What’s with the Bongs

I came across this on cricinfo today.

The axing of Sourav Ganguly has triggered off a national debate that will take on political dimensions when it is discussed in Parliament next week. Somnath Chatterjee, the speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, announced this while adding that “a great injustice has been done to Ganguly because of politics in the game”.

Ganguly had already received backing from political quarters, with Pranab Mukherjee, the defence minister, and Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, chief minister of West Bengal, among the many big guns who attributed Ganguly’s exclusion to political manoeuvers.

No offence to Bengalis, but why is it that only Bengali politicians are raising a hue and cry. If Ganguly was sacked on cultural or regional bias, I can understand.

I think Sharad Pawar says it well

Sharad Pawar, the president of the BCCI, made it clear that he would not ask the selectors to revise their decision but added that he would meet them and dicuss the logic behind the move. On the issue being discussed in Parliament, he said, “It’s quite unfortunate when people who always say there should be no politics in the game themselves indulge in these tactics.”