Mumbai: What was meant to be a great occasion - India's 2011 World Cup-winning team being officially honoured by their bosses, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)- was marred by an ugly cocktail of poor management and high-handedness by the powers that run Indian cricket.
The most "striking feature" of the evening: The BCCI invited former India captains including 1983 World Cup-winning skipper, Kapil Dev, who appears to have made his peace with the BCCI after the rebel Indian Cricket League episode. Kapil and MS Dhoni sharing the stage would have been an apt way to celebrate, but what does the BCCI do? Keep him in the audience while their big wigs give away the biggest honours of the evening - the CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award to Salim Durani and the Polly Umrigar award to Sachin Tendulkar, the outstanding cricketer of 2009-10. These awards were given away by BCCI chief Shashank Manohar and president elect N Srinivasan even as legends Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar et al were in the audience.The question on most lips was: "why was Kapil called in the first place?"
"I am sure Kapil is hurt about this, although he won't talk about it and mar the function," said a former teammate of the 1983 captain.