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Monday, August 1, 2022

Baggage delays T20I at West Indies

Basseterre is the capital and largest city of Saint Kitts and Nevis.   with an estimated population of 14,000 in 2018.[1] Geographically, the Basseterre port is located at 17°18′N 62°44′WCoordinates: 17°18′N 62°44′W, on the south western coast of Saint Kitts Island, and it is one of the chief commercial depots of the Leeward Islands. Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean.  It  was founded in 1627 by the French, under Sieur Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc. It served as the capital of the French colony of Saint-Christophe.  When Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy was made the French governor of St. Kitts in 1639, the town turned into a large, successful port, commanding Eastern Caribbean trade and colonisation.  The city of Basseterre has one of the most tragic histories of any Caribbean capital, destroyed many times by colonial wars, fire, earthquakes, floods, riots, and hurricanes. Despite all of this, a considerable number of well-restored buildings still exist in downtown Basseterre. Most of the city structures were built after the great fire of 1867. The Circus was modelled after Piccadilly Circus.


You are reading all this because Team India plays West Indies in their 2nd T2oI today but has been delayed by 2 hours !!   Washout – rain halts play; stoppage due to bad light all happen in Cricket – especially in Test Cricket, where Umpires would check with light meters on whether there is enough visibility !.  – on rare occasions, snag in flood lights have halted in the game.  There are some stadiums (especially Tennis courts)  which have retractable roofs atop of their existing courts  which do not stop even in torrential rains… 

There have been so many matches affected by rain; sometimes teams robbed of a victory or saved ! - some matches abandoned without a ball being bowled too.  The one good rule in some Series / tournament  is – if there is no further play  (i.e. 20 overs cannot be bowled) – match will be played on a reserve day.   

The start of the second T20I between West Indies and India, to be played later today in Basseterre, is now  delayed by two hours, following "significant delays in crucial team luggage arriving into St Kitts from Trinidad", where the first T20I was played. The match, which was expected to start at 10.30am local time [8pm IST], will now start at 12.30pm local time [10pm IST]. India are 1-0 up in the five-match series after a convincing win in the first game, played in Tarouba. 

To recall another strange stop ! - on Aug 29, 2016, it was not rain but    live relay snap that denied a win for Indians. The start of the second Twenty20 International of the two-match series between West Indies and India was  delayed by nearly an hour, officials  announced. The match was scheduled to start 10:00 am Eastern Caribbean time at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  reported a delay because of “technical reasons”. A 30 minute delay was first announced followed by an extra ten minutes – eventually, the delay becoming an hour. 

Some confusion – before we read, there was the time difference, as we comfortably sat to see the matches in late evening.  A time zone is a region of the globe that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes. Time zones tend to follow the boundaries of countries and their subdivisions because it is convenient for areas in close commercial or other communication to keep the same time.  Remember that couple of years back, then Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi  announced his decision to reset the clock in the State an hour ahead of IST to save energy and increase productivity. Remember the match was played in Florida.  Time in the United States, by law, is divided into nine standard time zones covering the states and its possessions, with most of the United States observing daylight saving time (DST) for approximately the spring, summer, and fall months. 

India’s chances of levelling the series after a heartbreaking one-run loss in the thrilling first Paytm T20I against West Indies were dashed when the second and the final match was called off due to wet patches on the outfield following rain.  Indians clearly looked in control unlike the earlier match having bowled out the mighty West Indies  for just 143 runs in 19.4 overs at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill.  When India’s chase began, openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinjya Rahane were batting on 10 and four respectively, when the play was halted with India 15/0 after two overs, needing another 129 runs from 18 overs. With the outfield developing wet patches, even three more overs of play, which would have ensured a result was not possible.  When it started raining, by DLS – India without losing a wicket had to score 27 in 5 overs (the minimum required for a result !) 

The rain and also the technical delay – most probably due to live feed from satellite not being available denied the victory.  In the world of Commercials, it is the bizarre case of not starting the match, simply because it could not go live on air !!! ~ the weather was perfect, everything else was in place – but technology, the relaying back to the cricket crazy nation denied a chance.The studio shows and the official interviewer only spoke of how humans are helpless against "mother nature" and "weather".

So today, it was not weather or technical glitch but .. .. .. human lapse - missing baggage - I have heard that teams do have a ‘luggage manager’ to take care of the kits of players ! 

With regards - S. Sampathkumar
1st Aug 2022. 

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