Champions Trophy 2009 October 4, 2009

I don't like Mondays

 
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Bond: stinging sensation © Getty Images
 

So the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2009’s last set-piece occasion, the ultimate chapter of a gripping cricket narrative, when all will finally be revealed to a worldwide audience is to be held on… a Monday. High fives all round for the scheduling committee! Give yourself a pat on the back, Haroon Lorgat (or have one of your people do it), cos you da man! Yes, you’ve gone and done it again, ICC, and if I hadn’t lost my hat in an unfortunate yachting incident at Cowes, I’d be removing it and doffing it in the general direction of Dubai.

Monday. At the precise moment when a sturdy operatic type with a microphone begins to belt out “Advance Australia Fair” or “God Defend New Zealand” at a frighteningly loud volume, I wonder where the cricket populace of the world will be? Well, in South Africa and England they will be at work. In the Caribbean they will be getting ready for work. In Mumbai, Lahore, Colombo and Dhaka they will be coming home from work. And in Sydney and Wellington, they will be slumped bleary-eyed on their sofas or in bed after a day at work. Spot the common theme?

No doubt, in ICC world, where every day is a cocktail party, one day of the week is much the same as another. There may also be the odd weirdo out there for whom the dawn of another Monday is joy incarnate. However, I am with Bob Geldof on the subject of Mondays. It is not a day for finals. It is a day for weary soberness, for 10 cups of coffee before your lunch break, for hauling yourself out of bed and yawning at the futility of another working week. Let us hope those poor souls staying up in Melbourne and Auckland get a decent final, because they deserve it.

If they were watching Saturday’s game, they would have been thoroughly entertained. I found the second semi-final memorable for a couple of reasons. Firstly there was the wince-inducing but compelling fast bowling of Shane Bond, who twice made Kamran Akmal snatch his hand away from the bat in the manner of someone who has been stung by a wasp, and then dismissed Imran Nazir with a delivery that appeared to be heading straight up his left nostril until he wisely got his bat in the way.

Then there was the battle between the Mighty D and baby-faced Umar Akmal. In the 25th over Vettori had already offered up three identical teasers, one of which Akmal had audaciously tickled to fine leg. The next delivery from the bearded one’s left hand fizzed through so quickly that it verged on the impolite. Undaunted, the youngster’s response was to wallop the fifth ball of the over through midwicket with an ungainly lunging sweep. From the other end, Uncle Mohammad Yousuf had clearly had enough. He came down to explain to the rookie the perils of recklessness and the virtues of patience. A smiling and entirely oblivious Akmal nodded at the old man’s advice, then aimed a wild slash at the next one, sending it curving through the air just out of the reach of short third man and away for four. Cricket needs all the teenagers it can get.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • AP on October 7, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    ICC scheduled the two semi finals on a weekend - friday evening and saturday. Also knowing that friday was a holiday in India, the biggest market for cricket. And ICC hoped that India would make it to semis. And ICC knew that it wont make the finals. So, ICC knows its commerce very well. Two semifinals on a weekend (one of which was hoped to involve India, nevertheless it involved another crowd favorite Pakistan) is better than one hopeless final on a monday. Howzzzaaat?!

  • Drew on October 6, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    Well at least some of you got to watch it. I am in Perth, Western Australia and non of the tv stations had the rights to the Champions Trophy. It wasn't even on the radio! The tv coverage was limited to FoxTel. That in itself is a disgrace. Why should I have to pay to watch the national team compete!!!. Australain broadcastiong is a joke!!! pathetic.

  • chithsabesh on October 6, 2009, 1:27 GMT

    well said these stupid channels and the brodcasters are rubbish and we are in 21 century

  • Cowboy Craig on October 5, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    Boo Bloody Hoo!

    Finals on a Monday?? Be thankful you can watch cricket at all!

    Ever heard of a video recorder (do they still make them?)...Live Pause, internet replay, or whatever else you can STOP/RECORD/PLAY/REWIND etc.

