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Sight Screen

Friday, December 16, 2005

Stones, glass houses, and such

Re-reading the Cricinfo story on moves to rehabilitate Sourav just now (heck, I need to stay awake through my night, tonight), I was struck by this little titbit.
The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's Arun Jaitley, the Samajwadi Party's Amar Singh and the Rashtriya Janata Dal's Laloo Prasad Yadav too complained in parliament about the "unfair" treatment meted out to Ganguly. Somnath Chatterjee, the parliament speaker, has reportedly spoken to Praful Patel, a Pawar confidante and central government minister, on the issue and the need to make amends for Ganguly.

That would be Arun Jaitley, president of the Delhi District Cricket Association? This DDCA? Which just earlier this week did this to the Indian national cricket team?
There was a constant problem with the sight screen during the second test against Sri Lanka. Such troubles are a part of everyday cricket, but on this occasion it was very peculiar. The gigantic white background, vital for players to spot the red ball in a crowded stadium, could not be moved as per the batsman’s wishes because one of the rival factions in the cricket federation had punctured the screen’s tyres!
And that’s not all. The game had started late on the first day because of dew, and it was highly embarrassing for the DDCA’s ruling body that the super-sopper wasn’t working. When an engineer finally came with another of those huge machines, he discovered it had been a sabotage. The screws of the sopper had been removed by someone, again presumably from the enemy camp.


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