king and his Test baby
governing body ICC met in Lahore on October
16 it was not surprising that cricket affairs
of Bangladesh along with Zimbabwe topped
the agenda for all the wrong reasons.
game's experts branded Bangladesh as a team
not competitive enough to meet the desired
standard so the argument was they should
play fewer matches.
Zimbabwe cricket authorities went into the
meeting with a racist's tag after a nearly
six-month dispute with their rebel captain
in the gentlemen's court both boards in
question felt they needed strong representatives
to tell their sides of the story to the
other eight apprehensive full member-nations.
was however not clear how Mahbubul Anam,
who represented Bangladesh in Lahore, fought
the case for the cricket-crazy South Asian
nation or whether the Zimbabweans stunned
the audience in silence with an emotional
speech on racism that the Heath Streak's
forefathers had firmly planted in the former
are however only interested to know if Mahbub
had made an honest statement about a Test
baby that was born in June 2000 which is
now being nourished at the hands of a submissive
king whose every decision is influenced
by a powerful 'prince'.
he tell the progressive moves the king had
taken ever since a court verdict suspended
a democratic body thanks to a little twist
from a modern-day 'Mir Zafar'?
augured well at the onset as the king quickly
realised the need of a set of advisors to
take care of the baby. They sat together
and after burning the proverbial midnight
oil came to the conclusion. The baby should
grow up like an Australian infant does.
The argument behind that was very, very
strong -- the Aussies are the best.
they started to fill every coaching position
with an Australian no matter whether someone
is a human movement specialist or a rugby
expert. The odd pick in an otherwise all-Australian
combination was a Zimbabwean, who was the
commander-in-chief. The outcome was predictable
and the king got some test-tube babies.
just when the king took them out in the
open air to acclaim his biggest success
in three years he got the shock of his life.
He found them physically strong but felt
that somewhere along the manufacturing process
something had gone wrong. They are not ready
to take up the battle.
the meantime those who are already fighting
and losing the battle one after another
started to send SOS signals. But the king,
who was working in a High Performance laboratory,
suddenly discovered that he had nothing
fear of a premature demise of the baby gripped
the ruler and suspecting an outcry from
his subjects, the king cut off all communications
and apparently decided not to face the masses.
fears are not baseless. A huge rage is brewing
up in minds of those subjects.
first point of dissatisfaction was how could
the king be so preoccupied with the welfare
of only 20 odd babies. He spent all his
time and money in bringing them up. His
one-track obsession left him oblivious of
what was happening in other parts of his
kingdom. His domestic structure, on which
the Test baby came into being, was on the
verge of collapse. The caretakers who selflessly
looked after it long before he came to power
had lost their jobs.
king was shielded by a council of advisors,
who in reality had little connection with
what was going on outside the castle. The
children of his subjects were denied a chance
to prove themselves through a competition
that was very popular in the past.
Another failure on the king's part was his
inability to set the 15 centres of excellence.
Now the king must decide.
He either has to relinquish his authority
acknowledging that he was a puppet ruler
paving the way for the crown prince to take
over or he could bow to the demand of his
subjects and return to a democratic rule.