    You can then wake up, get the wife to cook some eggs (that's a joke by the way!), turn the t.v on and watch the game in real time?

    We can debate the rules, scheduling, players, selection, Hawkeye, Umpires, pitches, players, flying insects, supporters etc etc until the cows come home....

    Support the game, move on, if you don't like it don't complain, make a positive suggestion?

    Was a great tournament. I believe the best team won. I hope to be watching 50 over cricket for a few years yet.....

    Craig

  • redneck on October 5, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    @sapling considering Wil from oz is actually in oz, he may just have more of a clue than you! unless your brother and sister are in the middle of no where they can get either foxtel or austar (pay tv) connected to their homes! free to air wont have any overseas cricket on it, which is probably what your brother is telling you! maybe you should get your facts right sapling!

  • redneck on October 5, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    @allan manson, get foxtel! if your a cricket supporter it is money well spent! apart from the ashes and world cup you wont get any overseas cricket on free to air mate and that probably wont change anytime soon either!

  • Brenton Smith on October 5, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    In Australia.. or atleast New South Wales, it is school holidays for students as well as a public holiday today for everyone else.

  • Brent - Kiwi in Brisbane on October 5, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    Its about time Aus host some of these tournaments. RSA and the sub continent have gotten plenty of cricket coverage recently. Australia has the best weather, nicest beaches, most stunning cricket grounds/pitches, Great TV technology - HD and superdooperslowmotion and better yet we don't have any annoying english commentators.... well maybe 1 but his accent is bearable :p

  • CA$HJUICE on October 5, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    It just goes to show how far removed these cricket lords are from the fans.Cricket is dying unless some new & radical ideas are injected into the sports.Have enough greats to sustain interest for at least 5 more years though.

  • Rakesh on October 5, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    I agree with Andrew, i miss the match cos am working, still at work, going back home i might be able to catch presentation

  • AP on October 7, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    ICC scheduled the two semi finals on a weekend - friday evening and saturday. Also knowing that friday was a holiday in India, the biggest market for cricket. And ICC hoped that India would make it to semis. And ICC knew that it wont make the finals. So, ICC knows its commerce very well. Two semifinals on a weekend (one of which was hoped to involve India, nevertheless it involved another crowd favorite Pakistan) is better than one hopeless final on a monday. Howzzzaaat?!

  • Drew on October 6, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    Well at least some of you got to watch it. I am in Perth, Western Australia and non of the tv stations had the rights to the Champions Trophy. It wasn't even on the radio! The tv coverage was limited to FoxTel. That in itself is a disgrace. Why should I have to pay to watch the national team compete!!!. Australain broadcastiong is a joke!!! pathetic.

  • chithsabesh on October 6, 2009, 1:27 GMT

    well said these stupid channels and the brodcasters are rubbish and we are in 21 century

  • Cowboy Craig on October 5, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    Boo Bloody Hoo!

    Finals on a Monday?? Be thankful you can watch cricket at all!

    Ever heard of a video recorder (do they still make them?)...Live Pause, internet replay, or whatever else you can STOP/RECORD/PLAY/REWIND etc.

    You can then wake up, get the wife to cook some eggs (that's a joke by the way!), turn the t.v on and watch the game in real time?

    We can debate the rules, scheduling, players, selection, Hawkeye, Umpires, pitches, players, flying insects, supporters etc etc until the cows come home....

    Support the game, move on, if you don't like it don't complain, make a positive suggestion?

    Was a great tournament. I believe the best team won. I hope to be watching 50 over cricket for a few years yet.....

    Craig

  • redneck on October 5, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    @sapling considering Wil from oz is actually in oz, he may just have more of a clue than you! unless your brother and sister are in the middle of no where they can get either foxtel or austar (pay tv) connected to their homes! free to air wont have any overseas cricket on it, which is probably what your brother is telling you! maybe you should get your facts right sapling!

