Watching Sri Lankan players argue with their board about postponing an England Test tour so that they can play in the IPL reminds me of a story that is either old fable or an Amar Chitra Katha story that end with " the moral of the story is...". You know, the series of stories where the man kicks a pot of flour, the father and son carry a donkey on their head etc. There was a story in that series, which described a situation that would fit the Twenty20 madness like a glove. I am unable to recollect it and I 've been trying to remember it for a while.
That was a good story that brought out short-sightedness, idiocy, a crass prioritization of short-term gain over longer term gains. This story is very similar to the one where that man's cuts the goose that laid golden eggs. And, I just can't seem to remember that. BCCI, Lalit Modi & Co, on the surface, seem so similar to the pompous lead character of the story who'd confidently do all the bad things. I wouldn't be surprised if IPL becomes a case-study for other sports management folks on what not to do.