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Monday, November 21, 2005

More whining from the Empire

The Guardian now comments on the increasingly ridiculous arrangements for their tour to India. This is a sample (sorry, I couldn't locate original article in the Guardian).

"Agartala, the capital of the impoverished north-eastern state of Tripura might delight the occasional intrepid backpacker with hills on three sides, several lakes and temples and the Bangladesh plains rolling before it, but its main ground has never staged a first class match and the entire state lacks a hotel of even modest quality.
India's apparent disrespect, possibly designed to sap English spirits by keeping them permanently upcountry, should be enough for the England and Wales Cricket Board to abandon its failed policy of polite engagement and if necessary ask the ICC to intervene"


So, calling an Indian state impoverished is obviously OK. Perhaps, the Queen's men didnt get a chance to spread their influence in those parts, hence the backwardness? What about playing our world cup matches (1999) in non-descript places such as Taunton and Bristol? And now, they want the ICC to get involved. How about we get the curators from Lords to prepare the pitches at Chennai too? This is a matter well discussed by Worma and Prem, so nothing more to add. Except that they have gone to levels that I thought even they were incapable of.

Update: Here is the original Guardian article, thanks to Oracle Guy.

65 Comments:

  • the thing is all this is speculation by the media whereas the ECB is keeping silent. now this could be a proxy thing directed by the ECB to pressurise BCCI, now when the ECB makes a formal request they'd worked up a a lot of public reaction. its anothger matter that it might end up working against them

    By Blogger JD, at 15:44  

  • jd,
    The thing is, nobody in UK really thinks that this is not the ECB's statement. Public opinion can be easily swayed by repeatedly drilling such ideas, however ridiculous they sound. I think they are giving the BCCI way too much credit by saying, this was a planned attack

    By Blogger Toney, at 15:48  

  • i just hope this one time BCCI does not back down and give into all this crap

    By Blogger JD, at 15:52  

  • Toney

    i meant learn to react like him .
    [But appearances are very deceptive] . i know how deceptive Rahul is. i have seen him live in challenger series of Feb 2005 when Dravid captain India A and won the title. [ a great series which due to BCCI laziness wasn’t shown on TV , infact the series didn’t have third umpire . only news channels have some footage] he doesn’t react to provocation himself when batting but who said he doesn’t try to unsettle players of opposition himself or in a plan with his team mates , infact he is very good at it. the treatment he gave Ganguly and Sehwag the captain of India senior and India b when they batted and the reaction when Ganguly got run out was thrilling and breath taking . and the way he supported Murli Kartik against umpire decision was inspiring. Dravid always supports his bowlers and fielders but when batting he tells his team mates not to fall in same trap that Indian wants other to fall into. When Dheeraj Jadhav his opener well on his way to make a hundred in the final fell into the trap of fans ragging Ganguly the bowler , Dheeraj trying to show how easy it was to play Ganguly got stumped. Dravid was disappointed and he moved his gloves asking Dheeraj what did he do.


    when England actually get to visit all the great places bcci have arranged for them , they are in for a eye opener. alas a great one. they wont be whining then because India has progressed on its own. thank you.

    By Blogger team, at 15:53  

  • Toney,
    the thing is we all have discussed this, our media spots every eng media's coments for criticising BCCI or here i should say country as whole but none of so called cricket pundit has stand up and ask them ok show me which hotel in ahmedabad or nagpur etc are not of top quality.

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:57  

  • team, responded to your post in the other thread already :)

    Maher, why should we? We dont need them to ratify that we have among the best hotels in the world (and probably the most economical too, in spite of their luxury).

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:02  

  • Nice Going, Toney.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 16:04  

  • u mean to say they shdnt say so officially:-)
    but calling it in private is okee..

    If the English are stupid enough in the first place to assume that we are insulting them...why are you making the same mistake..:-)

    There is no need to react to whatever they say. The BCCI is going to release the dates and venues after the board meeting..and if the ECB has any concerns, it will be adressed...not necessarily accepted.
    The matter ends there..
    let them keep harping till then on whatever they want..

    you want to play in Pak..Go play...
    Pak is not gonna welcome them with open arms...and there is going to be charge for that..

    Even if after all this, they go ahead and do it..there are a thousand ways to annoy them..

