Asia Cup 2010 June 25, 2010

An absorbing tournament with few watchers

The 2010 edition of the Asia Cup remained unexceptional due to haphazard organising and, despite some striking on-field battles, did not provide too many pointers to the World Cup preparations of the top teams
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When a major tournament involving the continent's four Test playing nations is held entirely in a small town, you'd expect the place to be buzzing with excitement. During the league phase of the Asia Cup, though, barring the jacked-up security presence and hotel rates, Dambulla barely acknowledged its existence. There was no sense of anticipation regarding the matches, no billboards or posters advertising that the tournament was on, and until you got within sight of the stadium, you didn't even see any flags or face-painted fans.

The buzz was palpable only on the day of the finals, when fans poured in to cheer the favourites, only to be disappointed by an Indian side that capitalised on the ample assistance the pitch provided under lights to topple Sri Lanka.

Though the fans might not have been whipped into a frenzy, the Asia Cup had some high-quality contests except for the matches involving Bangladesh, who were handed ritual thrashings by the rest. While many worry about the future of the ODI, a couple of riveting games involving Pakistan - the tournament opener against Sri Lanka and the clash against India - showcased the strengths of the 50-over game over the Twenty20 format: the many chances to get back in a game, and extended hostile spells of bowling (Mohammad Aamer and Shoaib Akhtar at the start of the Indian innings.)

In the end, the title triumph added to MS Dhoni's already impressive list of captaincy achievements in all formats: the World Twenty20 in 2007, the CB series in 2008, and overseeing the final phase in the rise to the No. 1 ranking in Tests.

However, in a tournament portrayed as the start of the build-up to the World Cup, not many questions over India's team composition were answered over the past two weeks in Dambulla. While five senior batsmen are likely starters in the one-day side, none of the youngsters performed well enough to firm up their places, and none of them were poor enough over this tournament and the Zimbabwe series to be dismissed from the race for a middle-order berth. The bowling line-up more or less picks itself and there was no change in that status quo over the Asia Cup.

Sri Lanka, too, hardly gleaned any pointers towards their 2011 preparations. The lower-middle order is a problem area for them and none of Thilina Kandamby, Thilan Samaraweera and Chamara Kapugedera did enough to settle the tussle for the No. 6 and 7 spots. Also, Farveez Maharoof was recalled as a bowling allrounder, but it remains to be seen whether his blow-hot-blow-cold efforts merit a long run at No. 8.

Pakistan may not have made the finals, but the tournament wasn't a write-off for them. Given the shenanigans over the past year, any competition that goes off without murmurs of infighting and on-field controversy should be deemed a success. Then there was Shoaib Akhtar, yet to reach fitness levels necessary for punishing spells of international cricket, showing he can still crank up the pace and rub opponents the wrong way. The biggest bonus was the batting of their captain Shahid Afridi, who combined judicious stroke-selection while retaining the panache of old.

The most disappointing of the lot was Bangladesh, who repeated the old 'we're improving' mantra before sinking without resistance in all their matches. They at least had Alok Kapali's blistering 115 against India to console themselves two years ago, but this time there weren't even any standout individual performances - with bat or ball - to cling on to.

Another letdown was the low-intensity of the floodlights at the stadium. There were plenty of complaints from batsmen and fielders about sighting the ball under lights and that, allied to the increased help for bowlers in the evening, made it an almost entirely a win-toss-and-bat tournament. The helter-skelter scheduling also raised questions, with no match on Sunday and the final being held on a Thursday, though the day after was a holiday.

This was the 10th edition of the Asia Cup, but the organisers showed little interest in building a sense of history around the tournament. Unless they manage to evoke that in both fans and players, the Asia Cup will remain an unexceptional one-day tournament, failing to excite people even in the small town, where it was supposed to be the sporting highlight of the year.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 29, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    @ Vipin Kumar - Sorry for u man . Come up . You asked "why SL is not match fixing?" I d like to ask hv u got any evidence to prove?. Has anybody in history involved ?If u did its hard to escape as cricketers are under the scanner of ICC. A series defeat doesnt mean that they hv fixed them ..Somebody has to lose in a game . its the reality . Dont judge Sri lankans in Indian scales.

  • POSTED BY Kumar_cricket on | June 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    I think one of the major reasons for few watchers is too many matches between India and Srilanka . Too many India - Srilanka encouters actually killed interest of the tournment.But the worst thing is these two are gonna play another series right after the test series. I am goona pray for heavy rain for next odi tournament which involve both India-Srilanka.

  • POSTED BY Sampath_KCS on | June 28, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    All in SL Cricket at the moment are just earning there bread & butter & have no interest in developing the game. All of them are political appointees & you cannot expect nothing more than that from them. Only Aravinda De Silva is there with clean hands & I'm sure that he will resign before the World Cup. If we are to develop Cricket we need to have a Controlling Body organized & chasing out those political henchmen. Bring back a person like Thilanga Sumathipala or Ana Punchihewa. They'll do the job.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    bu why not Sri Lanka involved to match fixing? because the reason you have gave that are reason also gave when South Africa came in India, if you go in history. Thty gave very good reason at starting and every one believing that they are right but EOD world know what happed.

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 27, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    @ V.Gomez - Dont try to get Sri Lanka involved to match fixing stories . Its true that we lost the final due to batting mistakes . But we know they are serving the best to our country . Well BCCI financially helped SLC .Yet Sri lanka won last two tounaments which India involved b4 Asia Cup . T20 match also can be added. So actully india dropped from No 2 to 3 bcoz of Sri lanka s victories . Same might happen in Tests in upcoming test series vs Sri Lanka. Dont masure Sri Lankan cricketers in your scales .

