Sourav Ganguly, the prince of kolkatta, the god of offside and the first aggressive leader of Indian Cricket will finally bid goodbye to International cricket in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. This post is not dedicated for praising his achievements, but a closer look at the BCCI retirement scheme. Last one year has been particularly tough for Ganguly and he will get the benifit of retiring early (earlier than his mates, sachin and dravid) in terms of good media deals. BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) which was playing the role of Bad Boss for the last two years has given DADA a chance to redeem himself and get out of cricket gracefully (Rather than being thrown out). Being trhown out of the Indian squad regularly was humiliating for Ganguly, a fact he accepted when he said,”I was tired of being humiliated again and again”. This is even tougher for a more aggressive person.
The more corporate BCCI has forged out a nice retirement scheme : Retire Gracefully Scheme for Elders (RGSE)
The next ones to be given (forcefully) this scheme are Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. I don’t think Sourav Ganguly has willingly taken this decision. It seems to me as part of a contract which says ” You can play this series only if you announce you retirement “. I am not in favour of any such methods but I feel such decision, whether forecefull or not will help evolve a new platform for the ones who are raring to make a mark on the future of Indian Cricket.