  • redneck on October 5, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    @allan manson, get foxtel! if your a cricket supporter it is money well spent! apart from the ashes and world cup you wont get any overseas cricket on free to air mate and that probably wont change anytime soon either!

  • Brenton Smith on October 5, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    In Australia.. or atleast New South Wales, it is school holidays for students as well as a public holiday today for everyone else.

  • Brent - Kiwi in Brisbane on October 5, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    Its about time Aus host some of these tournaments. RSA and the sub continent have gotten plenty of cricket coverage recently. Australia has the best weather, nicest beaches, most stunning cricket grounds/pitches, Great TV technology - HD and superdooperslowmotion and better yet we don't have any annoying english commentators.... well maybe 1 but his accent is bearable :p

  • CA$HJUICE on October 5, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    It just goes to show how far removed these cricket lords are from the fans.Cricket is dying unless some new & radical ideas are injected into the sports.Have enough greats to sustain interest for at least 5 more years though.

  • Rakesh on October 5, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    I agree with Andrew, i miss the match cos am working, still at work, going back home i might be able to catch presentation

  • ramya on October 5, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    I am with ICC's deicision of monday final, because considering the fact that this sunday is 'super sunday' for BPL fans, ICC would have lost many viewers for the final

  • Wesley on October 5, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    I think that the ICC put it then because honestly they expected at least 1 asian team in the final & semis. The timings are fine in England, but really the people in NZ should accept than having the final at a good time for them, which means putting the match on earlier in SA. So even if it was on a weekend it would still be on in the night. Anyway which weekend do you want 3/4th and it would be "too cramped" but if it was the 10/11th then "it would drag on too long.

  • Eric on October 5, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Well, I do agree that it seems like rather strange scheduling, although apparently not that unusual. Unfortunately,I am sorry for the rest of you blokes, but on this one I lucked out: I am beginning a much need week of Holiday, so I am sitting at my computer (it's 30 C. outside), with a fine hand-made Nicaraguan cigar, a nice glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc while following the highlights on CricInfo and listening to live coverage on NZ radio on line. It doesn't get much better! (Until I figure out how to get live Video feed for FREE....Hmm...)Anyhow, thanks for the insightful blogs, thanks Cricinfo, and Cheerio from across the pond!

  • Shibasish Banerjee on October 5, 2009, 18:57 GMT

    I bet you, New Zealand will come back in this match...

  • KIWI_FAN on October 5, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    I agree with Andrew..why would ICC have a final play on a Monday is beyond me. I hope Haroon Lorgat and David Morgan are reading your comments. I also want to congartulate Kiwi's performance against an over-hyped club class cricketers from Pakistan. I always knew that if Bond & CO would get a good bouncy wicket then Kiwis would be the favorites as none of the Pakistani batsmen can handle pace and bounce. BOND is BACK...

  • khota on October 5, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    Now I know why one of my friends was so upset when I told him the Final will be on a Monday, starting at 8:30 AM, precisely when the East Coast rumbles on to start a new work week!!!! What timing, what intelligence, and what stupidity!

  • Asad Khan on October 5, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    We are now in 21st century where we have such a high technology and devices which can clearly show each and everything,like tennis in cricket we should also have a rule of challenge or referal in which each team can challenge the umpire decision once in the inning...In NZ/PAK match we experienced the worst /one-sided umpiring which turned the whole match senario...it is not fair at all ....so in order to respect sports and the sportmen spirit we should think on it.

  • H Shah on October 5, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    I agree with the author. If the final was yesterday, I would have watched a good part of it.

  • Mark on October 5, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    It obviously IS a bank holiday in SA but NOT a public or bank holiday in SA. Geddit? SA = South Australia and SA = South Africa. Things are getting lost in translation here.

  • safiya on October 5, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    Seriously! what was these guys thinking. it really doen't make sense to have a final on a monday of all days.