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    The Asia cup this year was the worst organised of its kind.After all ,if you want people to watch you should make it people -friendly .Wrong timing and the fact that all mathes were at Dambulla spoiled the show.If matches are predictable they become boring. Plus,I don't think anyone is interested in yet another 4-nation series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    don't place these kind of historic tournaments without a plan or publicity. its not an english county match that has only the security as the cheerleaders.just make it big. it involves big people so just make it big. WC and other are silly reasons a 90 min game does'nt stop a one-day game unwatched

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    In India this tournament was barely noticed. Even the rare India-Pak encounter was missed by most. 1. Don't schedule a major tournament with FIFA WC and Wimbledon going around. Indian upper middle class give more importance to WC than this tame cup. 2. Indian fans are justifiably disillusioned with our national team after their recent outings. Even though Yuvi's absence help improve the strength, we are still in boycott mood. 3. There are far too many ODIs. 4. Last but not the least, we dont want to see any more India-SL matches for the next few years.

  • POSTED BY V.GOMES on | June 27, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    How come Sri Lanka never ever complains of being approached by Indian bookies. Everyone has,.. even Pakistan complained of being approached by Indian bookies "In Sri Lanka"'. Same with South Africa,.. even Bangladesh. But never Sri Lanka. The fact of the matter is that India bailed out Sri Lanka Cricket from going bankrupt last year (USD 60 Million). Since then the two teams have played every other month due to which India moved to #1 position on both test and ODI. But the games played in Sri Lanka and India have been very suspect. (a) Sri Lanka keeps beating India when playing outside of India or Sri Lanka (b) India have won 90% of the coin tosses vs Sri Lanka (c) Always wins the toss in the finals AGAINST Sri Lanka. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    I think they need to fix some of the slots.

    Sri Lanka: 1. Tharanga, 2. Dilshan, 3. Jayawardene, 4. Sangakkara, 5. Kandamby, 6. Mathews, 7. J Mendis, 8. A Mendis, 9. Kulasekara, 10. Malinga, 11. Randiv/Welegedera

    Most slots are settled, pick between Welegedera and Randiv depending on the pitch offered, and have guys like Fernando, Maharoof, Perera and Kapugedera on the fringes.

    Pakistan: 1. Butt, 2. Hasan/Farhat/Amin, 3. U Akmal, 4. Malik, 5. K Akmal, 6. Afridi, 7. Razzaq, 8. Ajmal/Alam, 9. Aamer, 10. Asif, 11. Ahktar

    Opening slot is in contention, the rest of the team is pretty strong. On pitches that aren't turning, play Alam as the extra batsman and have Afridi, Malik and Alam getting through the spin overs.

    India has lots of talent but their team balance is questionable. They are in definite need of a pace-bowling allrounder, especially at limited overs level. I really don't see why they can't pick Irfan Pathan at 7, considering Dhoni bats up the order.

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 29, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    @ Vipin Kumar - Sorry for u man . Come up . You asked "why SL is not match fixing?" I d like to ask hv u got any evidence to prove?. Has anybody in history involved ?If u did its hard to escape as cricketers are under the scanner of ICC. A series defeat doesnt mean that they hv fixed them ..Somebody has to lose in a game . its the reality . Dont judge Sri lankans in Indian scales.

  • POSTED BY Kumar_cricket on | June 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    I think one of the major reasons for few watchers is too many matches between India and Srilanka . Too many India - Srilanka encouters actually killed interest of the tournment.But the worst thing is these two are gonna play another series right after the test series. I am goona pray for heavy rain for next odi tournament which involve both India-Srilanka.

  • POSTED BY Sampath_KCS on | June 28, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    All in SL Cricket at the moment are just earning there bread & butter & have no interest in developing the game. All of them are political appointees & you cannot expect nothing more than that from them. Only Aravinda De Silva is there with clean hands & I'm sure that he will resign before the World Cup. If we are to develop Cricket we need to have a Controlling Body organized & chasing out those political henchmen. Bring back a person like Thilanga Sumathipala or Ana Punchihewa. They'll do the job.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    bu why not Sri Lanka involved to match fixing? because the reason you have gave that are reason also gave when South Africa came in India, if you go in history. Thty gave very good reason at starting and every one believing that they are right but EOD world know what happed.

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 27, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    @ V.Gomez - Dont try to get Sri Lanka involved to match fixing stories . Its true that we lost the final due to batting mistakes . But we know they are serving the best to our country . Well BCCI financially helped SLC .Yet Sri lanka won last two tounaments which India involved b4 Asia Cup . T20 match also can be added. So actully india dropped from No 2 to 3 bcoz of Sri lanka s victories . Same might happen in Tests in upcoming test series vs Sri Lanka. Dont masure Sri Lankan cricketers in your scales .

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    The Asia cup this year was the worst organised of its kind.After all ,if you want people to watch you should make it people -friendly .Wrong timing and the fact that all mathes were at Dambulla spoiled the show.If matches are predictable they become boring. Plus,I don't think anyone is interested in yet another 4-nation series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    don't place these kind of historic tournaments without a plan or publicity. its not an english county match that has only the security as the cheerleaders.just make it big. it involves big people so just make it big. WC and other are silly reasons a 90 min game does'nt stop a one-day game unwatched

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    In India this tournament was barely noticed. Even the rare India-Pak encounter was missed by most. 1. Don't schedule a major tournament with FIFA WC and Wimbledon going around. Indian upper middle class give more importance to WC than this tame cup. 2. Indian fans are justifiably disillusioned with our national team after their recent outings. Even though Yuvi's absence help improve the strength, we are still in boycott mood. 3. There are far too many ODIs. 4. Last but not the least, we dont want to see any more India-SL matches for the next few years.

  • POSTED BY V.GOMES on | June 27, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    How come Sri Lanka never ever complains of being approached by Indian bookies. Everyone has,.. even Pakistan complained of being approached by Indian bookies "In Sri Lanka"'. Same with South Africa,.. even Bangladesh. But never Sri Lanka. The fact of the matter is that India bailed out Sri Lanka Cricket from going bankrupt last year (USD 60 Million). Since then the two teams have played every other month due to which India moved to #1 position on both test and ODI. But the games played in Sri Lanka and India have been very suspect. (a) Sri Lanka keeps beating India when playing outside of India or Sri Lanka (b) India have won 90% of the coin tosses vs Sri Lanka (c) Always wins the toss in the finals AGAINST Sri Lanka. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    I think they need to fix some of the slots.

