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Monday, October 31, 2005

More on insults

I missed this one when Worma posted it -- but it's worth putting up here as a main post (thanks, Maher, for throwing it up in comments). A list of the last 20 Tests played in India, which should indicate whether or no some decent form of rotation is happening:

Eng 1st Test in Ind 2001/02 at Chandigarh
Eng 2nd Test in Ind 2001/02 at Ahmedabad
Eng 3rd Test in Ind 2001/02 at Bangalore
Zim 1st Test in Ind 2001/02 at Nagpur
Zim 2nd Test in Ind 2001/02 at Delhi
WI 1st Test in Ind 2002/03 at Mumbai
WI 2nd Test in Ind 2002/03 at Chennai
WI 3rd Test in Ind 2002/03 at Kolkata
NZ 1st Test in Ind 2003/04 at Ahmedabad
NZ 2nd Test in Ind 2003/04 at Chandigarh
Aus 1st Test in Ind 2004/05 at Bangalore
Aus 2nd Test in Ind 2004/05 at Chennai
Aus 3rd Test in Ind 2004/05 at Nagpur
Aus 4th Test in Ind 2004/05 at Mumbai
SA 1st Test in Ind 2004/05 at Kanpur
SA 2nd Test in Ind 2004/05 at Kolkata
Pak 1st Test in Ind 2004/05 at Chandigarh
Pak 2nd Test in Ind 2004/05 at Kolkata (refused to play in Ahmedabad)
Pak 3rd Test in Ind 2004/05 at Bangalore (Delhi stadium wasn't ready)

To come: SL three tests at Delhi, Kanpur, Chennai; England three tests at Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Mumbai.

3 Comments:

  • I am appalled to see that South is always short changed when it comes to deciding venues for matches. Why is Hyderabad not there in the list? They now have the best cricket stadium in the country (Visaka International Cricket Stadium - yes it is even better than Mohali, the so called best stadium of the country). Gujarat can get 3 matches in a row (Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Baroda) but Hyderabad gets none?

    By Blogger Deepak, at 20:07  

  • And this was Prabu's sorted list from the previous thread, which shows a perfectly equal distribution.

    The next time a team wonders where they would play, hey all they need to do is extrapolate from this data!!!!



    Ahmedabad
    Ahmedabad
    Ahmedabad
    Bangalore
    Bangalore
    Bangalore
    Chandigarh
    Chandigarh
    Chandigarh
    Chennai
    Chennai
    Chennai
    Delhi
    Delhi
    Kanpur
    Kanpur
    Kolkata
    Kolkata
    Kolkata
    Mumbai
    Mumbai
    Mumbai
    Nagpur
    Nagpur
    Nagpur

    There's the sorted list including the SL and Eng tests. Seems quite fair doesn't it?

    By Blogger TFFY, at 22:13  

  • England ask India to rethink gruelling schedule

    Andrew Culf
    Tuesday November 1, 2005
    The Guardian

    England are seeking an urgent rethink by the Indian cricket board of the itinerary for next spring's tour amid fears it will prove too gruelling for players and supporters. The schedule, released after weeks of delay, bypasses several large venues, including Calcutta, Delhi, Madras and Bangalore, that have the biggest stadiums and largest volume of high-quality hotel accommodation.

    The first two Tests will be staged well off the tourist track, in Ahmedabad and Nagpur, and Goa is the only city with a reputation for tourism among the seven one-day international venues.

    Although the England and Wales Cricket Board has been diplomatic in public, officials are dismayed by the amount of travelling the team faces, particularly between the largely unknown one-day venues. They also recognise it will be difficult to accommodate players' partners and families and fear many supporters might choose not to travel.

    England believe they have been unfairly treated in comparison with Australia, whose four-Test tour last year included matches in Bangalore and Madras, as well as Mumbai, where England will play the third Test in March.

    Some see the scheduling as part of a move by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to destabilise the England team, others merely as a typically chaotic move by a board riven by internal disputes.

    An ECB spokesman said: "The ECB has learnt of the itinerary proposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and will be discussing it internally and with the BCCI before responding."

    The ECB hopes it will be able to convince the Indian board to change at least one of the Test venues but believes time is running out and the issue will have to be resolved within the next fortnight.

    The Indian board insists the schedule is part of its venue rotation policy and the secretary Karunakaran Nair said the itinerary would be confirmed only after consultations with the ECB on logistics. The first one-day international will be staged in Goa only if the venue is cleared after an investigation into duplicate ticket selling at a one-day match between India and Australia in 2001.

    The schedule has disappointed travel companies, which had noted a surge of interest after England's Ashes victory in the summer. Gullivers has had 1,300 inquiries and its cricket manager Claire Powell said: "The schedule makes it more challenging but Mumbai is touristy and we have been frantically contacting hotels and airlines to put packages together."

    She expected about 150 supporters to make the trip to India, compared with 700 who travelled to the West Indies in 2004. Gullivers expect to take 1,000 to Australia for the Ashes tour in 2005-06. The far-flung nature of the itinerary will make it difficult for the Barmy Army to travel around India. They might also be deterred from attending the first Test in Ahmedabad where alcohol is banned.

    David Higgins, manager of Kuoni Sport Abroad, said: "We will try to put together options so people can experience the cricket and some of the country. We hope the itinerary will not be a major issue, although one venue is a dry state. I'm not sure how people will view that."

    Tour dates: Test matches: Mar 8-12: Ahmedabad; Mar 16-20: Nagpur; Mar 25-29: Mumbai. One-day internationals: Apr 4: Goa; Apr 7: Indore; Apr 10: Guwahati; Apr 13: Faridabad; Apr 16: Cuttack; Apr 19: Cochin; Apr 22: Visakhapatnam.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 22:54  

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