  • sapling on October 5, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Even if it's a holiday in Sydney today they will still need the day off tomorrow if they watch the whole game unless the Aussie skittle the K1W1's(who are batting)for next to nil and make the runs in three overs or so. Mondays ridiculous. If in fact there ar Monday holidays all over the place as some have suggested, with varying degrees of accuracy, Sunday would still be better and Monday for recovery. Obviously a Sunday game wouldn't need the day/night format for TV in Africa and Europe after work. A day game would have meant that just about everyone would have had a good chance to watch. We,Malaysia,are 6 hours in front, Oz is 8, India is 4 the Windies 6 behind and so on. The ICC obviously smoke a better quality "dope" than us mere mortals who have to work for a living. By the way Wil from OZ my daughter is in Nth Queensland and my brothers on our property in NT and there aint no coverage,so get ya facts right me old luv before you open your trap. No cricinfo = no idea scores!

  • Cliff on October 5, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    Strange, Mr Ian Bennett is clearly in a universe of his own, 'cos I'm in SA and I'm at work. There is no public holiday here. (Unless it was a secret holiday). Do your own research Mr Bennett before making comments about others..

  • Andrew on October 5, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Wasn't the delayed start due to the Eng v Aus late finish to the summer, which itself highlights that the ODI series should have been 5 games max...

  • alan on October 5, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    This talk of the two best teams not making the final is rubbish...

    SA and sri lanka were both beaten twice so didnt deserve to make the semis, india were a bit unlucky to be knocked out after only losing one game but realistically were well on the way to losing a 2nd before the washout against Aust and west indies sent a second string side so deserved to go out at the first hurdle!

    In the semi's england and pakistan were both beaten by a better side on the day so didnt deserve to make the final (to make it two loses each!)

    Australia have shown their consistency to go undefeated and NZ have recovered from an early loss to play some great cricket and fully deserve their spot in the final!!

    Making a tournament final is not a auto right for top ranked teams you have to earn it by winning games!!

    lets hope despite the idiotic idea of monday final (i will be listening at work and watching the chase after work!) the match today will be a fitting finale to a great tournament!!!

  • Rupendra hoeflich on October 5, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    whose bright idea was it to have the final on a Monday? it is ICC ??? All Ather Soprt Final are Feiday, Saturday or Sunday?

  • Raghvendra on October 5, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    A final! with very littile interest, there should have been a team from asian subcontinent to spice the flavour.

  • Yaser, Bradford on October 5, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    this'll be a bigger anti-climax than the '99 world cup - mark my words ;-)

  • Manish Sukhwani on October 5, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    If you see last few big tournaments, you will see the finals are always played on a weekday and not weekend or Sunday. The guys who make the tournament schedule are either crazy or they have off on Mondays.

  • Anonymous on October 5, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    Its Labor Day in Australia & New Zealand

  • chris on October 5, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    Cricket is my crack. I will stay up all night, any night to watch NZ play, especially a final!

    Bring it on! Kia kaha boys!

  • tarek on October 5, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    Great article. Uncle Yousef played this semi as if it were a five day test. We need more youngsters and teenager brought into the game. Yousef played similarly against Australia and the match was won by the Aussies off the last ball. Imagine if Pak had scored another 10 runs through Afridi or Umer Akmal?

  • how about that on October 5, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    andrew comment no.one hour twelve minutes ago ..if you dont know what labor day is may your job be 12 hours a day you mug........the start is not in the middle of the night ,depends where one lives......

