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Opinion: Thinking beyond the rain…..

This post is not about associates. This posting is about test teams.

Shouldnt the test countries, especially those that make $5million per match (e..g Pak v Ind game), do something about the rain? The simplest, and most expensive solution is to have a canopy in the stadium. Yes it will cost a lot of money, but look at how much money is lost when games do not take place due to rain, and also how much inconvenience there is for everyone involved, especially the crowd, when the rain delays games.

Australia already has a covered cricket stadium. Other countries, especiall the South Asian ones, should follow suit.

The US plays baseball during the summers, when the chance of rain is close to nil. Basketball and Ice Hockey are indoor sports, while NFL is played during the winter season, but the sport overall is not affected due to rain, just like Soccer.

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  1. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    July 15, 2007 at 7:10 am

    Nasir,

    I’ve seen cricket played at the Telstra Dome (our roofed stadium in Melbourne you are referring to).

    My verdict…give me the MCG for cricket any day. A better atmosphere for cricket and a lot more in it for the bowlers and a lot more left to chance due to mother nature’s elements + no drop in pitch ala the Telstra dome.

    Mind you is still think the Telstra Dome is a wonderful stadium, but not for cricket. After the MCG it is our next major stadium for football (Australian Rules – AFL ) and is also now the home ground of our football (Soccer – A League) team; namely Melbourne Victory.

    However, nothing beats the MCG for any sport whether it be Cricket, AFL football, Soccer (International Games), Rugby Union (Bledisloe Cup) or Rugby League (NSW vs. Qld State of origin).

  2. Cuen Lucas
    July 15, 2007 at 11:43 am

    A retracting roof isn’t a bad idea at all Nasir, certainly looking at what happened in the World Cup final, it’d be a good bet.
    Umpiring blunders aside I think everyone would prefer a full days play at the climax of the WC.

  3. Art
    July 15, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    This is a fascinating concept. Rain has, since the ending of the ulimited timed tests been a part of test cricket and indeed a part of cricket itself. many great matches have been played ‘for the draw’.

    It must also be said that in recent years Australia especially has tried to go for a win no matter what. Perhaps this is partly due to the ‘winning’ attitude required in limited overs and will possibly become more so when 20/20 gets into more prominance.

    However let’s not throw out a time honoured tradition of playing for the weather as well as time.

    Alos, what colour ball will be used? Now from what I have seen personally at Telstra Dome in melbourne I would not like to play with a red ball even through the artifical light is very very good. Are we also advocating the death of the red ball?

    As for umpiring blunders, yes it is always the poor umpire’s fault. I wish a few more folks would think of the poor single umpire standing in a local match with no artifical help making that crucial decision that could swing a hard fought match. (Oh and square leg is off course from the batting team and is never unbiased lol). test umpiring is the so called top of the umpiring feed chain, the problem is that those of us who are content with something ‘less’ must put up with the carping and criticism of umpires at the top level who are subjected to every know method of prying and dissecting. the game has been brough into disrepute by the broadcasters and newspapers.

  4. Bruce Gaskell
    July 20, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Any one Cricket nation will not be able to afford more than 1 or 2 covered stadia in the near future, and it would clearly be unfair to stage all games in such venues at the expense of more provincial grounds.

    I think the key is getting drainage as good as possible, eg. at Lords today they got 2/3 of a days play after several hours of rain in the morning. The newer West Indian venues also have good drainage I beleive, one positive legacy of the world cup.

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