one of its domestic competitions. On that day the cricket community bowed to pressure, caved into calumny. Of course it had no right to leave security to the police. But IPL says it has plenty of money, is spending a fortune on its African operation. [The Hindu]