Comments for en-gb 30 Sat 27 Dec 2014 09:46:43 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at SuperStrikerShivam EHHH BOSSSE!!! Mon 05 Jan 2009 14:25:44 GMT+1 stkittsjed I have a suggestion on how to make the WICB work for west indies cricket .Cricket can be an economic booster for the west indies , why not have the sports ministries of the governments of the west indies countries come together and form the WICB that will be accountable to the governments? This way all their workings will be transparent .If the job of nurturing west indies cricket is not done properly they will be voted out of office just like the politicians? At the moment the WICB is made up of people, who based on their actions have shown to be ineffective as the guardians of West Indies cricket;and what makes it even worst is that they are not made to be held accountable by anyone or anyother oversight body. The WICB and its rulers are analagous to Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe. Sat 20 Dec 2008 23:11:41 GMT+1 hifirob This post has been Removed Sat 20 Dec 2008 08:33:42 GMT+1 sweetsmellofsuccess OMG! Mihir replied to some comments!Notwithstanding that the IPL planners "looked at" the EPL, this doesn't mean that the IPL was based on the EPL. I might look at Buckingham Palace when I build a loft extension - doesn't mean my new attic is based on Buckingham Palace. The commenter was correct - the IPL is a franchise-based system where there is no relegation/promotion, with the most successful teams meeting in a grand final. The EPL is club-based, has promotion and relegation, and the winner is the one at the top of the league, not the winner of any play-off. There are some commonalities in marketing and business planning, but then, by that logic, the NHL, NBA, EPL, SuperLeague and USPGA are all interconnected. Thw whole Stanford exercise was a miserable, poorly planned mistake. The wise thing would be to start re-arranging the domestic cricket schedules so that the IPL can become an extended northern hemisphere competition, including England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. England could be represented by regional teams if necessary. Fri 19 Dec 2008 14:13:27 GMT+1 mihir-bose hifirob,I stand by my statement that the Indian premier League has been modelled on the English Premier League. I do so because I know the business planning that went on for the IPl. This started well over two years ago and the Indians closely studied English football's most successful product in modern times. Their economic analysis and other business studies concentrated hard on the way the EPL functioned and the returns available.. It is also a fact that one of the motivations for launching the IPl was the worry in India that the televising of Premier league games was so successful that future generations of Indians may be attracted away from cricket to football. While football has always been popular in India, it has never had the cache of cricket but televising of English and Champions league football is threatening to change that. Yes, the IPl also looked at the NFL. But then before the Premier league was formed the then barons of the English game eager to have a breakaway super league,also studied the NFl . Some of the NFL ideas of marketing and collective selling of televised rights were copied. Franchising is a common theme of the NFL and IPL,, and one not shared with the EPL, but that is only one strand in this model, not the only thing. Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:15:02 GMT+1 jonesstrikesback Oh dear... But why am I not surprised. The ECB gets into bed with an American trying to throw money at a game that no one in America wants. That should be the angel of the blog chap. Why did the ECB go with Stanford? because they were outflanked, out gunned and maneuvered by the Indians. The future of the British game is by all accounts in decline because the ECB make such out of touch and outlandish decisions. Time for an overhaul in the Long room. But I guess that wouldn't be cricket. I suggest everyone starts a mexican wave in the next test at the home of cricket... keep it up for an hour! Fri 19 Dec 2008 10:36:36 GMT+1 hifirob Oh dear - back to form for Mihir - thought after the last blog we were going to see a steady improvement - you really are the Harmison of the BBC sports department! Anyway, just to correct you, the IPL is nothing like the EPL - it is a franchised based competition, with player bidding etc - it is loosely based on the NFL - the only similarity between the two is the name. Fri 19 Dec 2008 08:47:24 GMT+1 notouttv ECB can do lot more and lot better if they can clearly see the big picture. The English players are the ones suffering at the moment.As far as WI Cricket or, for that matter American Cricket is concerned, it's run by corrupt administrators who see cricket as means to enhance their pockets.West Indian cricket needs good administrators, who are disciplined and carry a genuine passion to improve cricket. The important task ahead of them is to ignite the passion at grassroots and nurture it, and world will certainly see another VIV (Richards) or an ANDY (Roberts).In America, Professional sports is overly marketed and squeezed out all juice. For Cricket to make an impression and snatch crowds from other established sports like Football (American), Baseball or Basketball, is simply not possible with the existing setup. Whoever is thinking of bringing cricket to America is seeing certainly disillusioned. Fri 19 Dec 2008 00:55:58 GMT+1 boils Wow Mihir has really come out with some enlightening analysis here. Thu 18 Dec 2008 23:34:57 GMT+1 adrian bunting I live in Antigua, and unfortunately see the decline in interest in cricket here is deep and will not be easily changed. Basketball and football are on the up and the ludicrous decision to move cricket away from the ARG combine to unfortunately hasten the demise. Whatever Mr Stanfords ambitions are, which I think are unclear, it does require money (who else is offering it), and dedication to revive WI cricket. Unless India include the WI in their plans Mr Stanford is the only hope there is. Thu 18 Dec 2008 22:31:49 GMT+1 levdavidovich I am told, or I was when growing up, that telling tales is rude, unless you name names and give times, venues etc. Thu 18 Dec 2008 20:30:08 GMT+1 williemcdonald This post has been Removed Thu 18 Dec 2008 20:18:09 GMT+1