Can you please keep the chatting down a bit?

Courtesy: Amrit Mathur, for the Sportstar
With 27 teams competing in two grades of Ranji the competition is so lopsided it is difficult to evaluate performances and distinguish good players from the ordinary. Also, given the general neglect, it will require much time and effort before this first-class structure becomes a finishing school that prepares players for international cricket.

Sadly, while there is scant evidence of any serious effort to mend things, there are enough signs to suggest nobody is really concerned. In a Elite game in Delhi, the umpires called off play — for bad light — around noon (!) and then disappeared from the ground. On another occasion the square leg umpire was merrily chatting on his cellphone, during play. The striker, disturbed by the chatter, walked up to him and politely requested that he speak a bit softly!

.. and we wonder why there hasn't been a single Indian umpire worthy enough to be Venkatraghavan's successor in the ICC Elite Panel.

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Blogger omar 3:21 PM

haha - can you post the link for this article please?    



Blogger vishnupavan 4:54 AM

Omar, added the link to the post.. Thx for pointing it out..
http://tssonnet.com/stories/20070106000402400.htm    



Blogger ugyen 7:26 AM

Who should be blamed for it!!! Is it the administration!!! The Cricket Game suffers rather than the cellphone buzz or so!!!    



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