    Sri Lanka: 1. Tharanga, 2. Dilshan, 3. Jayawardene, 4. Sangakkara, 5. Kandamby, 6. Mathews, 7. J Mendis, 8. A Mendis, 9. Kulasekara, 10. Malinga, 11. Randiv/Welegedera

    Most slots are settled, pick between Welegedera and Randiv depending on the pitch offered, and have guys like Fernando, Maharoof, Perera and Kapugedera on the fringes.

    Pakistan: 1. Butt, 2. Hasan/Farhat/Amin, 3. U Akmal, 4. Malik, 5. K Akmal, 6. Afridi, 7. Razzaq, 8. Ajmal/Alam, 9. Aamer, 10. Asif, 11. Ahktar

    Opening slot is in contention, the rest of the team is pretty strong. On pitches that aren't turning, play Alam as the extra batsman and have Afridi, Malik and Alam getting through the spin overs.

    India has lots of talent but their team balance is questionable. They are in definite need of a pace-bowling allrounder, especially at limited overs level. I really don't see why they can't pick Irfan Pathan at 7, considering Dhoni bats up the order.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Ahmed Uetian is so true in his words, "Problem is not with any format of game but with the players quality. Unfortunately the game doesn't have crowed pullers any more. All the youngsters in all the cricketing teams with the of exception DeVilliers are of same breed of mere hardworking book players and neither of them is gifted exciting. People don't want to see same monotonous cricket where bowlers constantly try to ball every ball on same spot outside off stump at medium pace and batters taking dabbed single of every ball and only punishing bad balls. Crowed pays to watch GAME not to watch 22 people doing job. Crowed is intelligent enough to distinguish between job and game. They know "job is boring, game is exciting"."

    I think the last part is 100% true that players are doing their job for earning purpose. Earlier, players played the game for excitement and with dedication for cause of real performance and the true sportsman spirit towards the game.

  • POSTED BY SPGUN on | June 26, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Sanga wud try to put the loss off with his articulate ways. But u cannot hide behind issues forever.Weaknessess are only exposed only if there are any and there are plenty to be seen if one looks at it in a cursory way. The captain himself needs to be more tactically exploiting. eg: letting Raina &Co settle when SL clawed back during the middle overs. Maybe giving up the gloves wud help ! We need another impact bowler like Dilhara though he is hot and cold he cud trouble any batsman when he is hot. Since u dont have many to choose from. The mindset of openers need to change with the conditions and the quality of bowling since getting a good start is very important for us which helps build momentum. need to sort out the middle order slot since that slot is the difference betw. winning and losing.If Kandamby is not fit he shud be asked to get back to fitness be more agile and comeback.Unless we address these we wud keep losing when things dont go our way.

  • POSTED BY Nair_saab on | June 26, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Somebody shutdown all other sports channels in Sri Lanka make the people only to watch NEO SPORTS there. I am sure there wont be any empty seats even for Bangladesh matches.

  • POSTED BY V.GOMES on | June 26, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    When it comes to matches in Sri Lanka, you just need to watch the coin toss. Obviously majority of the public feels the same, thus the low TV audience and match attendance.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    What a win and India have got sweet revenge on both Pakistan and Sri lanka. Shoaib was really pissed off when Bhajji hit a huge six over long on. anyway a good tournament which i enjoyed.CONGRATS INDIA...

  • POSTED BY justjonty on | June 26, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    The final exposed the weaknesses of current day batsmen when presented with slightly unfavourable conditions. If you were to look at the wickets (except for Tharanga's) none of the wickets were great deliveries. Batsmen were bogged down by a sustained spell of seam bowling under helpful conditions (for the bowlers) and almost all of them wanted to hit their way out of trouble. Instead, if they had waited till the end of the 20th over, we could have had a very absorbing final. My mind goes back to a game in Lahore when India chased down almost 280 in very difficult conditions.Dravid got only 20 and Sachin went on to make 90 odd but that was a technical masterclass on how to bat when the conditions are stacked against you. The Sri Lankan batsmen (and even the present day Indian batsmen) can learn so much by just watching that DVD.

  • POSTED BY BapiDas on | June 26, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Saurav Tiwary and Ravi Ashwin were not included in the playing XI in any of the matches and had no 'exposure' to international cricket. Now they are not included in the 'Test' suad for justifiable reasons. But what did they take back from the Asia Cup outing? Can they expect to be called up in the near future? I seriously doubt it. How can the selectors test out the 'bench strength' if the new players don't get the opportunity? After all Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman can not be expected to be playing for long and new faces must get tested before the three Seniors decide to actually hang up their boots!

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    I think I agree with the comment made by Zookinii with regard to Sangakkara. Yes he is a great player but with his age probably he needs to concentrate more on his batting rather than trying to keep wickets and bat at no 3. May be a younger player like Chandimal can do it. Since we also have worries with regard to batting slots of no 6 and 7 it may be a better option for Sanga to give away the keeping glows to Chandimal and he start batting at no 3 or even at 4 where Chandimal can be tested at both no 3 and 6. I think there is a need for a solid player to be in the slot of no 6 or 7 as we cannot afford to let younger players to bat so much under pressure while senior payers are in the dressing room. Also we quickly need to figure out what our pace attack is. Currently Malinga and Kulasekara look ok, but there is a slot for another pace bowler which needs to be filled immediately. Malinga's figures need to improve, I feel that he is trying too many things at times and concede a lot of

  • POSTED BY v_singh on | June 26, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Well - a low TV viewership may be attributed (in Indian context) to the fact that most print and TV media in India have been busy broadcasting FIFA WC news - probably they are backed heavily by FIFA to create a market for their product (the FIFA WC) in India and FIFA can hence generate even more revenues.. Also - fewer cricket matches annually would help in retaining viewers interest..