    Itz the same case as not annoying the waiter at a restaurant ...lest (u knw what happens then;-)dont u)

    Delaying their flight between games, non arrival of their gear..
    refusing training facilities at the venue before the game..
    or net bowlers..

    big deal...:-)

    after all this, if the tail doesnt get wedged firmly between their legs..just cut it off..:-)

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 16:09  

  • I don't think English media deserves a place in our discussion. It is sheer waste of time. They are the extreme example of whining. BCCI says officially, ECB didn't contact BCCI for any venue changes. So, it is officially only English media, to which we don't care a damn.

    By Blogger devatha, at 16:19  

  • Prem,

    Here is the link to the original article published in the Guardian :-

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/englandinpakistan/story/0,16791,1647069,00.html

    Indian tour itinerary reaches new levels of absurdity

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 16:36  

  • Toney - Sorry, I thought Prem had posted the story and hence I addressed my post to 'Prem'.

    Anyways, You should pat yourself since I couldn't distinguish between yours and Prem's writting. ;)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 16:48  

  • oracle,
    Sure, you made my day :) Long time no see.

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:51  

  • Well, it was amusing to begin with, but this whole bit whining by the ECB is starting to bore me now. Can we just ignore them or note it (for the sake of journalism) by saying something like "Another idiot in the ECB or English media makes another idiotic statement" and leave it at that. If needed, we could all come in and post our comments which would pretty much read "lol" and be done with it.

    Seriously, don't they have better things to do with their time. The last I heard there weren't that many jobless aristocrats in England any more.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 17:18  

  • Well, with 2 kids under 2 , I have been keeping very busy lately. I do hang around and read posts/opinions during matches though..Dont post much as whatever I want to say is normally already said by wiser people and in a much better way. ;)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 17:21  

  • guys,
    this is the link to the agartala stadium(s) on cricinfo. Atleast 25 first class+oneday matches have been held at the two stadiums in agartala since 1990 to 2002. No information about the last three years. This "David Hopps" guy in gaurdian must check his facts. This point should somehow be taken up to the english media

    By Blogger open forum, at 17:31  

  • sorry I forgot the link to the stadia:
    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/india/content/town/57840.html

    By Blogger open forum, at 17:31  

  • Youngster not being considered for Delhi team, inspite of performances...

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/htcricket/14_1553190.htm

    By Blogger Rajg, at 17:33  

  • Didn't India play some match at some unheard of place called Chester-Le-Street or some such. Is that more forward than Agartala? They probably have some Pot Bellied Beer Drinking thugs at a place like that.

    By Blogger mamu, at 17:35  

  • rajg,
    Really sad story about the young lad. All this talk about players form smaller venues getting an opportunity-- and then a story like this.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:44  

  • toney,
    what i mean is if they are officially saying that abd,nagpur and so does not qualify as 5-star accomodation venues then thats totally baseless, and what our response is we are going through rotation policy. so u accept that they dont have quality hotels but because of our rotation policy they gets match.
    whole this issue is just unwanted here but i still belive out media not doing enough on this, they just duplicating stories from eng media, there are no intentions argue or prove them wrong.

    By Blogger MAHER, at 17:46  

  • I think the prob is with the indian media too..
    2 options to do with such crap
    1) Ignore - Best
    2) Counter .. If you dont want to ignore their BS.. then how about trying to prove them wrong by posting some stats .. like our friends in this blog..
    this thing is boring.. I think we should develope our domestic cricket like US sports where we can be self-reliant.
    damn it!.. with such a HUGE audience and HUGE money around, a white country would have played bigger role in the administration of the sport in whole..
    I would definetely like BCCI to just ignore this.. :)
    and I would really like Eng team to play warm up games in Pak after getting thrashed in the Pak series there ;)

    By Blogger Boom, at 17:52  

  • boom,
    Eng want the warm up matches in Pak after raising security concerns there!! And I hope Pak doesnt oblige that request. Jaggu will exert a little pressure, if need be.

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:54  

  • Totally off topic, but there is no thread to accomodate it:
    Anybody notice the scorecards of the Afro-Asian U-19 tournament? India has won its first 2 matches against Bangladesh and South Africa emphatically, securing a bonus point in each. The standout player was one most of us have now heard of-- Piyush Chawla. So far his statistics from the tournament are:
    Bowling: 6 wickets at 12.33, with an economy rate of 4.11
    Batting average: 58.00 at S/R of 86.57
    Really looking forward to seeing how the kid fares in the U-19 World Cup and Ranji Trophy. Would love to see him given an opportunity here and there in ODI cricket to get a taste of the big-time.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:59  

  • toney, I mean if they dont want to have practice matches in India, it should be fine with us i guess and if they prefer warming up in Pak.. better!