  • suri on October 5, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    Too much cricket leaves with having a big final on a monday. Administrators are concerned only with money. All fans should make a big hue and cry before the start of the tournament and not on last day as if it was a big surprise. Organisers would have imagined at least one asian team making it to the final. Also asian fans are not bothered about timings. This being the case, it leaves with no choice for the genuine cricket fans. Can they not visualise much bigger viewership on a saturday night? All said and done we have to take what is thrown to us. This is another way of loosing genuine cricket fans and interest in cricket. They will pay a heavy price before realising that fans are more important and without them they will lose. Sensible administrators who give importance to fans will acknowledge the above and if they think by bullying or armtwisting to have their own away, time is not far away when they come down faster than their climb. God save cricket

  • neeraj on October 5, 2009, 10:50 GMT

    australia should win this match as they hv much balanced side than newzeland..india was quite unfortunate as they havenot got their chance against aussies...overall good tournament...but there should b reserve day for every match

  • kiwiozzy on October 5, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    naa i like the day the final is today is my weekend so it works out great for me i worked all weekend and finished work at 2 pm so im sitting back waiting for nz to kick some ozzy butt lets hope they choke for a change good luck dan and the boys u guys have played well and deserve to be in the final ALL BLACKS #1 BLACK CAPS#2 CRUSADERS #3 QUEENSLANDER #4

  • abbas on October 5, 2009, 10:24 GMT

    new zeland will definitely win's the match.

    best of luck for new zeland.

    ross,mc,guptill has to fight for new zeland.

    ross tyler is the worlds best batsmen.

  • Eric on October 5, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    Everyone here seems to agree that a weekend game (preferably Saturday) would have been best, but does anyone know what the reason for this schedule was? Is it possible that the stadiums were already booked? Or was this schedule chosen to accommodate one or more of the teams?

    @Ahdil, you state that you don’t like this short format and thats fine, however I have one question, how many games is the "best" team allowed to lose? By your comment, you seem to be suggesting that 2 (at least) would be acceptable, what about 3, 4 or maybe more? This is a tournament with a limited number of games and all teams knew that before the start!

    The only true way to find the best team would be to make a league for them to compete in, but it would be impractical to do that (currently) - that's why we have tournaments.

  • Ali Warraich on October 5, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    I live in Aus, most of the matches starts late in night but that does not bother me.Cricket is a international game & there is alwayz time difference in parts of the world. But there is no point at all in holding a final of this major tournament on a Monday.

  • Ahdil on October 5, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    Morgran, you seemed to have missed the games. If you have seen them, you would have known that the team winning the toss always had a large advantage over the other team.

    A real good tournament/league has all the good teams play each other at least once, before progressing to the next round. Groups are only used when minows are involved. Such as the case in the World Cup, where the two best teams did actually get through to the final.

    Like I said, the champions trophy isn't as prestigous as the world cup, and this edition is short. So there is a good chance that a team that isn't he best out of the eight will win. But that's what happens when you make things short, there's always a catch.

    In this case, we might have not had the best teams progressing to the final, because the top teams did not get to play each other.

  • Andrew on October 5, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    Actually in Sydney it's a public holiday (Labor Day, whatever that is).

    Reason I'm not thrilled about the Monday match is that by having it on Monday a D/N is forced which makes the start middle of the night rather than straight after the grand final yesterday evening.

  • Cooch on October 5, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    Makes for a change from a normal Monday, then. Instead of drinking too much coffee and fretting about the rest of the week we get to watch the cricket. Lighten up, man!

  • Andrew Bissett on October 5, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    As a kiwi living in London I'm stoked that we've finally made it past the semi finals of a cricket tournament!! Gutted the final is on a Monday though as my stupid work internet crashes every time there is a wicket so cricinfo becomes a bit of a lottery. Should be home for some of the 2nd innings though..... guess it's Pizza for tea again!! C'mon you Kiwis!! Lets smash our yellow cousins from the west!! :c)

  • chokkashokka on October 5, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    This final and this tournament are of no consequence to any of the masses. How can the outcome of the semi-finals be determined by one team loosing one game out the 2 it played - that too a result of a couple of bad umpiring decisions.

  • vivek on October 5, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    hey gr8 work andrew.......u really made me laugh .especially the last para.....

    well! ill njoy d match, dats for sure ... but i think that finals should be on weekends ...

