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Lack-A-Daisies

If the BCCI doesn't get its act together, and fast, the Indo-Pak return series will be an organisational disaster

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Ex-BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur has an interesting tale on the forthcoming Ashes Test at Lord's starting July 21. Trying for a ticket, he found that they were completely sold out. Eventually, the ex-Ranji player had to take recourse to his honorary membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club, the keeper of Lord's, to get himself some seats.

However, any comparable recourse isn't even an option in the three Tests or five one-dayers India will be playing against Pakistan here next month. Dungarpur can't get a ticket, neither, for that matter, can Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. And that's because the tickets for Pakistan's first India tour in six years are yet to go on sale. Forget the tickets, even the venues are yet to be finalised. This, when the first Test begins four weeks from now.

Indian cricket's modus operandi has always been a far cry from the way it's done in Australia or England, where fans plan their social calendar around match itineraries. Their boards draw up fixtures years in advance. The BCCI too has a schedule till 2010, but with a generous...
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