    By Blogger Boom, at 18:10  

  • Folks,
    What abt this news?
    http://in.rediff.com/cricket/2005/nov/21gang.htm
    Ganguly set for test return
    Isn't this CRAZY? to say the least???Just becos we are scared of Kolkata crowd? We will bring ganguly back????
    Whats happening folks?
    Either control the Calcutta crowd, or screw them and dont play a single match there...They will come to their senses.
    Why be scared and put SG in the team squad???

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 18:15  

  • gu,
    did you read kapil's comment reported by outlook? He has already stated that Ganguly should not beg to get back in the team and rather score runs in first class. For a change Kapil gets it right this time.

    By Blogger J, at 18:26  

  • Guys: I have a simple solution to this problem. Just flood the inbox of these columnists with (abusive?)emails from people of Agartala and Jamshedpur..who are being insulted in this process. Here are the email addresses :
    david.hopps@gaurdian.co.uk, scyld.berry@telegraph.co.uk

    Ask all your friends (from Agartala, Jamshedpur, small towns like Ahmedabad, Nagpur etc) to send emails to them.

    Trust me .. they will stop writing these articles...just keep flooding them.

    By Blogger losing now, at 18:45  

  • guys the HL for PAK-Eng currently on on SS. 6969 incase you know the other details. Aalu drama over awaiting Afridi Hardwork

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 18:59  

  • folks
    highlights of india's WC03 matches

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9081030056218999307&q=highlights+india

    its a 2.5 hour clip

    By Blogger JD, at 19:26  

  • I think these pom sissies need to be blasted in a national newspaper with bold headlines - that we can can match sword with sword (or in this case pen for a pen).

    Does anyone have journo contacts in any publication (other than Rediff?). I can try reaching out to Sandipan Deb (ex-outlook, now godknowswhere).

    By Blogger YumEyeYenEyeYumYouYum, at 19:30  

  • excerpts from waugh's autobiography

    ‘‘He was... constantly bickering over the nature of pitches and trying to influence the groundsmen in India. To me, this wasn’t too different from match-fixing, because captains who try this on are attempting to alter the conditions in collusion with a force they shouldn’t be tampering with.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=82422

    cant say i agree with him on this. isnt it the home team's prerogative to decide on what kind of pitch they want to play on in their country.

    By Blogger JD, at 19:42  

  • JD.. The WC highlights is an incredible link .. thanks

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 21:24  

  • Toney,
    Just a thought...we shouldn't be labeling the Brits the Empire any more....something like the Sunken Empire or the Ex-Empire is more apt, don't you think?

    By Blogger The Straighter Neo, at 21:34  

  • losing now (also everyone else):
    This is what I wrote to david hopps of gaurdian. You all can do the same or copy and paste this and email him.

    -----------------------------------
    Dear Mr. Hopps,
    I think your articles are good from england's perspective but they'll be better if you check your facts before writing.

    You said "Agartala ... its main ground has never staged a first-class match and the entire state lacks a hotel of even modest quality"
    1) Visit this link http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/india/content/town/57840.html It shows that there are atleast 25 first class matches held in Agartala in the past 12 years.
    2) Visit this link http://tripura.nic.in/accommo.htm for the list of hotels (there are no 5 star hotels agreed) there are 3 starred ones though which I guess should be in the modest quality atleast

    You said "The need to rotate grounds only partly justifies a seven-week itinerary that includes only one major centre - Mumbai - and a wholly illogical one-day itinerary that is seemingly designed to increase both sides' stock of air miles"
    The need to rotate grounds should be the only logical reason isn't it? If we accomodate your requests to play only in big centers then every visiting team will start doing the same and it may as well back fire on you with every visiting team asking for matches only in Lords. The one-day itinerary is very fair in our opinion. It gives a chance for English fans to explore the lesser known but beautiful cities of india.
    Sample this:
    1) Goa: Every foriegn tourist would love to visit this place ( I think you know this better) (about 590 km from mumbai)
    2) Kochi (http://www.touristplacesinindia.com/cochin/) (hotel info: http://www.tourismofkerala.com/kerala-hotels/cochin/index.html) (842 km from Goa)
    3) Visakhapatnam (http://visakhapatnamtourismonline.com/home.asp ) (this link for hotels: http://www.destinationindia.com/india_hotels/visakhapatnam_hotels.html)
    some testimonials: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297588-d302338-r3837205-The_Park_Visakhapatnam-Visakhapatnam_Andhra_Pradesh.html (1494 km from kochi)
    4) Cuttack(almost attached to the capital bhubaneswar which has a lot of hotels): http://orissatourism.gov.in/cuttack.html (Konark, puri and a lot of other places near by) (450 km from vsp)
    5) Guwahati: http://www.assamtourism.org/ (this link for hotels: http://www.assamtourism.org/hotels.htm ) (1458 from cuttack)
    6) Indore: visit this link for tourist interests http://www.indiatravelog.com/indore/ (it has five star hotels) (2152 from guwahati)
    7) Faridabad: http://haryanatourism.com/destinations/faridabad.asp (the link also has a list of hotels) (1000 km from indore)

