IMPERFECT SCHEDULING

The scheduling of a cricket series in this part of the year is being examined. ICC President, Percy Sonn, who is in Sri Lanka, had a point when he said one of the alternatives to avoid a tournament being devastated by the weather would be to havean indoor stadium, writes S. Dinakar.

Perhaps the most entertaining piece of cricketing action during the whole week in Colombo was Tillekaratne Dilshan's little son Rushandu bowling to Chaminda Vaas in one of the corridors in the Taj Samudra hotel.

Then there were the 22 deliveries from the first India-Sri Lanka ODI.

Clouds ruled the skies and rain had the final say. In a decision taken by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), keeping the weather forecast in mind, the three-match Unitech series was called off, after rain washed out play in the second ODI at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, with no chance of having any cricket on the reserve day on an outfield that had become increasingly soggy.

Samantha Alagama, media manager of the Sri Lankan team, said the SLC was hopeful that South Africa, which pulled out due to security concerns of what was originally meant to be a tri-series, could be persuaded to take part, with the host and India, at a suitable date in 2007.

The scheduling of the event in this part of the year has come under the scanner. ICC President, Percy Sonn, who is in Sri Lanka, had a point when he said one of the alternatives to avoid a tournament being devastated by the weather would be to have an indoor stadium, like the Telstradome in Melbourne, in place.