  • POSTED BY Viper2.0 on | June 26, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Neo cricket-the no 1 sports channel eh,guess it should be modified into the "no 1 worst sports channel" ever.Funny,in the other matches when India aren't playing,there are no adds that interrupt the live telecast.Guess when India are playing,the adds suddenly pop up as if there was some magic.Neo cricket what are you trying to say to indian fans-"watch only the adds and not the match".You people are just simply pathetic in broadcasting and the commentating sucks to the core.What are people like Laxman Sivaramakrishnan,Rameez Raja,and another bangladeshi dude(can't get his name) are doin there.Half the time they are talking some idiotic things like commentating abt the sponsor's and other stuffs.

  • POSTED BY shirman83 on | June 26, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    sure...india plyd well...so thy deserv dat win..also i cnt see a problem on this venue coz itz da only venu srilanka havng in the rainy season , which rain cannot be a fact in the final result lyk champions trophy sum years ago held in premadasa grnds...all the other grounds been under constructions for the upcoming WC...bt i belive sri lanka will bounce back.... guys ,,U all cn remembr last time india win this series in wy back in 1995... also we all kno aftr one year WC was held in Asia an Sri lanka won it...so tz not over yet....best is yet to come...believe..!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Though we have won the first encounter against India, I have closed my expectations of eyes on win once we lost the toss..! It was so sad to loose when you are in a better position.! To be frank Sri Lanka is the better team of the day , but as it always happens under flood lights face bowlers do the best.! even if Indians were batted i am sure they could had restricted for around 225 or less.! well Asia cup 2010 is over. What it reflects, have look at the ground conditions again the great cricket interim committee please. when your team is in the highest rung what made a interest to the fans if they loose cheaply in the home soil .! as clearly says here i really wondered on no matches on Sundays & final played on a before long week end.Jokes.! Comedy is by that date more than million of people have passed the ground to go to anuradapura.! please don't be seated!! use the common sense on working.!

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | June 26, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    From the point of view of cricket's development, the time and money spent on this tournament would have been better spent on having the teams compete with other Asian teams in T20 at the Asian Games. Throw in the top eight top Asian non-Test nations according to ICC rankings: Afghanistan, Hong Kong (i.e China), UAE, Oman, Nepal, Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia - and you've got a 12-nation tournament that can be finished in five days. Place them in four groups of three, play one group game a day, and thus play all three group matches in three days. Group winners go into semifinals and play on day four. The final and bronze medal match are on day five. As this is T20, playing four games in five days isn't a big deal. But if it is, you've still got a couple of rest days to make it a week, which works very well for the Asian Games.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Having watched almost all the matches in the tournament I feel that Sri Lankan outfit was complacent from first ball itself in the finals or may be even before the day of the finals. That may be one of the reason they stayed back without practicing on 23rd while Indian team was putting heart and soul into finals. Bottom line is that Sri Lanka has failed, miserably failed to deliver where it matters.

    Also it was reported that there was a selection controversy day before the finals. Though the concerned player is a great player, one should not let any player to be over the administers of the game. I am sure administers made a decision with reasons. They also should have put their foot down and made it clear to the concerned player. At the end of the day, the selection of this player probably did not have a bearing in the final result of the match.

    I personally felt that the selection of Maharoof for final was a blunder, just because he took a hat-trick in the previous match.

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | June 26, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    More proof that the ODI format is dead. There would have been more interest if all the matches had been T20s. And as engaging as some matches were, they would have been even more engaging if the middle bits had been cut out i.e. if they had been T20s. People should stop trying to defend the ODI format - right now it's past dead and is living in some weird buffyistic undead existence. The public know it and it's time cricket writers knew it as well. Wake up and smell the coffee, people.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    As far as result of games is cocerned anybody can check is online for that one doesn't need to even switch on the TV, let alone coming to ground

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Problem is not with any format of game but with the players quality. Unfortunately the game doesn't have crowed pullers any more. All the youngsters in all the cricketing teams with the of exception DeVilliers are of same breed of mere hardworking book players and neither of them is gifted exciting. People don't want to see same monotonous cricket where bowlers constantly try to ball every ball on same spot outside off stump at medium pace and batters taking dabbed single of every ball and only punishing bad balls. Crowed pays to watch GAME not to watch 22 people doing job. Crowed is intelligent enough to distinguish between job and game. They know "job is boring, game is exciting".

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Crowed want o see intimidating Champion bowlers like Waqar, Wasim, Ambrose, Mc Grath, Shane Warne blasting off the average batters collecting 5 wicket halls whereas exciting champion batters like Tendulkar, Lara, Jayasuria, De Silva, Sehwag, Gilgrist, Ponting and perfectionist like Kallis counter attacking by smashing boundaries of great deliveries and scoring magnificent centuries. This is why these geniuses were called crowed pullers and even today you can see how crowed is pulled when Tendulkar plays. People want to see intense battle between ball and bat: champion bowlers like Akram, who can ball 6 different deliveries in an over, challenging batsmen with furious yorkers and bouncers; and champion batsmen responding by smashing boundaries. In this Asia cup the only advertisers of game were Malinga, Shoaib Akhtar and Aridi.

  • POSTED BY NIPE on | June 26, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    There are valid reasons as to why the tournament was held in Dambulla.But SLC and ACC should have looked into the interest of the tournament more than this. One comment was made as to why Afganistan or Hongkong was not playing.Even a country like Nepal would have been given a chance.Atleast they could have played with Bangladesh and the qualifying country should have joined India,Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Motive should be to make more interest about cricket in Asia.That is why it is cold the "Asia Cup".

