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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Another one bites the dust

Let's see, there are three SL-India Tests, the venues for which were finalized after enormous delays (which equals time, which presumably equals thought and consideration). The upshot? the first Test in Chennai is hanging fire thanks to rain; the venue for the third Test, Kanpur, threw its hands up and has said it can't host the game. That leaves the second Test -- in Delhi. Or does it?
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) may have got an opportunity to host the second Test between India and Sri Lanka later this month on the basis of rotation policy of the Board, but its Pitches and Grounds Committee chairman, Venkat Sundaram, is not happy with the playing facilities available at the Ferozeshah Kotla where the match will be played from December 10.
‘‘How can we have a Test match at a centre where practice facilities are not available? It’s a shame. If the Capital’s venue lacks even this basic facility, one shudders to think of conditions at grounds in smaller cities,’’ Venkat said. He blamed it on people, having little or no knowledge of the game running the association.

If I remember right, there was some talk recently by one group about how politicians had come into cricket and ruined things; the DDCA, which supports the outgoing group, is to the best of my memory headed by Arun Jaitley -- a politician.
More to the point, someone asked if the incoming administration can do better than the outgoing one. A more pertinent question would be -- can anyone, anyone at all, do any worse?


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