Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Bloggers Influence!

We all know that it was Uncle J Rod's "David Hussey Petition" that led to Hussey's selection for the ODI leg of Australia's tour of the West Indies.

The fact that J Rod managed to convince Cricket Australia and Andrew Hilditch was an achievement and a half.

What we have witnessed today though is an achievement and 2 halves!

Ottayan, another one of the active members of the blogging faculty, has been able to convince no less than the president of a test playing country.

A few days ago, the ECB announced the dates of Sri Lanka's tour to England to fill-in for the Zimbabweans who were supposed to tour but are not welcome there anymore.

The dates of the tour clashed with the dates of Lalit Modi's 2nd season of the Indian Premier League, which were announced about 2 months ago.

This resulted in a number of reactions.

Some reported that the Sri Lankan players contracted to the IPL will boycott the tour to England.

Some suggested a 2nd string Sri Lankan side will tour England.

But there was one reaction that stood above all.

And that was Ottayan's, who suggested that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had back stabbed the BCCI by accepting to tour England on the dates that clashed with the IPL

Considering that it was the BCCI that bailed out the almost bankrupt SLC recently, Ottayan was probably right in saying that it was a stab in the back by SLC for sending its top cricketers to England instead of India next year.

Ottayan's reaction didn't go unnoticed.

In less than 24 hours, Mahinda Rajapakse, the President of Sri Lanka, has ordered Gamini Lokuge, the country's sports minister, to make sure that SLC either alters the dates of the tour to England or scrap the tour altogether.

Well done Ott. You sure have some influence.

Make your pitch on this post...

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6 Pitched:

  1. straight point said...

    in OTT's court...nothing goes unnoticed...and unpunished...


  2. Viswanathan said...


    I enjoyed your dig.:)

  3. Miriam said...

    I really want Sri Lanka to tour here next year. Ottayan, could you get back on the case? cheers v much.

  4. Q said...

    Im sure u did Ott ;-)

  5. Q said...

    Miriam, I know u would love to see the Lankans play England in England next year but I believe majority of the fans want to see Murali and Mendis take on King Sanga and Jayawardene and Jayasuriya instead of KP, Cook, and that boring lot ;-)

  6. Viswanathan said...


    What back stab my country? No! Never! :)

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