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India and the Chairman’s XI don’t feel like playing any more

By johnboy - 21 December 2011 20

The Canberra Times have the bizarre news that with no rain, decent light, and 45 runs needed for victory the teams at Manuka have decided they don’t feel like playing any more.

But at 0-100, with dropped Test batsmen Usman Khawaja on 56 runs and Phil Hughes on 42 runs, both teams agreed to end the match with 45 runs still required for the victory, citing possible injury concerns prior to the upcoming Boxing Day Test.

The match has been declared a draw.

A truly meaningful match then.

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20 Responses to
India and the Chairman’s XI don’t feel like playing any more
welkin31 9:19 am 22 Dec 11

I have tried to find out how much time was left. Any Rioters know ?
I have only ever heard of games being stopped by mutual consent when the consensus is that there is not enough time to realistically expect a result.

Thumper 8:53 am 22 Dec 11

The Indians, with so much money and therefore influence over the game internationally, can pretty much do what they want.

And they do. The rest of the international cricketing community pretty much panders to their every whim.

Diggety 2:53 am 22 Dec 11

BimboGeek said :

The practice game last week was alsop a draw. Is someone being polite?

Politically Correct, probably.

thatsnotme 10:50 pm 21 Dec 11

Rusalka said :

As I’m not a cricket fan I must have missed the memo, but could someone let me know why it is now the “Chairmans XI” instead of the “PMs XI”?

The PM’s XI is a different game – this one hasn’t replaced it. The PM’s XI is a one day game – this one was a 3 day (or, as it turns out, more a 1 1/2 day) warm up match.

creative_canberran 10:48 pm 21 Dec 11

I only saw the footage on the news, but I did not see one seat in the stands taken. The noise Win attributed to the spectators sounded like their camera guy swearing.

LSWCHP 10:42 pm 21 Dec 11

Thumper said :

Holden Caulfield said :

No surprise really given the Indians threatened to walk out on Monday during that morning’s heavy rain!

Ed Cowan is probably the only bloke to get anything out of the match.

The Indians treat cricket with contempt.

That puts me in the same camp as the Indians, and I played a bit of competitive cricket a long time ago.

Cricket isn’t special though. It’s a great game, but like most professional sports these days it appears (at least to my jaundiced eyes) to be riddled with gambling related corruption, excessive salaries paid to fools, fools behaving very badly in public, fools behaving behaving very badly in private which then becomes public (Monaghan!!), general craziness (cf recent AIS female cyclist saga) etc etc etc.

I love sport and I engage in a number of amateur sporting activities, as do all my family. But adding money to the mix just seems to suck out everything that is good and noble about decent and honest competiition, and replaces it with crapola.

BenMac 10:34 pm 21 Dec 11

Rusalka said :

As I’m not a cricket fan I must have missed the memo, but could someone let me know why it is now the “Chairmans XI” instead of the “PMs XI”?

There’s 2. The Chairman’s (of Cricket Australia) XI and the PM’s XI which is against Sri Lanka on Feb 2nd.

Rusalka 8:36 pm 21 Dec 11

As I’m not a cricket fan I must have missed the memo, but could someone let me know why it is now the “Chairmans XI” instead of the “PMs XI”?

poetix 8:36 pm 21 Dec 11

Sounds like a good one to have missed!

Thumper 8:21 pm 21 Dec 11

Holden Caulfield said :

No surprise really given the Indians threatened to walk out on Monday during that morning’s heavy rain!

Ed Cowan is probably the only bloke to get anything out of the match.

The Indians treat cricket with contempt.

Holden Caulfield 7:42 pm 21 Dec 11

No surprise really given the Indians threatened to walk out on Monday during that morning’s heavy rain!

Ed Cowan is probably the only bloke to get anything out of the match.

New Yeah 4:23 pm 21 Dec 11

There were a fair few boos and calls for refunds (not to mention slurring the visitors as ‘crooks’) when stumps were pulled.

In all honesty, the game fizzled out towards the end and was not much more than a net session writ large.

EvanJames 4:12 pm 21 Dec 11

The match was suspended due to lack of interest. The 12th men had retired to the bar, the outfield were asleep or flirting with spectators and the bowler had to sing out before each run-up to get the batsman’s attention. When the umpires began sledging the boring play, it was decided to play the rest of the match in the bar.

BimboGeek 3:48 pm 21 Dec 11

The practice game last week was alsop a draw. Is someone being polite?

troll-sniffer 3:28 pm 21 Dec 11

Was there an entry fee charged to spectators? If so there’d have to be grounds (sic) for a refund non?

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