In a development that is a disturbing reminder of the BCCI's increasingly insular and inward-looking attitude, many of its most senior officials have completely forgotten about New Zealand. In a recent meeting to discuss, among other things, bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, the upcoming T20 Champion's League and the participants of the England players in the IPL, not one mention was made of New Zealand in the entire three hours.
Things came to a head when Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, speaking on the state of test cricket, said “Meaningless test series, such as those between Australia and can safely be scrapped in favour of lucrative T20 matches. Players from will also benefit from such a move, since they can play in winning teams for a change.”, omitting the words 'New Zealand' completely from his statements.
When a member of the press tried to remind the BCCI officials about the country's existence, he was met with varied responses such as “Eh? What? Never heard of it.”, “ Oh yeah – that country that's near the edge of the map in RISK. Or was it Civilization IV?”, and “ You reporters are all the same. Next you'll be saying that there's a huge country called 'Canada' right next to the United States!”