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Many wrongs have all but condemned West Indies cricket to perdition

Apocalypso Now
AFP (From Outlook, May 30, 2011)
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A trip to the West Indies was once fraught with mortal danger. The Caribbean batsmen battered the best of bowlers into submission. Their giant and gentle bowlers could break wickets and limbs. Prospective visitors rallied their forces, picked their best players, and still knew they’d be beaten and bruised. But times change. India is sending their one-day team to the West Indies without their captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni; without their best batsman, Sachin Tendulkar; their best bowler, Zaheer Khan; and without Virender Sehwag, their most feared batsman. Two issues are involved here—the might of money and the current fragility of the West Indies.

Indian fans have seen the effect of the club-country conflict on Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand, and some of them have silently rejoiced at the power of the rupee. But this conflict now impacts India. N. Srinivasan is the BCCI secretary and president-elect as well as owner of Chennai Super Kings. It’s clear on which side he is—it’s not the national side....

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