I didn't think there would be occasion to write about Sachin Tendulkar, at least until India went to South Africa. As it is, no one's quite sure yet if India are going to South Africa at all. But here we are, discussing - no, not his retirement, for a change - but what he, simply by being who he is, has done to the international cricket schedule.
Some people say that the reason BCCI has chosen to play hardball with Cricket South Africa is Haroon Lorgat. It could also be one of the other reasons people in the know have put out in the public domain. Though I'm not the big expert on cricket politics and boardroom shenanigans, I choose not to concur. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but as far as I can see, the rescheduling is mainly for the benefit of the Little Big Man. If I am right - and there's no one out there who is likely to confirm or contradict that - then it's terrible. The cricket world cannot be held to ransom for one man. Still, I have to admit, it's also exciting.
A man playing his 200th Test match would make for a very historic occasion indeed. You, of course, have to be Tendulkar to stand a chance of pulling off such an achievement. And when the people running the show are the dollar-eyed BCCI men, it becomes too lucrative a chance to pass up.