A lazy morning. You get up, having Monday blues. A 9-hour shift awaits, along with your barking dog and adamant, noisy neighbourhood kids. But all is well because cricket is on. That’s the power of this sport in India. No matter how dreadful your day goes, a Team India win always cancels out all the negativity in life. But when your only source of happiness on a dull Monday gets washed out, all hell get loose.
After chewing up Day 1 of the World Test Championship final, the rain was again in a mood to hog all the attention. The persistent downpour forced the officials to abandon Day 4 of the “so-called” final.
While it was raining cats and dogs in Southampton, Twitter was raining with memes, hapless posts, and some harsh words for the International Cricket Council (ICC). After the 2019 World Cup blunder, many thought ICC would give a little more ponder before finalising the venue for the all-important World Test Championship final.
But just like an unfaithful lover, ICC keeps making the same mistake again and again. The summer in England is basically monsoon. And if rain is love, Southampton is the Romeo. It rains throughout June in the city. Shifting the final of a tournament, which has been going on for 2 years, in Southampton was just outrageous.
But just like an arrogant boss, who never takes responsibility for the mess they create, ICC cornered themselves from this as well. While they deprived one team of winning a World Cup in 2019 due to their ‘not so thoughtful’ rule, they are set to deprive two teams of winning the inaugural competition of a historic tournament.
While the fate of the WTC is almost decided (Unless one of the sides pull off a 36-er), an acceptance and a sincere apology from the Apex body could have reduced the pain.
As a hopeful fan, I wish ICC put up a tweet and simply write – Sorry, we messed up!