It didn’t change this time too! The present test cricket series between India and Sri Lanka still remains wide open with effectively the series folding down to just two matches in the series, thanks to the rain gods in Chennai. This is the fourth time in a raw that an international cricket match is abandoned (with the present match almost adding to the list) due to the rains in Chennai Chidambaram stadium. This shows the lack of planning in deciding the venues for the cricket matches in India. The most satiric thing here is that there is a special committee with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for deciding the venues! Those people are sitting idle and earning their money for doing nothing. The only thing they have to do is just to glance through the list of cricket stadiums in India and find out what all venues had been given matches prior to the present series. Done! The rotation policy that lacks any serious brain behind it is the factor that creates all these unwanted chaos in the final minute. As part of a policy in ‘distributing’ matches equally for all the cricket associations, the Venues committee carves up the available matches to the associations without ever minding the most important parameters such as the quality of the wicket, ground facilities, player and spectator amenities, and above all the weather conditions.
This lack of planning had in fact caused the biggest loss for Indian cricket in their last home series against Australian. India required only about 200 odd runs on the final day of the test match with all the 10 wickets in tact. Not even a ball could be bowled on the fifth and final day. Had India been able to win that test match (I would say 70-30 in India’s favour), it would have made big changes in the Indian test history with the series leveled at 2-2. Then, as the regnant champions, India could have held on to the Border-Gavaskar trophy. This may not be the case with the present series as not a single ball could be bowled so far.
Next is about the greediness of the TNCA (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association). They had sold out the tickets for an LOI between India and South Africa in the last series which eventually was abandoned due to rain. Now, they are not ready to give the price of the tickets back. Citing a contrived statement like ‘the price of the ticket will not be refunded in any situation’ is not a fair justification for their greediness. The cricket lovers bought tickets to see the game being played and not to see the showers. At least a higher percentage of the price should be given back to the helpless fans. The matter is before the court now.
It is high time the Indian cricket officials showed some wisdom by including considerations on the ground and weather conditions before deciding the venues and also figured out some people-friendly plans when it comes to refunding the price of tickets when matches are spoiled by no fault of the spectators. Had the officials possessed any serious thinking other than the regional considerations, would it have included selectors from each zone? The BCCI is doing many good things for the development of the game in the country; but it should also show some sense in matters such as these.