Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket

Breaking/Brief news

    May 04, 2010

    More India v Australia coming up?

    Malcolm Conn reports in 'The Australian' that the BCCI has approached Cricket Australia to convert the 7 ODI series (scheduled for October) into a 2 test 3 ODI series.

    On the face of it, the story is incredulous and it seems unprecedented. But in reality it is not.

    There have been at least two previous occasions where Malcolm Conn did not end his write-up with the phrase "India have been the worst behaved team in the last decade".

    Back to the actual news item. This may seem like a brazenly opportunistic move by the BCCI to protect the #1 ranking that India first reached last December and held on to after drawing against South Africa.

    The BCCI is often (and rightly so) accused of giving lip service to test cricket after jumping onto the ODI and T20 bandwagons. This move, and a similar move late last year to get South Africa to play 2 tests in February, shows that there is a section of the board that listens to what the bulk of the players seem to want. Of course, it is perhaps accurate to argue that had India not been #1, the BCCI would have not bothered to reach out to South Africa earlier and Australia now.

    That said, it is quite likely that the overtures were not necessarily one-way traffic. Australia are not scheduled to play any tests between July and November. So they desperately need the tests as well, for different reasons. In addition, if they actually do win against India by say a 2-0 margin, they will definitely get to #2 and possibly reach #1 (if South Africa concede even a single test against West Indies).

    Australia takes on Pakistan at (hold your collective breath!) Lord's and Leeds in July and then host the Ashes. Why are Australia playing Pakistan in England? Easy, because Pakistan were supposed to host Australia this year, and there was a small matter of a terror attack on the bus ferrying the Sri Lankan team.

    As an aside, one of the consequences of the attack was the fact that while Pakistan lost the right to host World Cup matches, it did not lose its status as a host!

    A test series between India and Australia is invariably eagerly anticipated and expected to be a great one to follow. For evidence, see 2003, 2004, 2008 part a and 2008 part b.

    I really hope that the plan comes through. There's an overdose of T20 happening right now, and I really want to watch some test cricket. In fact, I'll probably settle for watching county championship games if they were telecast here!

    Labels: ,

    Thus spake Jagadish @ 11:53 pm |
    Did you like the post? [ Subscribe to the blog feed - Blog Feed | | ]

    0 sledge(s):

    We'd prefer if you posted comments with your real name to add more credibility to your opinions. However, the moderators reserve the right to delete comments, especially those containing offensive or unsuitable language. The opinions in the comments are your own views. You are welcome to provide a URL to your own cricket blog, but the moderators reserve the right to delete comments which only reference sites for viewing live streams.

    Post a Comment

    Links within entries open in a new window. Some of the links may now be broken/not take you to the expected report since the original content providers may have archived/removed the contents. Some of the sites linked may require registration/subscription.
    All opinions expressed are those of the authors alone. The authors' respective employers (past, present or future) are in no way connected to the opinions expressed here.
    All pictures, photographs used are copyrights of the original owners. We do not intend to infringe on any copyright. Pictures and photographs are used here to merely accentuate and enhance the content value to our readers.

    Powered by Blogger Locations of visitors to this page
    RSS Feed - RSS Feed

    Contact us
    cricket24x7 at gmail dot com
    cricket24x7 at yahoo dot com

    How Cricket 24x7 started

    The squad
    Players v/s owners at the IPL
    What is the point of this exercise, BCCI?
    Johnson Cherian, Lalit Modi and a couple of domain...
    A strong link between the IPL and the T20 World Cu...
    Choking at the IPL
    IPL 2010 semi-final prediction
    Last hurrah for quite a few players at the 2010 IP...
    Mitchell Johnson is the new Harry Houdini
    Brett Lee retires, BCCI asks for a rule change
    Sloth Sehwag and it is time to ban football in cri...

    RHS navbar photo source - Tc7

    Partnership between

    Creative Commons License
    Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket by V Ganesh & S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.