  • Aspraso on October 5, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Blame the sportscasters (TV channels)because the scheduling (date and time) are more often than not dictated by them. These sportcaster have also paid enormous sums to broadcast perhaps a Formula 1 or an NFL or EPL event. One of the difficulties also arise because cricket is being played round the year, round the globe whereas there are still clearly demarcated "football" or "tennis" seasons. These "on-season" sport events will get their due priority during the weekends over an "out-of-season" cricket event.

  • SV on October 5, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    Completely agree with this article. I also think that the Indian Crciket board are just as corupt and out of touch as the ICC. Just look at how they want international cricket to deal with anti-doping. And because of the massive amount of TV audience that Indian viewers provide the ICC is scared to tell them how it is, effectively making the ICC a mute or redundant body. I hope neither of these governing bodies ruin cricket for the world....... Also, I hope the Black Caps win, but do not have my hopes set to high against the world class Aussies.

  • Nico on October 5, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    And can you believe it - it is also Bob Geldoff's birthday today! Might that have something to do with the ICC decision to have the final on a Monday?!

  • Musab on October 5, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    People in Syndey wont be home from a day at work, because we have a public holiday today (monday), lol so i think the ICC only looked at Australia when they decided on the match day !

  • Praveen on October 5, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    Well It is a holiday in Sydney too. I live in Sydney, and have had a completely relaxing day.

    I agree with the general theme, that its not a smart idea to schedule this on Monday. But please research your facts before writing.

  • Erfan on October 5, 2009, 6:31 GMT

    Exact time after a day's work at office Mmmmm in Dubai its 4:30pm local time and it goes upto 12:00am in the night, will love to watch Kiwis lift the trophy !!!!!!! Bored up watching Ozzies lifting trophies !!!!!!!! Kiwis Best of Luck !

  • V S Rao on October 5, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Good article. One more point to note as far as Indian fans are concerned. They come after a long weekend with 2nd Oct, Friday being a holiday.

  • TG on October 5, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    Re: Ian Benett , it's definitely not a holiday in South Africa , I live in johannesburg. I have tickets to the final but I'm still thinking of an excuse to leave work early.......

  • Wil on October 5, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    Great article. In response to Allan Monson from Queensland's comments, Foxtel has broadcast every game live in Australia and the coverage has been great. And even NZ's Simon Doull has sounded good on commentary when taken out of his homeland. In response to Neil's comment, it is only a public holiday in NSW, SA & the ACT. Anyway with the game starting at 11.30pm it is almost a redundant point. Holding the final on a Monday/Tuesday is madness, surely a weekend final would capture the biggest audiences?

  • Shesh on October 5, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    As you have mentioned, this is not the first time ICC has put their stupidity up for display. For people like on west coast of USA, we can only catch the first 25-30 overs of the match and then head, rather un-willingly, to work.

  • jai on October 5, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    C'mon man ... Mon is a big sports night in the US. Think Monday Night Football!!

  • Amrit on October 5, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    What is the point of the ICC really???

  • manny on October 5, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    i'll b at wrk :(

  • sridhar on October 5, 2009, 4:53 GMT

    Nice piece, though the ICC must have been hoping that India would have made it to the finals, then anything goes. Most matches are played on weekdays and people are watching.Who ever thought that New Zealand would have made it! But the ICC is really clueless about things like this and all they needed to do was to start a little earlier so that the final could have been on a sunday. But they have such a crowded calendar with the needless 7 match series between England and Australia and now the Champions league that will start in India on 8th. If ICC kills cricket then it has only itself to blame. India which is the mecca of tv ratings has had miserable viewership for the Champions trophy and today not many Indians will be watching the old rivals slug it out. I would, but I hope the ICC is reading what you are writing with so much passion. Sridhar

  • DyldogNZ on October 5, 2009, 4:48 GMT

    @ abhishek, all I have to say is 'lol'.

