Rain, rain, rain.
Yesterday, the fourth ODI between England and India at the Oval was marred by persistent rain, finally ending as a tie (not a draw, mind you, but a tie) on the Duckworth-Lewis method. (Isn’t the method supposed to produce a result? Isn’t that its only purpose?)
Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, the fifth day of the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Australia was greatly shortened by rain, helping the hosts preserve a draw.
AND: in Holland, their one day match against Kenya has been delayed by rain. The Kenyans tour of the Netherlands has been a complete washout so far.
Now, I realize that rain delays and rain shortened matches are nothing new in the sport. They have been dealing with it for well over a hundred years now, and I am sure smarter people than myself have come up with theories on how to best combat the rain. Domes, floodlights so matches can play into the evening to make up overs lost to weather, different colored balls…etc, and I am not saying I have any answers here, but something has to be done.
It doesn’t help that the sport is wildly popular in three of the wettest nations on the planet (India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh) (Cherrpunji, on the eastern slopes of the Himalaya in Shillong, India, is the wettest place on Earth), and even England is infamous for its damp summers, but I still think there has to be a solution to this. I always say that there is always so much cricket, but really, when you think about it, there isn’t.
When a minnow has a test washed out, for instance, that might have been one of only five they will play all year long. In Major League Baseball however, by comparison, if they lose a game to weather, who cares, as they have 161 other games to play.
Get to work, ICC. Forget about DRS or the IPL or the Associates, let’s figure out this rain issue.
I mean, for crying out, the means in which the sport decides rain shortened one-dayers (The Duckworth-Lewis Method) is the most ridiculously complicated thing ever. I think Google’s search algorithm is easier to understand. It attempts to understand and accurately predict the outcome of a sporting event, which is seriously insane when you think about it.
That’s it from here. Thankfully, it looks as though the rain is going to hold off in England today, which means I have County Championship matches to follow.