    We've given you three beach resorts, 2 hill resorts and 2 historic cities. I don't think the fans will enjoy better in any other places including big cities.

    I hope you cannot ask for better with regard to distances (in that order) in such a big country like india. Also travelling in that order helps in avoiding the southern cities in later part of hot April)

    You also said " In the meantime, England's thousands of travelling cricket supporters can make no plans, travel companies are beside themselves with frustration and Indian hotels and airlines hold tentative bookings that will no doubt have to be abandoned at a later date"

    Who's fault is it? We gave you the venues when by the dates you asked for them.


    If you want to complain about gounds and pithces that is an all together different matter and I can argue on that.
    All we ask is please check your facts before you blurt out something just because everyone else in the media is doing.

    Sincerely
    (An indian cricket fan)

    By Blogger open forum, at 21:46  

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    By Blogger Hawkeye, at 21:47  

  • @yum,
    Are you a friend of Sandipan? r u from R K Hall ?

    By Blogger SS, at 21:48  

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    By Blogger open forum, at 21:49  

  • open forum : sounds good. my email is sent to both david and berry

    By Blogger losing now, at 22:29  

  • losing now: good. lets hope everyone does the same

    By Blogger open forum, at 23:50  

  • Good e-mail open forum

    By Blogger suraj, at 00:00  

  • good email open forum. I am going to send a less-0diplomatic and stronger email...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 00:59  

  • why all this attack on the ecb before getting our own house in order ? The BCCI has no sense of scheduling whatsoever

    By Blogger GK, at 01:40  

  • Didnt know you are a Bill Maher fan. Do you watch the Colbert show and John Stewart's daily show?
    As an aside, how about a post on American TV. What you like watching, what sucks, observations if any.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 01:54  

  • this faisalabad wicket is as flat as rana naveed ul hassan's head

    By Blogger idli vade, at 01:54  

  • Another one from jhas. oops.. jackass. If you have plenty of time to kill. He is really funny.

    http://www.cricketnext.com/features1/sanjayjha/sanjayjha184.htm

    By Blogger Bala Murali, at 01:56  

  • circketnext.com is the most pathetic website i hv ever seen..
    its been around for about 6 years now.. still not even a small improvement.

    By Blogger idli vade, at 01:58  

  • Afridi to Pietersen...the lef spin chuck....Pietersen on to the ball too early..as a result of which he mistimes it...and spoons to Danish Kaneria, one of the worst fielders of worst cricket, drops an 'elementary' catch.

    Woh. Now how costly will that be?

    Also Ian Bell was reprieved by Akmal.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 02:01  

  • bala murali
    cud u copy paste that article plz ?

    By Blogger GK, at 02:01  

  • Pakistan bowling Shoaib Malik when Hair is at square leg...fear of being called?

    England go to lunch at 3/217...and Pakistan have got Kaneria to blame .

    KP 70 off 112 no.

    Bell 69 giving him company in the middle.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 02:03  

  • go england ... i hope these 2 take it beyond 300

    By Blogger GK, at 02:04  

  • gk,

    Here is that idiot's article.


    OF CANCER, A CYCLIST AND GANGULY

    STATUTORY WARNING: If you love Ganguly, please read this column.
    If you hate him, don't miss it!

    Sourav Ganguly is a pariah today. I write this article fully aware that I am not just in a small minority, but perhaps in a diminished lot of just a sundry few (a handful at most) who believe in the former skipper. TV commentators are ideal examples of Ganguly's third cousin-twice removed status in Indian cricket today. These revered gentlemen (poor little miserable cowards) did not even have the courage to utter his name once during the entire series, as they cautiously avoided the man's reference in any connection whatsoever. If this does not make us Indian cricket lovers the biggest turn-coats, ever, what does?

