Mumbai, Oct. 2 : – If the Indian cricket board’s new policy of recognizing the players’ performance is to be believed, the winner of the Man of the Match (MoM) award at the end of the ODI is not necessarily to be the “Best Player of the Day”. The BCCI, in the recent series against Australia, has introduced the new system of announcing two different awards i.e. Man of the Match and Player of the Day and accordingly two different players were named the winners in each of the five ODIs’ completed on Sunday. Axar Patel was named the Player of the Day and Rohit Sharma was declared the winner of the MoM award. “I am not sure but one reason could be to satisfy the sponsors”, one of the BCCI officials said. “There is no difference between these two. It is nothing but the stupidity”, the official added. “If they wanted to oblige the sponsors, they could have kept some other name to this award. It is rather surprising that the MoM winner is not the Player of the Day and the Player of the Day is not the Man of the Match”. “I am not aware whether this practice would continue in future”. “We wonder how the BCCI’s Marketing People agreed to sponsors’ this demand”. T.C. Mathew, who was (he is no more attached with the post) associated with the Marketing Department is likely to have had agreed with the sponsors. Despite repeated attempts, he was not available for comments. Interestingly, Nathan Coulter-Nile was named as the Most Bankable Player of the Series and Hardik Pandya, the Man of the Series.Apparently, only the names of the MoM and the Man of the Series are mentioned in the score-books as they are considered to be the pride awards. The BCCI has also made a policy that none of its official, though being at the dais, would give away the prizes. Anand Jaiswal (Vidarbha Cricket Association) and CK Khanna (BCCI’s acting president) were on stage at the presentation in the different ODIs’ recently, but they were the mute spectators.
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