Monday, February 11, 2008

A Mismatch?

It was just frustrating for cricket fans and especially Sri Lankan fans all over the world.The team never looked like the one which made to the finals of the ICC World Cup 2007.The team was all for praise after restricting the Aussies to a modest total of just a run rate of above 5.0 an over.But,that didn't last much longer.The team received the same treatment by the Aussie bowlers back with interest.

The team was bundled out for a modest score of 125.The defeat was just unacceptable as the team couldn't even bat for more than 31 overs.Only four of them could register scores above ten.All cheers to Kumara Sangakkara who fought a lone losing battle scoring 42(41b,7X4).The most foolish thing that could be seen is the inclusion of veteran Sanath Jayasuria,who despite of his amazing stats,is found to struggle on the field in all parts of the game.

Sanath was solely responsible for the defeats against Pakistan and Australia in the world T20 championship,where he entered the record books for conceding 64 runs off his four overs-which is the highest conceded by any bowler in that tourney!A greater fool is his captain Mahela Jayawardane who failed to recognize such an opposition friendly talent in him.Amazing..isn't it?

Its frustrating to see so hapless selection process going on all over the world.With the ongoing CB Series,the performance of Australia is not considered to be that good-when it was compared to their previous WC wins.Teams like West Indies and England are there only to complete formalities.Then we have teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh who are not even considered as opponents.Currently the teams performing at their best could be India,South Africa and New Zealand(to some extent).

Is there still some juice left in word cricket that the ICC thinks of globalising cricket -when the existing teams put up a dismal performance.Its advisible for the ICC to ask weather the teams are really interested in playing cricket.If not,the sole loser is not only the ICC,but the game of cricket itself...

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