India-Australia ODI Glut…


Tim May has lashed out at the glut of India-Australia games that are being planned over the next year or so. We have pointed out on this blog a few times over the last few weeks that India has an extremely crowded schedule in 2007 through to mid-2008.

What seemed like a brief respite in the schedule in May 2007 has now been filled with a meaningless India-Australia series in Ireland. Ricky Ponting immediately expressed his exasperation at this announcement. The Ireland games are mainly to accommodate India’s TV Rights commitments — India have to play a minimum number of overseas games a year. This was after an attempt to play an India-Australia ODI series in New York — of all places — fell through. According to CricInfo, “Under the conditions of an agreement signed between Zee TV and the Indian Cricket Board, India have to play 25 offshore ODIs over a five-year period.”

Ponting expressed concern over the crazy scheduling of the Ireland series.

Now Tim May has weighed in to the glut-argument. He says, “Australia will play India 21 times in the eight months from June this year. From the perspective of players and spectators, it’s going to dampen your interest. And it detracts from the commercial value of the product. Vision has been lost about what’s important and what is not.”

— Mohan

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One response to “India-Australia ODI Glut…

  1. I am puzzled with Sachin as vice captain, which basically admits that they are NOT able to groom anyone as Vice Captain.

    Mercurial Sehwag is on the brink. VVS Laxman not selected. Yuvraj has to establish himself again. Kaif not selected. One possibility could have been Dhoni.

    Anyway, if I see the on-field chemistry, the seniors get in to a huddle – Rahul, Sachin, Ganguly, Kumble, Laxman on the decisions. So, it looks like “decision by committee”.

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