    These days since Ganguly-bashing is India's latest obsession, it hardly came as a surprise to me when I heard a respectable gentleman utter in raging sadistic glee his great joy in seeing Sourav get a pair of ducks against the West Zone in the Duleep Trophy final. In all honesty, it is a tragic manifestation of the way we are as a country when it comes to lionizing our superstars one day, and dumping them unceremoniously the next. As India celebrates a phenomenal 6-1 victory over Sri Lanka, the majority of Indians callously forget those who have brought their cricket forward these last few years. These are the same knowledgeable sort who not so long ago were writing epitaphs on Sachin Tendulkar when he was recuperating from his elbow injury. And should India get defeated by South Africa tomorrow, will want Dravid's head for dinner and Chappell's guts over some toast and tea. Seriously, how pitiably selfish and downright callous are we!

    I believe that at this critical phase of his long career, Sourav needs to just look at a cyclist for inspiration, as his own country-men boo him and celebrate his downfall! A man who battled testicular cancer at the age of 24, and yet went on to win a grueling 2290 mile bicycle race over three weeks in Tour de France. This year, as he won once again (for the seventh time), the French sports authorities in a repugnant effort to humiliate him, accused him of performance-enhancing drugs, a charge which is ludicrous, prejudiced and far-fetched, and clearly motivated by some strange parochial agendas. But nothing will faze Lance Armstrong, a paragon of inspiration and a model of outstanding courage for an entire generation and beyond.

    LESSONS FROM ARMSTRONG FOR GANGULY:

    1) "GO BACK TO WORK"Armstrong overrides superstitions, and believes that there is no substitute to solid hard work. Irrespective of the results, Sourav has been man enough to go out in the middle, lead the East Zone, and play his heart out. And isn't it ironical that he was twice consumed by Zaheer Khan for a duck, to whom he has played a senior mentor?

    As with Lance, Sourav should work on his return and future career in a cut and dried hard numbers game with sheer mechanical performance of his bat being the justification for his inclusion. After all, no one can keep a good man out for long, no matter what the provocation, no matter what the supposed fallibilities! Be at the nets, Sourav, and play as much cricket as possible!

    2) "NEVER QUIT"

    Once when Armstrong was given just a 50% chance for survival, he fought it by remembering what his mother once told him---Don't quit! The cancer-affected man fought small battles, setting himself blood count targets as his body fought back the carcinogenic invasion, even as he risked a brain surgery.

    Sourav must remember that he may not be in the team today, but no one and nobody can take away his captaincy record, his batting heroics, his numerous partnerships, catches taken and all his other contributions to Indian cricket. His skills, temperament and technique are his own and no one can strip him of those.

    It is time for net practice! To don the gloves, put on those pads, settle the helmet and lift the ball in the air.

    Armstrong stood 111th amongst 111 in his first race, and the Spanish crowd jeered him, cracked jokes on the last joker crossing the line! But Armstrong did not quit. And the rest is history!

    3) "MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK"

    Armstrong's motto is, make you own luck. When he chose cycling as a professional career, many of his friends were cynical enough to tell him that he would be a total failure as a competitive cyclist. As they were to discover, he not only succeeded in his passionate endeavors but has gone to be a living legend, such as Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras, Tiger Woods and Ian Thorpe.

    There are several who are literally scripting Ganguly's retirement script today, but they may be well advised to take a pregnant pause. Sourav must forget the past misfortunes, some circumstantial events, bad luck and on occasion, his own errors of judgement. It is time for him to do his own screenplay, and create the twist in the tale. Finally, he must write his own destiny.

    Armstrong believed in the power of positive thinking, and transformed his life, believing in the power of his self-beliefs and the freedom of his wings in high altitude.

    "Cancer is the best thing that perhaps happened to me. It changed my life permanently forever, teaching me lessons which would make my future such a dream", said Lance Armstrong.

    For Sourav Ganguly, being dropped from the captaincy and the team, playing in front of empty stadiums without a cameraman or journalist giving him a hot chase, hardly an autograph to sign, returning lonely to the dressing room, and scoring two consecutive ducks could be the best thing yet to happen to his career. The comeback of the man who brought a refreshing aggression to the Indian team and broke through the shackles of an inherent inferiority complex of over decades, may have just begun.

    SANJAY JHA
    Managing Editor

    By Blogger Bala Murali, at 02:04  

  • LOL...Willis's explanation of kaneria's drop: he has very long legs and a very short body.

    Kaneria...modern day Phil Tufnell.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 02:10  

  • murali
    oh yeah i had read that some time back, it is not as idiotic as some of his others

    By Blogger GK, at 02:15  

  • Jhak'ass is the funniest loser alive!

