Death of a Gentleman, the cricket documentary, is finally set to release in India.
The film, directed by two sport journalists Jarrod Kimber and Sam Collins, who set out to find out the reasons behind Test cricket’s dip in popularity, stumbled upon a larger plot which is hurting international cricket — the murky world of cricket administration and the politics being played by wealthier boards like India, England and Australia to keep the major chunk of revenue with them.
Although N Srinivasan, former BCCI president and then ICC Chairman, stressed in his interview that, “the BCCI is very well-meaning organisation”, the film portrays a completely different picture of the Indian cricket board. It brings to light several instances of the BCCI muscling its way at the ICC and how it cut short the tour of South Africa in 2013 to show its displeasure at Cricket South Africa’s appointment of Haroon Lorgat with whom they had many differences while he was the ICC’s Chief Executive for four years.
There have been major developments in the last few months with the Justice Lodha Commission recommending major changes in the way the BCCI functions and the UK Parliament questioning Giles Clarke to explain England’s role in the Big Three set up.
“The Lord Woolf’s report started it all and we sort of kept it alive as much as we could. Justice Lodha Commission and the UK Parliament will probably finish it off now. If you notice, the Lodha Commission and Woolf’s report pretty much say the same things,” said Kimber via a video conference later on.
The documentary is available digitally in India on TVFPlay.com at Rs 99 per view. But one can watch the documentary anytime, anywhere as many times as possible during the next weeek for a one-time fee of Rs.99 on TVFPlay HERE.