New Delhi, July 31 -- Will the players' association work? The unluckiest dismissal in cricket is a batsman getting run out without facing a ball, at the non-striker's end while backing up.

The new BCCI-approved Indian Cricketers' Association (ICA) is doomed to suffer a similar fate. A player association was a long-felt need in India but what we get is a body unrepresentative in nature and hopelessly inadequate in scope. Sadly, it is no better than the dinner party where half the guests are declined food and the rest served only starters, not the main course.

The ICA does not represent all players, only those who have retired. And even here, there is a catch because 'conditions apply'. Players must satisfy eligibility conditions and apply...