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Asia Cup 2010 India Win after 15 years. Other side Sri Lanka have hatric chance but they miss it resion INDIA looks to strong then Sli Lanka. and erd favourate team is Pakistan they played very well but Pakistani are unlucky for quilify for Finla at the end they are in 3rd Place but Pakistani caption Shahid Afrid played very well with 2 century (100)

  • POSTED BY Zookinii on | June 25, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    How did Sri Lanka go wrong? 1. Maharoof - yeah he was good in a dead rubber. A dead rubber means nothing though. India is a talented side and you need your best players for a final. Maharoof is not one of them, you could see by the way he was fielding. How much did he give away? Welegedara would have been a better selection ahead of him as his general skills are quite better. 2. No selection of Samaraweera - this player is perfect for the situations SL found themselves in today. He is a class act, he could definitely be SL's equivalent to India's "wall" if he was given more opportunity to play and develop. He's also a centurion. No idea why the hell Kandamby was selected before him. After Mahela, Tharanga, and Dilshan were dismissed I knew there were no more capable batsmen available to deliver the team. 3. Sangakkara really needs to use another wicket keeper in future. He can't bat and wicket keep in the same game now. It's too draining on him phyysically and it affects his batting!

  • POSTED BY Diyan82 on | June 25, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka.............Captain and Players simple question for you......when was the last time that you made it to a Tournament Final and actually won it......how many years ago did that actually happen?????????????

  • POSTED BY jayrkay on | June 25, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    one thing, I must admitt, I did not see the matches, but I followed them on CRICINFO site. I must admit, why on earth they played the matches In Dambulla. Agree, there were only few matches, and not enough corners to go on this small Island. I wish I was there to watch Pakistan/Sri Lanka, India/Bangladesh and the final Sri Lanka/India. India and Sri Lanka were just interested in fine tuning, but the other two were serious on putting up teams. I admire specially Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    There is no reason to belittle the series. Both Pakistan and Bangladesh are bent on forming good teams. Both these two countries are fighting the National and petty cricket local politics. Of all the teams, Sri Lanka should be given an A

  • POSTED BY mobihhh on | June 25, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    all in all was a good tournament, i think the last two matches played between India and Sri Lanka was responsible of writers article. These two matches was totally boring. true cricket was displayed by the Pakistani only...about the spectators i m afraid of having a WC there.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    I have lost total interest of watching cricket on pathetic channels like neo cricket , ten sports , etc cause they are more interested in showing ads and less cricket .. first we had ads inbetween overs and now we have ads inbetween each delivery , sometimes 2 ads .. my eyes ached like hell when i saw 5 overs of Ind vs Pak game . they kept resizing the screen with ads atleast 2 times inbetween 1 ball . Something must be done to stop this . it looks like neo cricket and others are showing adverts as the main program with cricket thrown inbetween .. Neo cricket is right when it brags they are the number 1 sports channel because they are right .. the are the number 1 sports channel from behind .. God bless Indian viewers in the coming years as i only see the coverage get worse unless something is done to stop ads inbetween deliveries ..

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | June 25, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    @Young.Lion - I didn't get the impression that the writer was running down Sri Lankan spectators. Dambulla is a very small and not very wealthy place and the reality is that local people there have to go to work on most days. There's very little in the way of accommodation for travelling spectators there, too. If you were to hold a tournament of this nature entirely at one venue anywhere in the world then my guess is that crowds would be small. In a place like Dambulla they're going to be smaller still, since it's a long journey to get to Dambulla from any major population centres in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately I think Dambulla is the only international venue in Sri Lanka that is usable at this time of the year because of the weather. I seem to remember that the tournament dates were moved to accommodate the World Twenty20 and the IPL, which created this unfortunate situation. Had the matches been able to be shared out between venues, then I'm sure we'd have seen much better crowds.

  • POSTED BY GEBF on | June 25, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    The Cricket was very good, sadly though Sri Lanka failed when required, the 3 Match Winners : Mahela, Malinga & Murali were unable to repeat their magic. The Capt & the rest of the so called Seniors fail on a consistent basis. Well done India & Afridi .

    Note : I think Arjuna is much quicker between the wickets than Kandamby ,

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Well i thought that the organizers could have done well to give a chance to other cricket playing nations such as Hong kong ,Afghanistan..etc..just to develop the interest of the game in their country and the game as well...MSD has proved that he is great captain and the team showed a lot of character in the final..well played team India..cheers!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sanyaal on | June 25, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Article? well, this seems to be more like a blame-blog. I might be wrong, but thats true. Congrats to INDIA, PAK, SL and BAN and SLC for good tournament. I totally agree with one of earlier comments to include AFGHANISTAN, that team really would have provided some more entertainment. At one point the article says that its feather to MSD's impressive record, agreed. We need to see the same amount of enthusiasm when India is knocked from any tournament. You can't expect every day to be sunday.

    Lack of spectators in the tournament was poor. What? I agree with couple of earlier comments about population etc. I was on the lucky side to not have watched the ASIA cup on Neo Cricket. If they continue to broadcast more matches, then expect people to throng at stadiums even if weak-links are playing. I read in other article that ACC are not provided with an enhanced window where more teams from asia can be included. I say to scrap IPL and you will get enough time to organise QUALITY CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY layya on | June 25, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    very disappointment performance by SL in finals.we are over dependent on Dilshan, mahela and sanga.i should also add that dilshan is a terrific player but it makes no sense why he playd that stroke in the finals going nowhere evn it hits the middle of the bat.talking abt the venue SL ddnt hv a single alternative to play asia cup othr than dambulla cause it's rainly season in CMB and all other internatinal grounds r under construction for WC 2011.match scheduling was very poor as well, playing a non host competing match on saturday and playing finals on a thrusday.an average tournament altogethr.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Well Dambulla is not a traditional cricket playing area like Colombo,Kandy or Galle.If the motive was to take the sport to the countryside it should have been done in a bit more exciting way by moving few matches to more popular destinations. As the writer has pointed out it is amazing how one day cricket has been ignored by the crowds .Most of the grounds appear empty even when the local team was playing.This is not a healthy sign for 50 over game which I believe represent the all aspects of cricket.The test matches, no time to watch and boring most of the times.20-20 not exactly cricket and more simulating baseball.I hope 50 over cricket will prevail for a long time to come.

  • POSTED BY Sabtain on | June 25, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I am from Pakistan I remember 1992 world cup in Australia. Though its being played in Asia I still think it should have been played in place like Australia then in England or in South Africa Where fans come it becomes excited. SriLanka never had interesting matches in term of fans presence and excitement boring faces no advertisements and mostly hit by rain.

