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    December 02, 2005

    Whose fault is it anyway?

    The first day of the opening test between India & Sri Lanka at Chennai was called off due to rain.

    Given that tomorrow's forecast reads "Scattered thunderstorms" and the anticipated onslaught of Cyclone Baaz tomorrow, the game looks all set to be significantly affected by rain.

    I'd say it is highly unlikely that there'd be any scope of a result, even given the fact that the atmospheric and pitch conditions would help bowlers. Who is answerable for this? The BCCI and the TNCA of course. The India-South Africa one-dayer at the MA Chidambaram Stadium was washed out ten days ago.

    In spite of the scheduling screw-up, India could actually sneak up on England and end up at #2 on the ICC rankings.

    Given that England are currently struggling at Lahore and likely to lose by an innings, and the series 2-0, India would need to ensure that they win the series by a margin of at least one test. If England do manage to save the Lahore test, India will need to win 2-0.

    Like I mentioned in that write-up, it wasn't the first time a game had been scheduled at Madras in the monsoon (North-East) season. I just hope it is the last time something idiotic like this took place. The best time for cricket in Madras is really between January and March. Of course, if we're playing England or New Zealand, we really ought to be playing them in April, May or June. After all, they do ambush us in weather conditions friendly to them. So why shouldn't we?

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    Eh? The last time England hosted India, the Tests were played at the end of the season, which presumably would favour India. Certainly I wouldn't expect early-season conditions in England to be the Indian players' choice.

    By Anonymous Geoff (05-Dec-2005, 8:22:00 PM)  

    Geoff, we didn't reckon with one of our own playing a modern day Jardine with the great Ashley Giles aiming at the batsmens' buttocks. That said, we definitely played pathetically after Mohali. In addition, we played England in [I think] December-January. I was talking about hosting England in conditions they'd be _definitely_ unfamiliar with: i.e. April, May & June when the minimum temperature would be around 35 degrees C :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (06-Dec-2005, 12:59:00 PM)  

    I see, so 'After all, they do ambush us in weather conditions friendly to them' was in the sense that the weather conditions in England are never favourable to the Indian side, not that England hosted them at the wrong time of the season. Now it makes sense.

    By Anonymous Geoff (06-Dec-2005, 4:35:00 PM)  


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