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    August 25, 2004

    Even as the cricket boards of Australia, India and Pakistan decided to share all revenues from the ongoing Videocon Series in Amstelveen, it was obvious that the Dutch cricket board was at the mercy of the spectators. If there were no full houses, i.e. not enough gate collections, they were doomed. They'd spent a lot of money setting up the infrastructure, providing a decent pitch, outfield and erecting the stands on grounds which had so far hosted just one ODI, in 1999.

    The tournament has been really hit hard by the rain. Not a single game has been unaffected. Both matches where there was play were restricted to less than 33 overs a side. One of those two games didnt even get to the start of the second innings. Today's game between Australia and Pakistan was a non-starter. Obviously crowds have not been thronging the venue, since all they need to do is look out of the window of their home/hotel room and they know play is either unlikely or certainly going to be delayed. With inclement weather predicted for the next few days, the final, if it does take place, also seems almost certain to be an abridged affair. Effectively, the Dutch cricket association will earn a pittance from gate revenues. But the big 3 boards will go home with a lot of money in the kitty. So much so for globalization of the game and promoting cricket among non-traditional cricket playing countries. If you cant be selfless enough to share a bounty, then you dont deserve to be called a benefactor of cricket.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 6:22 PM |
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