  • POSTED BY Young.Lion on | June 25, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    I think this writer is biased and unfair. His intention appears to be to run down cricket and spectators in Sri Lanka. This journalist should understand the following factors before writing such rubbish:- 1. No of spectators at a match is proportional to the population of the country. 2. It depends on hours of play as most spectators are working employees and school children. 3. There is definitely too much cricket being played nowadays. 4. Most people prefer to watch cricket on TV in the comfort of home with replays (slow motion), hawk-eye facilities and expert comments. 5. These jurnos should suggest ways and means to attract crowds rather than merely blaming fans for not atteding. Having D/N Tests within four days restricting each innings to 90 overs is a good idea. Lionel Rajapakde.

  • POSTED BY cheeco on | June 25, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Excellent article. Not surprised by the outcome or the non-excitement. I would say all four teams played very well. In a cricket match, other than the teams factors pitch, weather, toss and now Day and Night formats plays a significant roll in the results. I would bet if Srilanka would have won the match if they had won the toss. Yet I think India is a better team. Srilanka would have played first and India would have faced them under lights. Dhoni is a better captain but his team does not support him 100%. Pakistan and Srilanka teams rally behind their captain fully. Bangladesh is the coming up very nicely and all the rest of the teams should keep an eye on them. As far as politics not get involved we will love cricket for a long time.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    The annoying things about commercials: 1) Many a times you don't get to see first and last delivery of an over completely. 2) No replay of a 4 or a 6 if it's on last ball of the over. 3) You cannot hear commentator's analysis of a wicket, let alone seeing the replay. And the list goes on. These things will eventually lead to thinning of cricket-watching population.

  • POSTED BY topspeed55 on | June 25, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with 50 over game. As Geoff Boycott said, why to fix if its not broken. I think twenty20 should go or the cricket will become more of a baseball game rather than true cricket. Nobody plays baseball except USA. Twenty20 will kill the game as its too easy to commercialise the game and just wait till corruption hits the game. I mean corruption has already started I wish its not too late. Wake-up ICC. I don't like Baseball at all and thats where cricket is heading.

  • POSTED BY XooX on | June 25, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    India is considered to be the largest base for cricket - considered one of the better teams. Heck, we are also number one or something...But it's so sad that Indians have to live through the most unbearable telecasts..Don't these guys at Neo Cricket have a heart. We love our games, people...You want me to move base to an England or Austrlais just so I can enjoy my cricket better?

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    NEO cricket - advertisement = 0 (no cricket)...:(

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    i'm totally agree with u kushan ..these r the answers in summary for Siddarth article

    1.why all the matches in dambulla:-cause this is a rainy reasons in other parts in srilanka 2.no crowd:- SL is a small country and it's a economic era in this time in srilanka ppl have to concentrate on there jobs than watching cricket 3.why final not in holiday :- cause it's a buddist holiday most of the ppl attend to temples and in front of dambulla ground there are lots of temples and it'll be disturbing to those temples sermonize . 4.u said "Sri Lanka, too, hardly gleaned any pointers towards their 2011 preparations":-well 1995 india won the Asia cup but Srilanka won the world cup in 1996,so just wait and watch ...SL will bounce back ..

  • POSTED BY The_Dane on | June 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Siddharth Ravindran, you have got the entire Asia Cup fiasco down to a tee! I salute you! I'm in Sri Lanka and I must say that the entire tournament was a total and utter failure with lethargic and inept organizers... I'm not calling "sour grapes" here, but I'm merely being frank... Frankly, down here in Colombo, nobody was in the very least interested in the Asia Cup, there was little or no advertising as mentioned in the article... The ads in between overs, wickets etc. take up most of the cricket match, which I believe is around 60% to 65% of the viewing time... It's sad to note that the Asia Cup which should be 2nd only to the World Cup, given that 3 of the world's best teams are in fray is reduced to a contest which is of less attraction than a school cricket tournament! And what's with all the matches barring 1, hosted on week days? And the one on the weekend wasn't even a match including the hosts! All in all, it was a terrible and horrendous tournament!

  • POSTED BY karthikk-h on | June 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Very poor broadcast.Also how many times will India play against Sri Lanka. The worst part is that we are going to play another test series followed by a TRIANGULAR series which will make the 50 over format even boring

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    As a Sri lanakan Cricket fan I must admit that we might be not have the strongest set of individuals as compared to the other Asian teams as Mr.Kevin Dravid Suggests,but that does not mean we are the weakest out of the top 3 Asian sides.Individual talent is great to have but i rather see a team working for each other and fighting till the end rather than a bunch of over payed superstars who think that the name on the back of the national shirt is more valued that the name in the front.

    We got rid of one from the SL side , its time that the other asian teams to follow the same.

    By the way the final was won on the toss !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 25, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    @TellasisPatel : You'll make the tournament coverage worse than it already is if you put Lalit Modi in charge. All in all, Neo Cricket doesn't know how to cover cricket tournaments. Crap commentary, Indigo Manza cars no one cares about, and then Mr.Sivaramakrishnan lionizing the sponsors repeatedly. It gets on my nerves. If I knew it would come to this one day, I'd go back in time and try to help him save his cricketing career. That's what he was meant for. Not for commentary! Thank God the tournament lacked a certain Mr.Shastri! Ramiz Raja is still tolerable, but he still has his goofups(as per him vacuum cleaners are meant to sweep and not suck).

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    and in srilanka cricket matches don't play in "poya days"(buddist holidays)..that's y it scheduled on Thursday

  • POSTED BY z_u_khan on | June 25, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Perhaps they could have added Afghanistan to the list of teams. I am sure they would have provided some more excitement.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I have stopped watching cricket just because of the advertisements that gets telecasted every now and then. I agree that it brings revenue to the channel but not at the cost of the game. there is no chance see the replay or 3rd umpire's decision. Guess somebody needs to understand this and take it to the telecasters.

