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Old October 18, 2004, 10:25 PM
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I assume everyone's read this piece. Comments?

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A king and his Test baby
Al-Amin

When cricket's governing body ICC met in Lahore on October 16 it was not surprising that cricket affairs of Bangladesh along with Zimbabwe topped the agenda for all the wrong reasons.

The game's experts branded Bangladesh as a team not competitive enough to meet the desired standard so the argument was they should play fewer matches.

The Zimbabwe cricket authorities went into the meeting with a racist's tag after a nearly six-month dispute with their rebel captain Heath Streak.

So in the gentlemen's court both boards in question felt they needed strong representatives to tell their sides of the story to the other eight apprehensive full member-nations.

It was however not clear how Mahbubul Anam, who represented Bangladesh in Lahore, fought the case for the cricket-crazy South Asian nation or whether the Zimbabweans stunned the audience in silence with an emotional speech on racism that the Heath Streak's forefathers had firmly planted in the former Rhodesia.

We are however only interested to know if Mahbub had made an honest statement about a Test baby that was born in June 2000 which is now being nourished at the hands of a submissive king whose every decision is influenced by a powerful 'prince'.

Did he tell the progressive moves the king had taken ever since a court verdict suspended a democratic body thanks to a little twist from a modern-day 'Mir Zafar'?

It augured well at the onset as the king quickly realised the need of a set of advisors to take care of the baby. They sat together and after burning the proverbial midnight oil came to the conclusion. The baby should grow up like an Australian infant does. The argument behind that was very, very strong -- the Aussies are the best.

So they started to fill every coaching position with an Australian no matter whether someone is a human movement specialist or a rugby expert. The odd pick in an otherwise all-Australian combination was a Zimbabwean, who was the commander-in-chief. The outcome was predictable and the king got some test-tube babies.

But just when the king took them out in the open air to acclaim his biggest success in three years he got the shock of his life. He found them physically strong but felt that somewhere along the manufacturing process something had gone wrong. They are not ready to take up the battle.

In the meantime those who are already fighting and losing the battle one after another started to send SOS signals. But the king, who was working in a High Performance laboratory, suddenly discovered that he had nothing in reserve.

The fear of a premature demise of the baby gripped the ruler and suspecting an outcry from his subjects, the king cut off all communications and apparently decided not to face the masses.

His fears are not baseless. A huge rage is brewing up in minds of those subjects.

Their first point of dissatisfaction was how could the king be so preoccupied with the welfare of only 20 odd babies. He spent all his time and money in bringing them up. His one-track obsession left him oblivious of what was happening in other parts of his kingdom. His domestic structure, on which the Test baby came into being, was on the verge of collapse. The caretakers who selflessly looked after it long before he came to power had lost their jobs.

The king was shielded by a council of advisors, who in reality had little connection with what was going on outside the castle. The children of his subjects were denied a chance to prove themselves through a competition that was very popular in the past. Another failure on the king's part was his inability to set the 15 centres of excellence.

Now the king must decide. He either has to relinquish his authority acknowledging that he was a puppet ruler paving the way for the crown prince to take over or he could bow to the demand of his subjects and return to a democratic rule.
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Old October 18, 2004, 10:57 PM
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Where did it appear?
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Old October 18, 2004, 11:16 PM
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Daily Star special section on the series, the link is on BC home page. I don't know who the "king", "prince" etc necessarily is. Thought it was a bit brutal to include in this section but interesting though.
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Old October 18, 2004, 11:16 PM
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yea its good one, real kick in the behind....
http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/10/19/d41019041039.htm
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Old October 18, 2004, 11:41 PM
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What the heck is the writer talking about? What's up with the stupid metaphors?
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Old October 18, 2004, 11:54 PM
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Beats me... i think he's talking about the honchos in the BCB. Is chacha meant to be the mir zafar? *shrug*
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Old October 18, 2004, 11:56 PM
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king is obviously Loby
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Old October 19, 2004, 12:06 AM
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king is loby, prince is zia jr.
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Old October 19, 2004, 12:34 AM
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who is the fat cat whose pic was included?
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Old October 19, 2004, 12:45 AM
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Its loby I think.

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who is the fat cat whose pic was included?
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Old October 19, 2004, 01:00 AM
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What kind of name is loby? it has to be one of the dummest name that I have ever heard.

anyway is he somehow related to Chinese people?
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Old October 19, 2004, 01:30 AM
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Man, when you have to resort to metaphors in an English, not Bangla, newspaper lest you upset powers that be...kinda reminds me of Ershad amol.

Meanwhle Jon Stewart of ComedyCentral here has written a book that has a doctored pic all the 7 U.S. Supreme Court justices naked. And his book is a bestseller.

Edited on, October 19, 2004, 6:30 AM GMT, by Arnab.
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Old October 19, 2004, 02:06 AM
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Personally. I found the article off putting. I guess alot of people love the sarcasm but in the context of BD cricket I would have expected more constructive criticisms.

I know what the writer is trying to say but i thought it was'nt done in a savvy manner. That's all.
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Old October 19, 2004, 09:58 AM
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I liked the metaphor "test tube baby". That's exactly what the powers in BCB were trying to produce........Dhaka league brought us the test status and I fail to understand how these "morons" failed to organize this league!!! Somebody should pay for negligence........These "morons" really need some kick on their *** and this type of writing can only help.
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Old October 19, 2004, 10:48 AM
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Nice one!

Edited on, October 19, 2004, 6:40 PM GMT, by sports_fan_bd.
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Old October 19, 2004, 11:06 AM
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Who is this Al-amin? Guess it is not Rafique (BC staff), by any chance
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Old October 19, 2004, 11:43 AM
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Obviously Al-Amin is someone who writes for the Daily Star.
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Old October 19, 2004, 11:53 AM
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I rarely have a chance to read Daily Star. Barring Rabeed Imam, most BD sports columns always seem leave me with a weird taste in my mouth with their labored usage of the language.

http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/10/19/d41019041039.htm

Above is a link to an article by someone named Al Amin. I dont about everybody else. For some reason, I have no clue what on Gods earth is he talking about.

I struggled past the piece couple of times. Maybe Im more naf of the inner politics of BCB. I just dont get his euphemism.

Whos supposed to be the King and who is the conspiring prince?

Can anyone please decode this guys ranting and make some sense for rest of us mortals?
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Old October 19, 2004, 11:56 AM
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we already have another thread about his article.
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Old October 19, 2004, 11:56 AM
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This is really funny. Its good to see that I'm not the only one who's struggling with the article.

Right after my posting, I saw Rafiq's.
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