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Beware of speculators and gossip mongers

It seems T-20 will be the architect of the decline and fall of cricket in India. T-20, as such, cannot be blamed for the impending disaster, for it is an exciting game which produces a plethora of nail biting finishes. And, for the same reason, it became a money-spinner. Various organizations which conduct these matches at national and international levels began to attract big wigs and soon, scandal mongers and witch-hunters began to overshadow the game itself, much to the frustration of the cricket lovers. All these developments will adversely affect the morale of the players.

Even before the advent of T-20 there have been stray cases of match fixing and the like but such things never posed a threat to the game or the players.

Anyway, there is a ray of hope. Cricket continues to be the favorite game of the Indians and we have world class chess players as well. In view of this, it has to be protected from speculators and witch hunters. Let the media people—print and electronic—pay more attention to the game and the performance of the players than to those business minded elements and gossip mongers.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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