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Crick Down the Legside


September 2, 2009 4:27 AM

Scrapped T20 games really hit by scheduling

Much has been written about the Old Trafford pitch and new drainage system as England had to call off their second T20 game in 48 hours against Australia - but the focus should be on administrators who chose to play the games there in the first place.
Playing with a round ball at Old Trafford in Manchester is nothing remarkable in the last week of August - at least, down the road, where Wayne Rooney and co are getting into their stride with the start of the Premier League season. But frankly, if you decide to schedule cricket at Old Trafford at the tail end of summer, you take your chances.
Now in pursuit of big bucks, the administrators have lost out - and what's more, large sections of the Mancunian public will be livid at paying out £50 a ticket and seeing no cricket.
But the schedulers have won the day. Never mind that, with seven ODIs now coming up, both teams will soon be sick of the sight of each other. We need to revert back to an era when less was more.

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