  • Morgan on October 5, 2009, 4:31 GMT

    Adhil, I'm afraid if you fail in two out of three games in the group stage of any tournament, you deserve to go. Like it or not the teams you mentioned were all outplayed in two games and thus it was not simply 'bad luck' that caused them to miss the final.

  • Iffy on October 5, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    Haha I m in U.S on a computer 8:30 at work and watch the game with boss haha I m so lucky. We love to see game on Monday coz business is never busy weakends are sucks for us too busy at work.

  • Jim Smith on October 5, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    Ian Bennett: If it's a Bank Holiday in South Africa then someone forgot to tell me. South Africa doesn't have "Bank Holidays" anyway. Badly researched comment imo.

    I can't see how/why the ICC are so dim-witted, but let's hope for a decent final to what has been a decent tournament.

  • Anil on October 5, 2009, 3:53 GMT

    and i'll be at school in the usa which is a shame because i was really looking forward to this

  • abhishek on October 5, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    austarlia is gonna win because tehy have great all rounders (johnson,watson,lee,hauritz) but for new zealand its only vettori and elliot( not that effective against aussies)

  • Ahdil on October 5, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    *sigh*

    Yup, a Monday final.

    Finals should be on Saturday personally, not Sunday. We'll see how this goes though.

    Are you all happy with the teams that made it through? Slightly disappointed SA, India, and SL did not make it through to the semis. The two captains whose teams made it to the final, liked the short format, funnily enough. Sure this is the Champions Trophy, it should be short.

    But I do really hope they do NOT shorten the World Cup, they MUST have the 4 best teams playing in the semi finals. In this short format, lose 2 games, and your out. Not the best for finding the number one team in the world.

    But life goes on.

  • Malik on October 5, 2009, 3:44 GMT

    i am happy that pakistan reached in semi final but the umpiring in this match was realy poor and not up to the standard of international circket and one poor decision of simon taufel changed the whole match and the result went in favour of new zealand but overall match was good. but finals should play on sundays specially like champions trophy bcoz it is a big one. so best of luck for both teams.

  • Neil on October 5, 2009, 3:10 GMT

    You may be surprised to learn that it's actually a public holiday in Australia on Monday.

    Not that it's much use - the game only starts around 10pm in Oz and 1am in NZ so there will be very few watching from the countries involved, no matter what weekday it was on.

    But at least they will be able to catch the end of it in the morning before work.

  • IainB on October 5, 2009, 1:59 GMT

    Don't like Mondays? Move to NZ, where the final is on a Tuesday (admittedly, in the middle of the night)

  • Emaad on October 4, 2009, 23:45 GMT

    hahahahah the last paragraph is hilarious, thanks for the laughs. (I actually DID laugh, just to let you know)

  • Avi Singh on October 4, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Andrew. Will wake up at 1.15am NZ time and will be awake until 9.30am. a week's sleepwalking awaits!!

  • Aniqah on October 4, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Many a match in this series has left me nodding off in my chair, going against all my good intentions of staying up as long as it was needed to watch the final ball being bowled! Time differences cannot be helped, but come on ICC - at least get your day of the week right!

  • Ian Bennett on October 4, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    'in South Africa and England they will be at work' - No they won't - it's a Bank Holiday in South Africa - badly researched piece imo!

  • Fais on October 4, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Man, you're funny.

  • weez on October 4, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    This is not the first time either. The final of the T20 World Cup in 2007 was also on a Monday - at least that Monday was a public holiday in SA - this one isn't. I find it absurd that a money grabbing corporation like the ICC can schedule the "showcase final" of this "essential" tournament on a day that nobody's watching. Even the "opening ceremony/match" was on a Tuesday. Had they started the tournament on the Sunday, the final could have been on Saturday...and all this a world where stupid 5/7 match bilaterals are stretched over 3 weeks (both SA/AUS series) just to play all matches on weekends/holidays.

