Tuesday, December 29, 2009

India and 2011 deadline

With the date of 2011 word cup coming near and nearer, the problems for BCCI are increasing rapidly. The most reliable and historical players of the BCCI's venue team are seem to be unfit just 13 months before the start of the biggest fight.

India's two most historical and oldest stadiums have recently disclosed their poor conditions during the one day series against Sri Lanka.

Eden Gardens, India's biggest and the oldest cricket stadium, had been showing it's dark side very often. The light towers of the stadium going powerless during the fourth one day between India and Sri Lanka was not the first time.

Earlier to that, in April last year an IPL-I match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers was disrupted for more than thirty minutes when two of the four light towers went powerless.
In May this year during IPL-II the media centre of Eden Gardens plunged into darkness when KKR and Bangalore Royal Challengers were facing each other in the historical ground. The journalists sitting in the room were forced to stop their work for almost fifteen minutes and lost very crucial data due to the sudden power cut.
And once again the main reason of the fiasco was covered under the blame game between Cricket Association of Bengal and the power supplier CESC Ltd.

But now, sighting the big event coming, BCCI wants no more dark glitches on its favourite ground and now thinking of not organising any day-night match at Edens during IPL-III.

Worse of the Eden Gardens situation, the second oldest stadium in India, forced the ICC to decide its fate for the coming world cup.

Firoz Shah Kotla, had hit the headlines for its pitch when Shiv Sainik's dug up the strip. Soon Anil Kumble covered the stain with his ten-wicket world record. But this time it is unfortunate for the DDCA that Kumble is no more playing for Indian team and ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has also got to know the buck-buck (money and talk) going on in the association. Lorgat is almost ready with ICC's decision over Delhi's fate.

The stadium went through a face-lift in 2005 with around Rs 1 billion spent to make it a model stadium.

With four matches of the 2011 cricket World Cup scheduled to be hosted here, the DDCA will have plenty of catching up to do before it is cleared to be a venue.

As these stadiums are scheduled to host eight matches (four each) of world cup, BCCI has got something to really worry about. This time with Indian team's great performance India might with the world title, but if these two stadiums don't perform up to the mark India will lose it's face.