Friday, March 20, 2009

Can we just dump coaches now?

27 to win off 22 balls for the West Indies at Guyana in the first one-day international against England. You'd think we had a game on our hands. No. What we had was a farce. The West Indies take the light thanks to the coach, the bloody coach, telling them to come off.

Nothing sums up the lunacy, the insanity, the sheer idiocy of modern cricket than the sight of the team's captain, Chris Gayle, sitting speechless and motionless, like an emasculated puppet behind the coach, as that worthy, thanks to his calculations, waved his wards toward defeat.

4 Comments:

Blogger josef_kaye said...

It's horrific. What on earth does Gayle have to say for himself there?

7:57 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Didnt Gayle carry a calculation himself ? This was Shaun Pollock 2003 repeat!!

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were the umpires sure of getting a full game (100 overs) in the allotted time BEFORE the start of play ? I do not think so. If they had doubts ( and they would have since daylight hours can be shorter on some March days in the WI )they should have reduced the match to a 45 over side right from the beginning. Cricket umpires made the same mistake during World Cup 2007 Final when it was declared that the match would be 38 over per side. As it turned out, 38 overs were too many. Umpires need to get better at predicting how many overs can be realistically completed before the start of play.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Aneesh said...

Apparently Dyson "read the wrong column" on the sheet. I'm amazed that we leave these things to human error. There should be a software program spitting out the current status under D-L after every ball!

I've tried to find the exact D-L formula used in international matches, but all I can find is the "standard edition" with a note that the professional (real) edition is only available to real teams. It doesn't inspire confidence in D-L if the ICC don't even make the formula publicly available. No wonder people are baffled by it.

2:21 AM  

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