    Next thing is the commentary of the game has gone to the new low where its more of a marketing to the product than the actual game commentary. If this continues then guess TRP will go for a toss during WC. so sad but may turn out true :(

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    this is a really bad article Siddarth Ravindran ..Srilanka is not a big country like india ..ppl have so many work to do rather than watching cricket matches ...really disappointed about this artical ... SL cricket did well to organize this competition to success ..they played all the matches in dambulla cause this time in srilanka there will be rain in colombo and if u organised this tournament in colombo there will be lots of ppl to watch...think twice before blame SLcricket,how small is our country and how big is other cricket playing nations

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Yeah, even i hated those commercials popping out every now n then making proceedings even more boring. why cant they limit one add in one break. morons sitting there n earning easy money and then they expect more spectators for ODI's. Anyways, Tournament wasnt exciting at all, i did manage to watch it but i dont remember me watching even a single full match. not even finals.. Congrates to team India !!

  • POSTED BY pubudu on | June 25, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    in the finals India was lucky wonder how interesting it would have been if they got to chase under lights against malinga. sri lanka should have played some one with more pace than maharoof, indians are not good against fast bowlers but not against gentle medium pace. and i wonder how they call this Asia cup, i mean there are 20 odd countries in ACC but non was given a chance qualify apart from 4 test playing countries. i think this was nothing more than a quadrangular betyween 4 countries, not a real asia cup.

  • POSTED BY SSGupta on | June 25, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    ACC should think of hosting Asia Cup in India. Then they will have good monetary collections and more spectators in the ground. The matches could have been spread to other parts of SL like Colombo. Hosting all the matches in a single city was not a good idea. Asian teams play each other more often in other tournaments too, this also affects its popularity. Asia cup needs to be a regular event, then only it will gain its importance and popularity. It won't be a bad idea to start Asia Cup 20-20 also. Then non-test playing countries can also be included in it. After all we have two WC 20-20 champions in Asia.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    NEO CRICKET, THE WORST EVER CHANNEL TO BROADCAST CRICKET, AS SOME HAS ALREADY POINTED ONLY CARES ABOUT ADS. NORMALLY IT IS ADS IN BETWEEN CRICKET, BUT IN NEO ITS CRICKET BETWEEN ADS, PATHETIC BROADCASTING. LET THE IDIOTS IN NEO GO AND SEE HOW SKY SPORTS, CHANNEL 9 AND ESPN-STAR BROADCAST MATCHES. SO FAR I THOUGHT DOORDARSHAN WAS THE WORST, BUT NOW KNOW DOORDARSHAN WAS MUCH BETTER COMPARING TO NEO CRICKET. THE COMMENTARY TEAM OF NEO IS THE WORST. TIME HAS COME TO KICK OUT SIVARAMAKRISHNAN, RAMEEZ...ETC

  • POSTED BY pointofViv on | June 25, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    I am agree with Vikram_Ezhil here. The coverage of cricket in Asia is pathetic, let us face the fact. I think we viewers (on TV or on Cricinfo) have to do some thing about these unnecessary advertisements which are shown frequently during the overs and immediately after the wickets.When a important wicket falls, these clueless adds pop out with the next second. WHY? We have to appeal against these trends here guys, other wise this WORLD CUP 2011 will be a pathetic mess. If people in charge want to save the ODI's, then why don't they take some serious steps against these advertisement trends, it is absolutely necessary. Make the ODI coverage clean first and then talk about how to save it. Seeing those stupid adds over and over making me more sick of ODI cricket. Hope there will be strong measure taken against repetition of unnecessary adds during the ODI's.

  • POSTED BY TikoloFan on | June 25, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Completely agree with the views of Vikram_Ezhil on (June 25 2010, 12:48 PM GMT). ESPN/Star do telecast quality cricket to quite extent. All other broadcasters are hopeless. What the hell is Fevicol jodi of the match?? IPL effect?? sad.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Though Sri Lanka lost the finals, they have a pretty good team. The seaming new pitch always assisted the Indian fast bowlers. You need some luck to win matches as well. All the best SL for coming matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    i think the no. of matches played by each team are very few... there should have been some more matches in 1st phase of the tournament...

  • POSTED BY green_jelly on | June 25, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    One of the problems is having all games played on the same ground. Spreading the games over different grounds would have got more people involved. The important thing though is that we had a couple of tight games, and some great individual performances throughout the tournament. Great for watching!

  • POSTED BY razorhedge on | June 25, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Pointless tournaments with pointless results... poor levels of athelticism, competitiveness... just a plain horrible sight... and then there's the FIFA World cup which makes cricket look worse than it already is... ODI format needs to go... Twenty20 needs to be played in moderation

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    i cant remember the last asia cup that was remarkable ...

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Did you seriously expect watchers ?

  • POSTED BY kaarthik9925 on | June 25, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    One thing that organisers did right this time was to limit the playing nation to four and that too a test nations. We can only hope that Bangladesh gets better team in the coming editions and prove that they are worthy of a test status.

  • POSTED BY KEVIN_DRAVID on | June 25, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    One thing ASIA CUP confirmed is that INDIAN team is good enough to beat SRI LANKA &PAKISTAN with out their 3 Important players(SACHIN,SEHWAG,YUVRAJ). With these 3 returning to squad INDIA can only become even stronger. In my opnion the 2nd best team in ASIA is PAKISTAN. They might not have reached the finals but their batting and bowling looking very impressive. AFRIDI's captaincy will do wonders for Pakistan . His batting is also now at its Destructive best. SRI LANKANS are going nowhere with their team. In batting they are over dependent on DILSHAN,MAHELA,SANGA. In bowling can any body tell me one name apart from MALINGA who can take wickets in any situation. I dont think MURALI is a wicket taker now a days. AFRIDI played him like a school bowler. No wickets in final as well.

