A touch nervy for a start. By the time this column appears on the world wide web or in print, the BCCI meeting that involves some of the greatest to have graced the game would be well and truly on its way.
The focal point of discussion will be on the appointment of a new coach. I am certainly on for an Indian coaching Team India. The reasons are too obvious to be stated and I have written or said a lot on that already, and I don't believe I need to dwell on those points anymore.
There will also be a lot of talk on the resurrection of the first class system in the country. Believe me, there is good talent that is available, but the wickets on which our first class cricket is played does not prepare these young players for the sterner tests which international cricket throws up.
When I was the chairman of the pitch committee, I made an honest attempt to make the pitches, at least those of the major venues, livelier. But it was not an easy task, given the way our surfaces are made out. It was to be a long drawn process. I felt we lost track somewhere.
Here are my views, in short form, on the matter: domestic cricket should be treated better by the media. I hear the players are going to be given a substantial hike, which is as it should be. Better and truer wickets, along with the above said, will make the domestic scene worthwhile.
Unless there is a good reservoir, the team is going to face crisis regularly. And for that to happen, all points have to fall in place quickly. I am not trying to please anyone when I say thanks to the BCCI for having the faith in former cricketers to address one of the biggest crises to have hit Indian cricket.
Well, there is going to be no cricket at the World Cup for two days, and the meeting could not have been timed better. We can keep our focus solely on the meeting. But one thing is getting clear in the Caribbean: Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa (not in that order) are breaking free from the other sides and are sure to make the knockouts.
Any other team making it to the next stage is as likely as snowfall in my city.