    Was reading his 'scorecard' of the Ind-SL series..has given GC 41/70!

    Not much to show for a 6-1 triumph..eh?

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:16  

  • Saala.... Charles Colville...that self conceited stiff upper lip Brit...needs a strong kick up his ass.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 02:17  

  • Interesting interview with SG on TOI, dont know if its available else where as well. SG says:

    "The Bengal player also said he did not think he suffered from a prolonged bad patch.

    "I scored 80 against Pakistan and also missed a hundred against England. It was just that I could not convert the scores into big hundreds.

    "Last year I was the second highest run getter for the country behind Rahul Dravid. The difference (between our aggregates) was a mere 15-20 runs. It is just a question of not converting the scores into big hundreds."

    Link: http://cricket.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1302844.cms

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:24  

  • RD named skipper for the SL test series!!

    http://cricket.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1303782.cms

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:25  

  • Just seeing Inzy's reaction to Danish kaneria beaing called twice for running on the pitch ...he was so phlegmatic and expressionless..he should have been proactive after kaneria got the first warning itself....coupled with the IU Haq dismissal yesterday...the players seem to be quite ignorant about some laws of cricket....which is very strange indeed ...

    Classic case of a professional team ignorant of the laws of the game and paying the ultimate penalty- Shaun Pollock and SA against Sri Lanka in the 2003 World Cup.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 02:30  

  • RD is the captain for test series. GOOD NEWS. What is the latest on Chennai?

    By Blogger losing now, at 02:33  

  • Toney: once again the comments on this Blog on this subject err towards excess. One Guardian journalist is not the ECB. And anyone who thinks the ECB controls the UK media is living in cloud cuckoo land.

    As it happens, I think the ECB does have the right to question whether Agartala has sufficient facilities to enable the team to prepare properly for the tour.

    Even many Indian people will avoid the "Seven Sisters", not least Tripura, for security reasons, although strangely no-one seems to have raised that concern.

    As I have yet to see any correspondence on this blog from anyone who has been to that region (apart from myself) I appoint myself as an authority on the subject here, despite being a Brit.

    Toney: you say "Perhaps, the Queen's men didnt get a chance to spread their influence in those parts, hence the backwardness?". That, I'm afraid, shows your ignorance of Tripuran history, as that part did indeed retain its independence almost entirely throughout the Raj. Of course, the "backwardness" if such it is results more from the more recent generosity of the Indian authorities in allowing refugees from Bangladesh to settle in that region rather than the draconian measures that less enlightened (or more pragmatic) politicians might have applied. On a humanitarian basis I celebrate that policy.

    Nevertheless, Tripura is an impoverished and troubled region. This does not prevent a cricket match from taking place in its capital as long as the facilities (on and off the pitch) are adequate for a touring team to prepare for a major tournament. This is the majot point here.

    If the facilities are adequate, England should go. If, not, they should not. Having not been to Agartala I cannot comment on the facilities. I have been to Shillong and think that the accomodation and cricket faciltities there would be adequate.

    By Blogger Ged, at 02:38  

  • ged...

    if you have not noticed, we are in England bashing mode here. Everytime we play one of the "Western" countries, our inherent xenophobia becomes obvious.

    It is natural...people like to vent online. Don't read too much into it.

    By Blogger Jiet, at 02:43  

  • Board President'ssquad to play Srilanka:

    Board President's XI squad Y Venugopala Rao (capt), Dheeraj Jadhav, Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa, Munaf Patel, Niraj Patel, Sreedharan Sriram, Parthiv Patl (wk, vice-capt), Kulamani Parida, Amit Mishra, Ranadeb Bose, Gagandeep Singh.

    Interesting names...was wonderinf if they would get Chawla in to this one..is VRV still injured?

    No place for ZK and Balaji..

    Comments?

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:53  

  • Any news from Chennai guys?

    Is it still raining? Whats the latest announcement?

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:56  

  • match abondoned??

    By Blogger suraj, at 02:59  

  • On board XI squad....

    very interesting...interesting to Parthiv Patel back in the thick of things; I think he can make the Indian team as batsman someday in the future. Once again all the usual suspects in the batting order.

    This is a completely different set of names as far as bowling goes.
    It looks like there is a serious effort to showcase players on the fringe. Once again people like Munaf Patel and Amit Mishra are given an opportunity to show their worth.

    By Blogger Jiet, at 03:02  

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