Eenadu Cricket Tournament – A Farce October 3, 2007Posted by Karan in IIIT centric.
WTF! This is all we had to say to what happened to us a couple of days back.
It was for the first time that I had been selected in the IIIT cricket team for the Eenadu cricket tournament, and needless to mention, was pretty excited about it. The team practiced hard for more than ten days – two sessions a day. It was all coming out very nicely. On that fated day, we reached the OU campus, and to our dismay, it was raining, albeit not very heavily. We looked forward to a late start. However, on enquiring, the authorities bluntly told us that if the area around the pitch doesn’t improve, the match would be decided on the spin of a coin. Holy shit! The signs looked ominous, as the team at the other end, Sri Chaitanya could have gone through the next round only in this situation. There was no way they could have beat us, even in a five overs match. To while away our time, we decided to practice spinning the coin. And we lost seven out of nine times- captain Varun losing four on four. After some time, the two captains walked on to the pitch. As our fate seemed to be written in those dark skies, we lost the toss and hence the match. Poor Pagare and Sagar- they had gone out for a quick bite and thought that we were kidding when we told them the result.
On retrospect, it was all very ridiculous. The organizers should have anticipated rains in the month of September. And for all such matches to be decided by luck rather than have a reserve day or a bowl-out is throwing their own credibility out in the dustbin. A lot of deserving teams would have lost out on this count. Eenadu- you suck. Tata Indicom (the sponsors), if you’re reading this – you suck! I am never ever going to take a Tata Indicom connection.