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ihateganguly.com becomes cricketwatchdogs.com

22 December 2005 2 Comments

Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)

With its “short term goal partially accomplished”, www.ihateganguly.com, the website apparently created by critics of deposed captain Sourav Ganguly, has now become www.cricketwatchdogs.com, though its essence seems to be the same.
Click on www.ihateganguly.com and you are directed to www.cricketwatchdogs.com, with the following message posted on the redirected website: “With our short-term goal partially accomplished, we now embrace our long term mission – to be cricket’s watchdogs by fostering healthy debates.”
“You will be directed to www.cricketwatchdogs.com shortly…” And there appears the photo of a dog on the home page, with the following line in bold letters “Fostering Healthy Cricket Debates.”
By “short-term goal” the website clearly refers to the ouster of Ganguly from the Indian one-day team.
Ganguly, who was controversially dropped from the third Test with Sri Lanka played here, looks a doubtful candidate for the Indian tour of Pakistan starting next month.\
The goal of the website seems to tease the West Bengal batsman with good humour, if not criticise him in harsh words, as www.ihateganguly.com did.
Also on the home page is a tongue-in-cheek write-up titled “KBC – Kaun Banega Cricketer”, which captures a scene in which the Indian team coach Greg Chappell conducts a quiz competition among the members of the national team to pick the squad for the first drawn Test against Sri Lanka held in Chennai recently.
All cricketers – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Ganguly – are asked to answer the questions by pressing the buzzer.
The piece also refers to the alleged finger gesture of Chappell to Ganguly’s fans in Kolkata before the one-day international against South Africa there last month.
It also refers to former Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya, a staunch Ganguly supporter, and Probir Mukherjee, the chief curator of Kolkata’s Eden Gardens ground.
It is not clear who runs the website. It just says: “We are group of cricket fans interested in the welfare of this great game.”

Courtesy: Hindustan Times.

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