Hat-trick for the BCCI
In the span of five months, there have now been three
matches in India significantly affected by rain. First, a one-dayer against South Africa
, then a test against Sri Lanka
and now a one-dayer against England
As was the case at Chennai/Madras, today's game was scheduled at Guwahati
in Assam when the rains were scheduled to arrive
. If this isn't poor planning, what is? While the spectators' violence must not be condoned
, it is obvious that the spectators at the ground need to be kept informed
about whether there will be a game or not. More critically, those who had valid tickets, deserve their money back! Surely the BCCI has covered for such situations through insurance, so why not give spectators some cheer by returning their money.
Despite the billions
for the BCCI, spectators seem to be the last priority of the administration. This reminds me of the Scott Adams cartoon (can't find it online) where Dilbert's manager announces that although he'd mentioned in his previous briefing that the company considered employees to be the #1 asset, he was wrong and that employees were at #9. Dilbert asks if he could wonder about what was at #8. His boss tells him "Carbon paper". The Indian spectator is in a similar situation.
Ashok Malik points out in his Cricinfo Magazine column
about what the BCCI could do with all this money.
Imagine if you were one of those Indian & English players eager to finally
make your mark on the series
. How would you feel?
As an aside, why should the BCCI
spend Rs. 50 crore on developing other sports