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    October 22, 2009

    Packed calendar, or taking audiences and spectators for granted?

    Are cricket administrators taking TV audiences and ground spectators for granted?

    The Champions League Twenty20 final is on a Friday.

    The 2008 2009 Champions Trophy final was on a Monday.

    The Ind-SL-NZ tri-series final was on a Monday.

    How do you explain 'grand' finals being held on week-days? It perhaps makes sense to have the final on a Saturday, with the Sunday being the spare day in case it rains on the parade.

    But Mondays? Is it because TV channels don't want to have too many sporting events over the weekend, thereby risking advertisement revenue? But this is cricket, and when India is involved, the advertisers flock! No?

    Is this because the schedule has become so jam-packed that there's absolutely no other option?

    Hauritz, Lee and Bollinger could play the first of the 7 ODIs against India 2 days after playing the final of the CL T20. There were a lot more players who had perhaps a break of 3-4 days between the Champions Trophy final and their first CL T20 games.

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