SURPRISE: Javagal Srinath in a controversy

First it was some unnamed official/cricketer in the Pakistan Cricket Board. Now it is Dilip Vengsarkar. After having successfully staved off even the faintest whiff of a controversy all through his playing career, has Javagal Srinath finally—finally!—been embroiled in one?

The issue is Srinath’s selection as a second tier ICC match referee. Somebody in the PCB first let word out that the PCB was displeased because three of its own people had been overlooked in favour of Srinath. It hinted that Sunil Gavaskar had played dirty. And then it denied saying any such thing.

Now, Vengsarkar has jumped into the ring. The Bombay batsman, never very close to Gavaskar (for some thrilling non-cricketing reasons, which we cannot divulge), has said he had jumped into the ICC referee fray only after he had been promised that he would get it.

And believe it or not, Vengsarkar, whose cup of dough is overflowing with his thriving Elf academy, his involvement with the Mumbai Cricket Association, and the National Cricket Academy, among other things, says he is sorely disappointed at having lost out to Srinath!

Srinath, of course, has predictably stayed away from the row. But in choosing the Mysorean over Vengsarkar, Kiran More and Shivlal Yadav has Gavaskar played a neat trick or made a wise move?