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Documentary Death of Gentleman premieres in London on Monday
Famous well-known cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber would be releasing their documentary on cricket- “Death of Gentleman” on Monday. The film is known to have fewer heroes and more villains. The documentary is alleged to be showcasing corruption and scandals in BCCI and its influence on world cricket. The film is yet to be decided to be shown in India. There were many questions asked by reporters to Ravi Shastri about it and he responded that Indian cricket is rich and strong; People will say and do many things. Arun Lal also questioned about Test Cricket and its sanctity whereas N Srinavasm avoided many questions fired over him and remained calm about them. The documentary is known to be a hard hitting picture on Indian Cricket and corruption inside it. The scandals, corruption and cash-rich BCCI is known to have destroyed the gentleman’s game after making Indian Premier League (IPL).
The virus of IPL and menace in BCCI India is known to be spreading across other nations and affecting the quality of cricket especially Test Cricket. It has destroyed the careers of players with the innovation of Boom-Boom shorter format. There has been known attempts by many countries to replicate IPL format and lure players into money rather than cricket. Amongst the deals, the most notorious one known to be a $20m deal for T20 match between Stanford All Stars XI and England team. What perceived to be a perfect entertainment, it has known to be more embarrassing and hampering image of cricket. BCCI has also being accused of using its financial power to involve in happening of ICCI and using it as merely a rubber stamp. BCCI has also influenced other boards like CA (Cricket Australia) and ECB (England Cricket Board. Between the three boards also known as big three- have seized the control of ICCI and controlling them over TV rights and hosting major events of Cricket like World Cup’s of T20 and 50 over format. The film also portrays the loss of power of other cricketing nations like South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand. In fact, it is known that the boards of Australia and England are known as sidekicks of BCCI India. The film also shows a special report on N Srinavasn and Lalit Modi. Also another big question is asked in the film regarding whether Test Cricket has died or on the verge of dying? It also shows the allegations of conflict of interest between power houses in India. However, the film seems to have no mention about current BCCI chairman- Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is known to be the man behind turning BCCI from rags to riches.