India vs Australia: Shrinking T20I matches due to rain blatantly cheats lovers of the sport

Truncating a Twenty20 match makes no sense. You can throw all your logic at it and babble on about TV agreements and HR requirements but to reduce a game of cricket to 25 percent of the allotted time is absurd and cheats the fans

Bikram Vohra, October 08, 2017

Truncating a Twenty20 match makes no sense. You can throw all your logic at it and babble on about TV agreements and HR requirements but to reduce a game of cricket to 25 percent of the allotted time is absurd and cheats the fans. It is laughable and makes a mockery of the tie.

This farce of the first T20I between the Australia and India that ended in total nonsense begs several questions.

First T20I between India and Australia was truncated due to rain. AFP

First T20I between India and Australia was truncated due to rain. AFP

What would happen if they game continued for another hour. This sport has enough money leaking out of its ears to pay overtime and ensure that fans who have paid good money are given a fair deal.

Cricket is the only game that shrinks with the weather. If you consider tennis, rain is mandated at Wimbledon. Yet the players do not reduce the match to two sets or shorten them to 3 games a set or all this nonsense we saw last evening. Of course, India were going to score 48 runs in six overs. It was hardly an effort.

Football is played in rain without the match being reduced to 50 minutes.

The fact is that cricket has become a mollycoddled sport and all these prima donnas, from players to officials do not give a whistle in the wind about the con they visit upon the blind fans whose love for the game is no narcotic fix.

The skies would not have fallen if the game had gone on for another hour. The funny part is that everyone is so brainwashed by this biggest conspiracy in international sport, that most of us understand, but we tamely accept this rubbish as if it was gospel.

At the same time during the India-Australia T20I game, the rugby match between the All Blacks and the Springboks was ongoing and come rain or sunshine they played the whole 80 minutes.
Time has come to make sure that these shorter versions rise about the clouds. Adding a clause to the agreements and letting the advertisers get their money's worth would be the right way to go forward. Why should it always break in favour of the ICC rules? Where is it written that this is the gospel and cannot be questioned?

Cricket lovers are like sheep, who are just shrugged away and made to accept whatever is thrown at them.

It's time for them to stop being so nice.

And for the purist, here's a question that needs an answer. Why doesn't the chasing team's target change whenever a wicket falls? Wouldn't that be fair?

Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114