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Pataudi Lecture: BCCI secy opposes names proposed by GM Karim

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BCCI today expressed strong reservations to the four names proposed by the GM (Operations) for delivering the annual key note address at the MAK Memorial Lecture on June 12 in Bengaluru, prior to the one-off Test against

The lecture, which is held during the annual awards ceremony, features an of yesteryear addressing a relevant issue of the game.

In a chain of e-mails (which is in possession of PTI), GM (Operations) had proposed the names of ex-Sourav Ganguly, former English captains and along with former Sri Lankan

There were three topics selected by Karim: 1) Peace and sustainability through - Relevant since is a wonderful story, 2) Behaviour and conduct of international players in the modern age - Players perspective, and 3) Cricket as an Olympic Sport - Way forward.

While member zeroed in on Sangakkara with chief "endorsing" the choice, former top cop Amitabh in his mail made it clear that legends of yesteryear should be invited to address the gathering as this is not an "elocution contest".

Interestingly, CK Khanna and stuck to the options provided by Karim. Khanna was happy to go with either Sangakkara or Ganguly while Aniruddh wanted Ganguly or Pietersen to speak on Players' Behaviour.

However, Amitabh in his tersely-worded mail made it clear what he felt about Saba's options.

What has possibly irked Amitabh even more was that when Karim had sought his suggestions, he had given a few names which the GM (Cricket Operations) conveniently ignored while preparing the final list.

"When the matter was discussed with me at a couple of days ago, I had suggested we also look for probable speakers amongst distinguished cricketers of yesteryears such as Contractor, Chandu Borde, and Abbas Ali Baig," Amitabh wrote in his mail sent to and office-bearers including and Karim.

While Karim's recommendation was based on his search for "former test cricketers of stature who are currently involved as either Commentators, Coaches or Administrators," the felt that "elocution skills" was being given more weighage.

"Unfortunately, when the proposal came there was no mention of any of these past cricketers. As I understand Tiger Memorial Lecture is not an elocution contest and reasonable communication skills are all that we should look for. It is meant to bring to the fore the evolution of the game, what it meant to play for the country in the old days, the hardships of the time, challenges of the future and the like," Amitabh wrote.

He also gave his reasons why he felt a Borde or would be more relevant for this lecture.

"These cricketers have even had the distinction of having played alongside Tiger and if any of them agrees it could provide the much needed perspective on how cricket has evolved from those years of challenge."

Amitabh then went on to explain the rationale behind his choices.

"was the of the touring Indian team to when he was struck by a bouncer and the brave man faced it all. This had resulted in Tiger taking over as the youngest ever having to lead a team of stalwarts such as Manjrekar, Borde, Nadkarni, Jaishima and Umrigar," he said.

"was one of the most prolific batsmen of the day while Prasanna became the fastest Indian (during his time) to take hundred wickets in Tests,," he further wrote.

"Consequently, I am unable to agree to the proposal unless the ones named are disqualified for other reasons. I would earnestly request a further effort to seek one of them."

While making it clear that he does not agree with any of the proposals, Amitabh did not forget to mention how he has been overruled in the past and will have no option but to go with decision.

"As in the past on so many occasions, if overruled, I will have no option but to go with the decision which emerges from these communications," he concluded.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 15:25 IST