At last, the test series between India and England is on the verge of commenc- ing, despite the threat of a terror attack, as well as security concerns that are obviously bound to concern the English players in particular.The decision to call off the last two one day matches owing to security reasons was justified.So was the decision to call off the test series as well.But, to some of our excitement, the tests will go on in time and the last two one day matches will be lost. I wonder as to how come the tests matches will be considered to go on smoothly, and what would have been the factor governing the security of the English cricketers had they played the last two one day games as well?
I wish the last two one day games also be held on, but at a later date and at a different venue, rather than to cancel them altogether.Perhaps! Had the last two one day games also had taken off, one could have seen a team going in for a 7-0 whitewash. But, unfortunately, that didn't happen and is no more the case that is bound to happen. And, even today I cannot find the funda in holding a two match test series involving India and England, after a seven match one day series. Of course..two match test series have been played earlier as well.But, not after a seven match one day series.The combination till then had been like "two ODIs followed by one test", "three test and five one day matches", "seven ODIs and five/three tests".But, this combination really makes me think as to what the funda could be?
Leaving this peculiar case behind, and coming back to the tour, if one goes by the recent reports concerning security, there were threats received by the intelligence agencies, owing to which security has been beefed up at all major national airports.And, the fun is that the English team is not at all worried about this hiccups.Does it mean that tha ECB and the BCCI had taken the issue too far?Of course not.I know that.Why was the practise game involving Indian Board President's XI and India XI-that was supposed to have begun on 3rd December canceled? Had this match went on, some idea regarding the pitch conditions inIndia could have been gained by the English players.
Had the BCCI and the ECB made up their minds, the entire tour could have went on smoothly, including the last two one day internationals as well as the practise game, probably at a different venue rather than having it at Vadodara.With team England's next international tour likely in only late January, and India's next international schedule only in January 6th, and not to forget that the tour still hangs in balance, the current tour of England, could have well went on as per plans.May be the date extended.All these with no changes being made to the future tours involving both India and England.
And at last I would really thank god for being mercifull on the English players who had a narrow escape from the Mumbai seige, for they were scheduled to stay in the same Taj hotel where the tragedy took place.Great Britian indeed!