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Too close for comfort?

cricket Updated: Apr 11, 2011 00:39 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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A few days back, the IPL governing council decided that team owners will not sit with their teams in the dugout. The decision has come into effect, though more in letter than spirit.

On Sunday, during the Mumbai Indians-Delhi Daredevils match, the owners didn't sit in the dugout; but they were comfortably seated on a sofa merely five feet away from the dugout.

That makes one wonder what was the idea behind banning the owners from the dugouts?

A probable explanation could be that the governing council didn't want the owners and the players to interact or the owners to interfere with the team while the match is on.

If that was the intention, then it was defeated by the decision to allow the owners to sit so close to the dugout. As witnessed on Sunday, the owners, like what the Mumbai Indians owner often did, could easily walk over to the dugout and interact with the players.

One can't also blame the owners for interacting with the team while they are sitting at arm's length from them.

The governing council had decided to provide a special owner's seating area.

If the idea was to create the area so close to the dugouts, then it is a needless exercise, to say the least.