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    August 16, 2006

    A radical suggestion

    Given that the rain tournament triangular series in Sri Lanka is unlikely to see any action, because of rain and terrorism, would it make sense to shift the matches to, say, Bangladesh, India or Pakistan?

    The gate revenues could be split in the proportion of capacities of the stadium. So, if the Sinhalese Sports Club had a capacity of 50,000 and the Gaddafi Stadium could hold 60,000 folks, the gate revenues would be split by the Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket in a 6:5 ratio. Ditto for in-stadia advertising rights. Now sponsorship & TV rights could be a nightmare, given how lucrative they are. But I'm sure the bean-counters can work something out on similar lines. Given that TEN Sports has the exclusive international cricket telecast rights for Pakistan & Sri Lanka (at least telecast to Indian viewers), there won't be a conflict if the games were shifted to Pakistan.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 2:44 PM |
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    yea true, atleast we wont have the rain-threat in pakistan.

    By Blogger Ganesh (16-Aug-2006, 2:56:00 PM)  

    not sure whether the proteas will travel to pakistan though.

    Best thing would have been to shift the tournament out of colombo, possibly to dambulla, where there is no rain or terrosimt threat.

    By Anonymous Maleen (17-Aug-2006, 8:01:00 AM)  

    maleen - Dambulla was left out because of political in-fighting in Sri Lanka's administration. But I suspect rain would _still_ have been a factor in Dambulla.

    By Blogger Jagadish (17-Aug-2006, 7:28:00 PM)  

    No, Dambulla stadium was built because it doesn't rain there, when the other part of the country gets rain.
    If dambulla is unavailable, then Kandy would have been a possibility.

    By Anonymous Maleen (17-Aug-2006, 9:19:00 PM)  

    maleen: Thanks for the insight. Wasn't aware of the geography of Sri Lanka. I thought all of Sri Lanka had rains between July & September.

    By Blogger Jagadish (18-Aug-2006, 12:00:00 AM)  

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