Monday, May 15, 2006

The hits just keep on coming

In the beginning there was the Abu Dhabi tri-series between Ind-Aus-Pak. Then it got split into a tri-series in SL (Ind-SA-SL) and a series against WI in US, and we fretted at the excess of cricket (this was, if you remember, scheduled just before the CT). Now comes the news of an Afro-Asian drama being sandwiched between the above listed acts and the CT. The reason, this time, is political
t is believed that the Indian board were against the continuation of the event, but, as one administrator admitted, there was more involved than cricket. "You have to recognise that there are serious politics at play," he explained, "as well as some personal agenda-settling."

It seems that support for the World Cup bid was tied in with the decision, which was made during the recent ICC executive board meeting in Dubai, and also that the TV company who had signed a three-year deal to broadcast the tournament also had their say.
Or, shall we say, this time its overtly political.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to play devils advocate for a moment, I think the afro-asia cup as a implementation is stupid and crowding the calendar is detestable but i like the idea of tournament that spans the concept of nations. I think playing cricket on nationalistic lines deprives us of seeing the highest quality of cricket possible. imagine seeing the ashes level of standard series being viewed every year. Currently with the standard of international cricket, i'd say 1/6 series are truly well matched, otherwise poor standard and/or one sided.

May 15, 2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger worma said...

Yes but patching players from different countries together doesnt work. As we saw in the supereseries. Such concept need lot of time...teams should be together for atleast a week or more....gell regularly on such basis etc....only then would u see good cricket. And today's calendar does not allow that kind of luxury. So...maybe a nice concept, but hardly likely to be implemented well enough.

May 15, 2006 10:36 PM  

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