There is one thing that Indian media has done to the cricket. They have removed it from the “list of sports”. I think there would be no channel that does not say “Criket News” followed by “Sports News”. Guddie!
But what has worried me is the partiality in coverage.
When Zee Sports announced Indian Cricket League (ICL) with Kapil Dev, one of the greatest captains of the Indian cricket team and the only one to get the World Cup home, it got a very little coverage in any form of media.
Even in the leading daily, The Times of India, I would find only a couple of paragraphs lying in some corner of the page.
Now come Indian Premier League (IPL), and all forms of media cover it.
Why is that the cricket promoted by Kapil Dev is not worth coverage while the one that resulted in “sale of crickets” is for everything.
In fact, I say, “Wow! Human beings auctioned”. I thought that till now only antiques, animals, buildings etc were auctioned.
So, do these cricketers fall in any of these categories? Or they are just cricketers, playing cricket which, by the standards of India media does not fall in the category of sports.
Whatever be it, I am truly enjoying the fun. I’m enjoying the cricket – I enjoyed ICL and now am enjoying IPL. And then, I enjoy tennis and the recent controveries in it. I enjoy Premier Hockey League (PHL) and the recent controversies in Indian National Hockey. I enjoyed recent interest in Football.
Thanks to Zee Sports for reviving several sports. And thanks to Zee Sports to put up a face against BCCI, which simply fails to be answerable because it considers itself a private authority controlling Indian Cricket. And thanks to Zee Sports’ ICL – because it was only because of ICL that IPL became a reality where human beings were auctioned!
Who does not love controveries? Mirch Masala, eh!