Thursday, October 6, 2005

For a Bit of Sky

But the argument against the roof isn't a romantic one. It is fundamental. Cricket does not need to be protected from nature because nature, despite playing the occasional spoilsport, considerably enhances the game. Conditions are fundamental to cricket. The sun, the clouds, the breeze all play their part in making the game lively and interesting. The sun bakes the pitch for the spinner, the clouds make the atmosphere heavy to aid swing bowling, the breeze assists movement. The cost of an odd rainy day is a trifle considering what cricket stands to lose by closing itself out to nature.
Sambit Bal makes a case against playing cricket in an indoor stadium: Trapped inside Telstra Dome.

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