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Day-Night Cricket, A Great Initiative

Most of the grounds in India do not have adequate roof covering and so the heat becomes a major factor, especially while watching the slower format

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The Day-Night match will give the spectators a better chance to come to watch the game, as not only will some of them be able to see it after a day's work. Wikimedia Commons

The new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly has truly ignited and lit a fire for Test Cricket in India. The first Day-Night Test match to be played in India at one of the most famous cricket venues, Eden Gardens Kolkata, will begin from November 22. This has brought about an interest and excitement, which itself is wonderful for Test cricket.

The old conservative and traditional form of the game, in the fast moving world of today, requires every bit of innovation to get the dwindling crowds back into the stadium. The Day-Night match will give the spectators a better chance to come to watch the game, as not only will some of them be able to see it after a day’s work but also two sessions of the match will be seen in cooler comfort. Most of the grounds in India do not have adequate roof covering and so the heat becomes a major factor, especially while watching the slower format of the game, Test cricket.

One is extremely happy that India, who were reluctant to play a Day-Night Test, have finally accepted to do so. A similar tale of apprehension from India was also seen when the ODI night cricket was being introduced as well as the now most popular cricket format, the T20. India and Indian crowds took to the latter forms

of the limited-overs version, like duck to water and one hopes that the Day-Night Test matches are also followed with the same enthusiasm.

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The old conservative and traditional form of the game, in the fast moving world of today, requires every bit of innovation to get the dwindling crowds back into the stadium. Wikimedia Commons

The idea of night cricket is a very progressive one, however, one of the concerns of a spectator is the lack of facilities and comfort in the stadiums in India. The ordeal starts from the very outset when one is enters the stadium. At most venues the lack of parking and the uncaring attitude at the entrance, whether in the queue or through the security check can be the first of ones disappointments. Unlike abroad where one can enter and also exit whenever one desires to, is another no-no where India is concerned.

At most venues in India, if one goes out of the gate, one is not allowed entry again. A ridiculous rule that makes it impossible for one to enter and exit the stadium at will. The seating and seats are another hardship that one has to encounter. A numbered seat has no relevance to the Indian cricket watcher.

An uncomfortable seat is another matter but to get to it and actually sit on it is a challenge not only at the initial stage but even when one needs to go for a stroll or a break during the match. The idea of a clean and hygienic toilet at the stadium is a dream yet to materialize at most Indian venues. The food and snacks apart from the inferior quality are sold at horrendous prices. Water becomes a luxury rather than a necessity. Those good old days of watching cricket, sharing home cooked delicious snacks and meals was what Test cricket was all about during the match. The companionship of the players on the field and the spectators off it was what made Test matches interesting. The Day-Night match may be a novel way of getting spectators to the ground, but comfort, good seating, affordable tickets and food, good treatment and facilities will be the only way to sustain it in the long run.

England and Australia are good examples of how Test cricket can still be an enjoyable viewing sport and India needs to follow their success structure. Indian cricket seems to have taken the plunge into the Day-Night Test match in a state of great euphoria for all concerned. However, this is an untested area that Indian cricket is venturing into and that too at the highest level of the game without adequate knowledge and trial.

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There is uncertainty in the most essential ingredient of the game, ‘the cricket ball’. India, two years ago, played a Duleep Trophy final match with the pink ball which did not prove successful. Players were not happy as to how the ball became soft and dirty in our conditions and the ball used then was a tested Australian ‘Kookaburra’. Sighting the ball was an issue and with additional lacquer and shine on the pink ball, the variables in playing conditions were quite a lot during the period of the match. One feels that although Virat Kohli and his team have accepted to play an important Test match, that has a significant impact on the points in the World Test Championship, that India should have played many more matches in domestic cricket before venturing into that area of uncertainty.

The curator, with minimum experience in the preparation of the wicket for such a game, will be as much at sea as the bowlers and the batsmen, who have just a few days to acclimatize themselves. India, are planning to use an ‘SG Ball’, which is a novelty in itself, as it has never been used in a match of any significance. How that pink ball will behave in a five day encounter is anyone’s guess.

India may have felt that with a side that has all the ingredients to counter any conditions, victory will still prevail against a weaker opposition such as Bangladesh. On paper that looks correct but Test cricket has brought many such predictions to its knees. One only hopes that the uncertainties of the game with the added uncertainties of the playing conditions do favour India.

The Day-Night cricket may be a great initiative but till thousands of balls with the right specifications and knowledge of the playing surface and its preparation, are not fully understood and most importantly, the spectators comfort improved, this could remain an event to ponder on for time to come. (IANS)

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GoodwillforGood: Vidyut Jammwal Launches Initiative to Support Ideas of Entrepreneurs

Vidyut has also motivated his fans to stay physically and mentally fit during lockdown

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Vidyut Jammwal, Angira Dhar and others snapped during Commando 3 promotions in Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal has started an initiative to support ideas from different parts of India.

Vidyut has been helping and motivating fans to stay physically and mentally fit since the beginning of the lockdown in March, and now he wants to help people stay financially fit too.

Talking about the initiative, Vidyut said: “I am what I am today because of the love and support I have received over the years. GoodwillforGood is an initiative that is very close to my heart and it is my way of giving it back to society. I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it. Through this initiative, I will promote these brilliant minds and their unconventional proposals.”

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“I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it.”, says Vidyut. Pixabay

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The fitness enthusiast is best known for starring in the “Commando” franchise.

Vidyut will next be seen in the movie “Khuda Haafiz”. (IANS)

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#ThankYouIndianRailways: WolfzHowl Partners Mavcomm Group to Launch a New Initiative

WolfzHowl has released a 1-minute 45-second long '#ThankYouIndianRailways' video

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#ThankYouIndianRailways initiative was launched by WolfzHowl in association with Mavcomm Group. Pixabay

In an effort to show solidarity with the Indian Railways which has helped lakhs of stranded migrants reach home via ‘Shramik special trains, consultant firm WolfzHowl in association with Mavcomm Group have launched a new #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative.

The aim is to contribute in spreading that light of positivity in these rather bleak Covid-19, the companies said in statement.

The #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative has been created to highlight the tireless work the Indian Railways has been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

WolfzHowl has released a 1-minute 45-second long ‘#ThankYouIndianRailways’ video on various social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter with a ‘chuk chuk rail gadi’ song as a tribute to the Indian Railways.

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The #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative has been created to highlight the tireless work the Indian Railways has been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Pixabay

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“Celebrating the achievements of our Indian railways in the fight against Covid-19 is a celebration of our own ingenuity as a nation,” said Kalyan Ram Challapalli, Chief Strategist and Founder, WolfzHowl Strategic Instigations.

“It’s an honour to be associated as partners with this campaign which expresses our appreciation for the stellar role played by Indian Railways in serving the people and nation amongst not only the Covid-19 situation but at all times,” added Anand Mahesh Talari, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mavcomm Group. (IANS)

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ICC Publishes Guidelines for Safe Resumption of Cricket

ICC has provided framework for safe resumption of cricket in all parts of the world

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ICC has has provided the framework for cricket to restart safely all over the world. Wikimedia Commons

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket to assist its members in restarting cricket activity in their countries as government restrictions owing to COVID-19 start to relax.

“ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines” is a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives, and provides guidance for the safe resumption of community cricket, domestic professional cricket and international cricket.

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The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world. Wikimedia Commons

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The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, rather it provides a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission of infection with the COVID-19 virus.

The ICC advises its Members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies for return to cricket activity in compliance, in all cases, with local and national government regulations (which should always take precedence) and to ensure the cricket community applies the necessary safety measures when resuming cricket. (IANS)