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Friday, October 17, 2014

ODI at Dharamshala ................. West Indies set to abandon tour !!

As I sat now to see the India West Indies ODI at Dharamsala, Indians had set a huge target and somehow the competitiveness was missing.  Dwayne Smith scratched around without making runs in 11 balls and Kieron Pollard, touted to be a big hitter made 6 off 31. 

Way back at Sialkot in ODI no. 273, India opened with unusual pair of Anshuman Gaekwad and Ghulam Parkar.  Dilip Vengsarkar was unbeaten on 94; Sandip Patil had made 59 – Indians were 210 for 3 in 40 overs ….. a sure 300 these days ! – curiously the Captain was Mohinder Amarnath (and not Gavaskar); Indian bowling attack was Madanlal, Sandhu, Mohinder, Binny, Maninder and Shastri (not sure why Kapil was not there for this match !) ………..  sadly, this match was abandoned – not the abandonment – but the reason was sad.  It was 31st Oct 1984, the day when our PM Smt Indira Gandhi was assassinated.  The tour was abandoned.

Not to make any invidious comparisons, the West Indies tour to India has been called off suddenly due to the ongoing payment structure dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and WIPA. The fourth ODI in Dharamsala will be their last game of the series, which was scheduled to have a fifth ODI, a Twenty20 international as well as three Tests. India will now play five ODIs against Sri Lankabetween November 1 and 15, after Sri Lanka Cricket accepted the BCCI's invitation to fill the void.

The BCCI said it was "shocked and disappointed" and that the decision to abandon the tour had been "taken by the WICB." Before the game, Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies ODI captain, had indicated something serious was brewing when he told Ian Bishop, the television commentator, at the toss: "Time to make a decision." Bravo was accompanied by his West Indies team-mates who stood beside him.

Earlier, Virat Kohli cracked his 20th ODI hundred and Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane made fifties as India looted a seemingly eager-to-leave West Indies for 330 runs in Dharamsala. The news that West Indies had pulled out of the tour due to their payment dispute with their board broke during India's innings, and the visitors backed that up with a shoddy bowling and fielding performance.

There could be many other tours which had been abandoned – among that in Mar 2009, the bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistani cricket team. Six members of the Sri Lanka national cricket team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.  The team players were airlifted and Lankans duly abandoned that tour

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
17th Oct 2014

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1 comment:

  1. Sad that a tour ends on a "Payment" issue and its more embarrassing that the tour is being called off by the "Board" rather than the "Players"...