  • POSTED BY samindashj2002 on | June 25, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    PLEASE SRI LANKA CRICKET, SEND ONE DAY CRICKET TO GALLE CRICKET GROUND,NICE GROUND IN SRI LANKA HAVING ONLY TEST MATCHES,WE LOVE TO SEE ONE DAY CRICKET TO COME GALLE,AT LEAST ONE EVERY 2 YEARS,GALEE CRICKET GROUND HAVING WONDERFUL BACKGROUND WITH GALLE FORT

  • POSTED BY samindashj2002 on | June 25, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    if you are compare this two teams sri lanka and india, i always belive india better than sri lanka,their batting always much better than sri lanka,bowling too but not like batting,but its better than sri lanka,only fielding sri lankans much much better than ather asian.iam a sri lankan,i like to see our team winning,but yesterday we lost.when u play in your ground u alwys have advantage,thats why even when we lost 5 wkts for 50 runs still we had a hope some one can go from there,but it was not.now mr. aravinda has take some different dission see my 11 for world cup 2011(THARANGA,DILSHAN,MAHELA,SANGA,CHANDIMAL,MATHIWS,KAPUGEDARA,RANDIV,KULASEKARA,MALINGA,MURALI

  • POSTED BY Viper2.0 on | June 25, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Well i cant comment much on the absence of spectators,but the only thing that worries me when i am watching these matches in TV are those good for nothing advertisements.Oh common man,how much a viewer can take watching those adds time and time again.To make matters worse,Neo cricket are concentrating more on broadcasting adds rather than the cricket match.How can one watch a good game of cricket,when this so called Neo cricket simply switches to an add just immediately the over is being finished or a wicket falls.They aren't even waiting for lets say 20 secs,and putting those adds so we viewers cannot watch what had happened there in the field.And to make is even worse,if a wicket falls it takes approximately 3 minutes for them to switch to live action.Those commentators,starting from Laxman Sivaramakrishnan tells every 5 minutes "The indigo manza car" for the man of the series.Pathetic coverage by Neo Cricket.Just go and see other sports channels how they cover sporting events.

  • POSTED BY swapnilrk on | June 25, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Siddharth Ravindran as put it simple and straight. I agree to most of the points brought to our attention.

    Asia Cup has too be one of the most exciting, as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan are all World Cup title winners. Hence in Asia Cup sees the Asian Finalist for the World Cup !

    Television viewers shall find it good to watch matches like this, although there is sure some scope for the Asian Cricket Council to involve other asian countries in the Asia Cup Event.

    All said and done, the tournament had great cricket... as viewing it on HD TV now a days... its amazing...

    And about the arrangements, am sure the World Cup venues in Sri Lanka shall be ready and well setup !

  • POSTED BY pratadd on | June 25, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    finally india won a tourney that involved sri lanka, and they deserved to win. i wonder why the seamers can't keep bowling like the way they did yesterday, was it the pitch? cuz the sri lankans weren't able to do that. i guess the final was a very good warm up for the other matches. good luck india !!!

  • POSTED BY crickstats on | June 25, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Another point missed by the author should be the Soccer World Cup,

  • POSTED BY TellasisPatel on | June 25, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    The Asia Cup will remain an unexceptional one-day tournament, unless you put Mr. Lalit Modi in charge!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    World cup might be the reason for this...

  • POSTED BY ajitjdsouza on | June 25, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Why is the Asia Cup played so randomly? Why cant there be a fixed time interval of 4 years? There is no sense of anticipation or importance if it is played randomly.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    MSD has proven once again.. We won without Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvi & when they return Asian Champ would become WC 2011 CHAmps :)

    MSD plz don't disapt us in INDIA..

  • POSTED BY Sohrab_Hits on | June 25, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    The Soccer World Cup is currently on. Asia Cup involved only 4 teams out of which only 2 are competative. Who wants to see the same old boring matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I think india got the advantage the match against the Pakistan if they loss then they might at home but they played well and win the cup.

  • POSTED BY krysh on | June 25, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Sidddarth you are spot on. The Asia cup tournament did not attract many audience not just in Dambulla but all over the sub-continent I think. The Tournament has lost its glamor with dull matches that are played. And more over the finalists were decided after two rounds and that was the last thing the organisers asked for. And in order to make the next edition interesting they can hold the matches in sharjah, dubai, abu dhabi and even malaysia were considerable amount of ppl will turn out. More over the Lankan crowd would have felt too bored to see the Indians time and again. Instead the WC is a better option...

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    A disappointing tournament

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  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    A disappointing tournament

  • POSTED BY krysh on | June 25, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Sidddarth you are spot on. The Asia cup tournament did not attract many audience not just in Dambulla but all over the sub-continent I think. The Tournament has lost its glamor with dull matches that are played. And more over the finalists were decided after two rounds and that was the last thing the organisers asked for. And in order to make the next edition interesting they can hold the matches in sharjah, dubai, abu dhabi and even malaysia were considerable amount of ppl will turn out. More over the Lankan crowd would have felt too bored to see the Indians time and again. Instead the WC is a better option...

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I think india got the advantage the match against the Pakistan if they loss then they might at home but they played well and win the cup.

  • POSTED BY Sohrab_Hits on | June 25, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    The Soccer World Cup is currently on. Asia Cup involved only 4 teams out of which only 2 are competative. Who wants to see the same old boring matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    MSD has proven once again.. We won without Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvi & when they return Asian Champ would become WC 2011 CHAmps :)

    MSD plz don't disapt us in INDIA..

  • POSTED BY ajitjdsouza on | June 25, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Why is the Asia Cup played so randomly? Why cant there be a fixed time interval of 4 years? There is no sense of anticipation or importance if it is played randomly.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    World cup might be the reason for this...

  • POSTED BY TellasisPatel on | June 25, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    The Asia Cup will remain an unexceptional one-day tournament, unless you put Mr. Lalit Modi in charge!

  • POSTED BY crickstats on | June 25, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Another point missed by the author should be the Soccer World Cup,

  • POSTED BY pratadd on | June 25, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    finally india won a tourney that involved sri lanka, and they deserved to win. i wonder why the seamers can't keep bowling like the way they did yesterday, was it the pitch? cuz the sri lankans weren't able to do that. i guess the final was a very good warm up for the other matches. good luck india !!!