History repeating itself
In the recently concluded test match in Antigua and Barbuda the third day of play was interrupted briefly by rain. However, to everyone’s amazement the delay was extended, not by further rain but rather by the inability of the drainage system in place to adequately deal with the water left by the earlier rainfall. It took five and one half hours before play could resume.
Things would perhaps be not so embarrassing had the same incident not occurred one year ago during the Cricket World Cup 2007 in the same newly constructed arena.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, clearly embarrassed by the recent incident, took to the media explaining that his government has expended much by way of resources since the last year’s occurrence to correct the situation only to have it repeated.
When the regional governments were somehow encouraged to build these outlandishly expensive facilities few seemed to have had their heads properly screwed on at the time. None of them seemed to have given due consideration to what the future held for the sport to which they were committing themselves.
The sport of cricket is clearly evolving and at a very rapid pace. In the haste to keep pace with developments in other sport and to remain attractive to international audiences the sport has seen several innovations. The latest innovation is the Twenty20 format.
The test match now seems to be under threat in the world of cricket. It takes five days to play a test match, under normal circumstances.
There was a time when five consecutive days of playing cricket was considered too much and a rest day was provided to allow for some recovery of the players. Soon enough the rest day was dropped.