Obaid bags an interview with the great man himself in Pakistan:
So on getting to Karachi I started hustling for an interview with the
great man himself. Despite my efforts it appeared that the interview
would not occur but on the day before I was supposed to leave I got a
call from my aunt (thanks and thank you Lodhi sahab) at 10pm that
Miandad was waiting for my call :) Wow! I picked up the phone and was
very thankful to him that I got to chat for about 20 minutes. Thank you
Miandad sahab - it was a pleasure talking to you.
FICA looks like it might finally "step up" as they say in baseball. And they should pay attention to US sports players' union efforts:
Smith said the players have realised their worth
after being showered with millions of dollars by the Indian Premier
League and its rival Indian Cricket League and feel they are better
prepared to handle the game's functioning.
"We believe that
because the players are better organised and that talent has been
radically revalued by the Indian leagues it's time to look at whether
the players can do a better job than the current policy makers," Smith
Finally, Samir Chopra's angle on the IPL media entanglement:
A peculiar market logic drives all of the IPL's actions; in its view,
the game is a commodity that has to be marketed, one which could be
rendered uselessly common and must be kept scarce (but only in
marketing, not in actual competition, the market for which will
magically expand provided the right sort of marketing is used).