Time for India to throw in the next big innovation
Almost 30 years back, speaking about the challenges every cricket administrator faces, Ali Bacher said three elements are critical for success: talent, goodwill and money. Ali, former player and captain of the national side, was a formidable figure who bossed South Africa cricket and played a prominent role in the healing process after apartheid. An astute administrator, he scripted the policy of social reconstruction and transformation of South African cricket. About cricket governance in India, Ali posed an uncomfortable question: when every kid is playing cricket, money is available in plenty and there is huge goodwill for the sport, why is India not the best cricket team in the world? Since the time Ali asked the question, much has changed: India is the number one cricket country in the world, and obviously it has done what is right to get there. India has a powerful Test team and a strong domestic cricket system. Plus great infrastructure and loads of money. Ali’s three-point formula has finally come together to make India a cricket superpower. Once an unimportant member of cricket’s international club, India now calls the shots. The reasons for this dramatic turnaround are many, and interesting.