  • Thomas on October 4, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Good thing it's a public holiday in most parts of Australia!

  • edosan on October 4, 2009, 10:50 GMT

    Actually in Wellington it will be 1:30 in the am between two days at work. And that, sir, annoys me greatly.

  • Max on October 4, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    My entire sleeping rutine has been chaked upside down because of this tourniment. Here is new zealand, the late game starts at 12:30 and finih\shes at 9:30. But its worth it.

  • Vaseem Siddiqi on October 4, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Yes it was an eexcellent semi final and Newzealand thoroughly deserve to win. They bowled superably to restrict star studded Pakistan batting line up to average score. Their chase was also planned to perfection even though they were missing some of their main players through injury. For Pakistan cricket future is bright as their three youngsters Umar Akmal, Aamer Malik and Saeed Ajmal (not so young) had a good game. Winning and losing is part of the game and TEAM PAKISTAN should be proud how they have performed in last two major tournaments given international isolation and problems at home. For the final I wish Newzealand BEST OF LUCK against Australia.

  • mak on October 4, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    Very good and humorous article..thanks

  • raja on October 4, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Another lovely piece from you, Andrew. I totally agree - scheduling the final on a Monday just confirms what we already know about the ICC. That they live in cuckoo-land, with no clue about or empathy for the game's fans.

  • allan manson on October 4, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    andrew i live in queensland aussie and have been a cricket supporter all my life the television coverage up here is disgracefulwe have had none of the tournament at all on local tv not even the final is going to be shown i am sick and tired of these micky mouse stations up here.

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  • allan manson on October 4, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    andrew i live in queensland aussie and have been a cricket supporter all my life the television coverage up here is disgracefulwe have had none of the tournament at all on local tv not even the final is going to be shown i am sick and tired of these micky mouse stations up here.

  • raja on October 4, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Another lovely piece from you, Andrew. I totally agree - scheduling the final on a Monday just confirms what we already know about the ICC. That they live in cuckoo-land, with no clue about or empathy for the game's fans.

  • mak on October 4, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    Very good and humorous article..thanks

  • Vaseem Siddiqi on October 4, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Yes it was an eexcellent semi final and Newzealand thoroughly deserve to win. They bowled superably to restrict star studded Pakistan batting line up to average score. Their chase was also planned to perfection even though they were missing some of their main players through injury. For Pakistan cricket future is bright as their three youngsters Umar Akmal, Aamer Malik and Saeed Ajmal (not so young) had a good game. Winning and losing is part of the game and TEAM PAKISTAN should be proud how they have performed in last two major tournaments given international isolation and problems at home. For the final I wish Newzealand BEST OF LUCK against Australia.

  • Max on October 4, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    My entire sleeping rutine has been chaked upside down because of this tourniment. Here is new zealand, the late game starts at 12:30 and finih\shes at 9:30. But its worth it.

  • edosan on October 4, 2009, 10:50 GMT

    Actually in Wellington it will be 1:30 in the am between two days at work. And that, sir, annoys me greatly.

  • Thomas on October 4, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Good thing it's a public holiday in most parts of Australia!

  • weez on October 4, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    This is not the first time either. The final of the T20 World Cup in 2007 was also on a Monday - at least that Monday was a public holiday in SA - this one isn't. I find it absurd that a money grabbing corporation like the ICC can schedule the "showcase final" of this "essential" tournament on a day that nobody's watching. Even the "opening ceremony/match" was on a Tuesday. Had they started the tournament on the Sunday, the final could have been on Saturday...and all this a world where stupid 5/7 match bilaterals are stretched over 3 weeks (both SA/AUS series) just to play all matches on weekends/holidays.

  • Fais on October 4, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Man, you're funny.

  • Ian Bennett on October 4, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    'in South Africa and England they will be at work' - No they won't - it's a Bank Holiday in South Africa - badly researched piece imo!