There has already been much furore about Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s refusal (claimed as inability) to host the India versus England U-19 games in February. Justifying the decision it has been said that the cyclone had derailed the domestic season and they need to get domestic fixtures completed in the same time. (Supreme Court sacks BCCI president Anurag Thakur )Several questions come up based on this explanation:The letter was sent to the BCCI on January 6 around 1pm in the afternoon, just about the time when calls from the old guard were being made to derail the selection committee meeting. Was the timing a mere coincidence or can we read more to it- an attempt to put the current BCCI management under further pressure? (Secret meeting involving former BCCI bosses Srinivasan, Thakur fails)It has been more than a month since the cyclone. Why is it that the TNCA has suddenly decided to stay away from hosting these fixtures? Could it not have conveyed its decision to the BCCI earlier? It is not as if the fixtures were announced on the January 5. (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association refuses to let BCCI use MA Chidambaram stadium for U-19 series)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOSince the Supreme Court order on January 2 and 3, several current office bearers in TNCA stand disqualified. How is it that the letterhead being used is the same old letterhead? Does this, as Gopal Sankarnarayanan, Secretary to the Lodha panel states, “amount to contempt of court”? (Srinivasan stands disqualified as TNCA president: Lodha panel secretary Sanakaranayanan to India Today)advertisementMost importantly, it is acutely disappointing and at the same time alarming that the game is being sacrificed in this struggle for power. Cricket is paramount and is far bigger than individual interest and egos. Could the TNCA not have staged its fixtures elsewhere in the state- the TNPL is proof they do have quality grounds elsewhere as well. Could they not have risen about individual self interest and supported the cause of Indian cricket?Finally, what will this fiasco, which came to light within a day of the selection meeting fiasco, mean going forward? Will the Lodha committee in its meeting on 11 January take steps to ensure such things do not happen and will the SC be apprised of the developments?Clearly we have not seen the end of this bitter power struggle.
APTN National NewsA park in Montreal where some Inuit call home is open again.And with it comes special accomodations for the people who use the space the most.Cabot Square has been the home for the city’s disproportionately large homeless Inuit population for more than a decade.And after months of renovations, they can now return.APTN’s Tom Fennario [email protected]