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Weather may decide rotation policy

If Sachin Tendulkar, is the hero of the venue, rain is its villain, writes Amol Karhadkar.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2005 17:14 IST

If Sachin Tendulkar, with four Test centuries at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, is the hero of the venue, rain is its villain.

The washed-out first day's play of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka was the fourth consecutive international match to be affected. Cricket followers now seek an answer to one question: Why are matches scheduled in Chennai at this time of the year, when the coastal parts in south India experience NorthEastern monsoons?

"Chennai experiences monsoons during October 15 and December 15 every year," says S R Ramanan, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai. "Though the rains were deficient the last three years, it was surprising to see two matches being scheduled in November."

It's time the BCCI's fixtures committee gives the issue a thought. Niranjan Shah, the newly appointed BCCI secretary, says the matter will be discussed during the BCCI schedule and fixtures committee meeting in Mumbai on Saturday.

"Maybe we need to look into the weather conditions while adopting the rotation policy," Shah says. Robin Singh, one of the most successful international cricketers from Chennai, however, does not consider matches in Chennai as scheduling mistakes.

"I have never seen such heavy showers of late," says Singh. "So it's not fair to blame anybody for scheduling matches here at this time of the year."

First Published: Dec 03, 2005 17:14 IST