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World Cup #03 – And we’re away! March 13, 2007

Posted by Anand Ramachandran in sports.
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Well, it’s begun.

Chris Gayle has left the building. The excitement is mounting. If you’re reading this, ask yourself why you aren’t somewhere else.

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Empty seats? What’s going on? This is a world cup opener!Featuring the home team, no less!

I’m beginning to wonder if there’s any point to holding the world cup anywhere but in India (maybe Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well). It’s all very well about promoting the game, boosting the economy, and all the other stuff they always bleat about, but a world cup opener with empty seats is NOT a good advertisement.

Here’s hoping we don’t see too much of this.

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The pre-match show was a pleasant surprise. Henry Olonga, Dean Jones and Simon Hughes were crisp, interesting and kept it tight. Even Mandira Bedi managed not to grate on the senses. If only they’d get rid of Charu Sharma.

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