IPL need not destroy technical excellence

Cricket writers these days think long and hard before they pass judgement on Indian cricket. The Twittersphere is awash with examples of irate Indian ‘supporters’ lashing out at perceived slights. The language of debate is always unreasonable and often disgraceful, a reminder that out East, cricket is much more than a game.

So reader comments need to be understood in that context where Indian cricket is concerned, which made those underneath a piece on the website Cricinfo recently all the more interesting. ‘Way to go,’ ‘decision to be applauded’, ‘positive step for the right reasons’, ‘good decision’, ‘fantastic move’, were just some of the comments and then, revealingly, ‘it should always be your country first, and then the rest.’

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