July 10, 2010

Make the next Murali a Bangladeshi

Cricket in 3D
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Have you seen the cricket in 3D? Oh, you must try it. 3D is marvellous, it is the future, you get, like, these dark glasses and when you put them on you can watch in 3D. Yes, I know, three dimensions! It’s the way of the future, 3D. Did you know that Sky are pioneering 3D? Didn’t I tell you? Yes, 3D. Cricket matches in 3D. Incredible, isn’t it. Sky are doing it. Yes, that’s right, 3D coverage of cricket. Only on Sky. It’s really wonderful, this 3D. 3D, 3D, 3D, 3D, 3D.

I apologise if my opening paragraph was a tad annoying. I hope, though, that it has conveyed to you something of the experience of watching Thursday’s one day international. Like particularly obtuse opponents in a rather frustrating game of Battleships, there was only one number-and-letter combination that the Sky employees were interested in. Again and again they rammed home the news of broadcastingkind’s latest technological advance until it displaced almost every other thought in the viewer’s head.

Ian Botham described it as though the players were miniature cricketers in a goldfish bowl and you were in there with them. That to me sounds like the disturbed nightmare of a feverish patient, not an arrangement that I might care to pay £36 per month for. It may well put the players in your living room, but frankly I do not particularly want James Anderson scowling at me from the chaise longue or Paul Collingwood walking across my carpet in his muddy boots.

And the key thing to note here is that we mere subscribers were not granted this peek into the world of tomorrow today. The 3D revolution was confined entirely to selected public houses, to which the Sky massive were directed. Thus, many years after the banning of alcohol advertising in sport, the nation’s main cricket broadcaster was directing its viewers to the nearest watering hole. For all I know, Nick Knight and Nasser Hussain were standing outside Trent Bridge, encouraging would-be spectators to try the Red Lion instead.

Of course, Bangladesh were playing and so this meant that, when they were not entreating us to enter the extra dimension, the commentators were delicately pacing that perilous border between insulting and patronising. They managed to restrain themselves fairly well until after darkness had fallen, but by then it was too much for David Lloyd to bear and the outlawed phrase that had no doubt been the subject of many an internal email, finally limped apologetically out into the open, dressed up in those distinctive Lancashire tones:

“It’s only Bangladesh,” said Accrington’s favourite son.

It’s. Only. Bangladesh.

Sometimes I wonder whether the words “it’s” and “only” should become permanent prefixes or somehow incorporated onto the badge of the Bangladesh Cricket Board. But though they got another thumping at Trent Bridge, to go with the 23 previous such outcomes this year, they have the batsmen; they have the fourth and fifth seamers and the back-up spinners. They are just one world-class bowler away from being contenders. We need a new Murali, so God, if you are listening, if there’s any justice, let him be a Bangladeshi.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • HeadHammerShark on July 14, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    "Around 10 of the last 16 caps handed out to England ODI players have gone to those with dubious nationality claims"

    Not that I want to let anything stupid like facts get in the way of a good rant, but of the last 16 ODI caps for England, precisely 3 were born outside the UK and have "dubious nationality". Of course they each qualified under the ICC residency rules so there is absolutely nothing dubious about it at all.

    But apart from that - SPOT ON.

  • mpb645 on July 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Time that England stopped this practice of taking players from anywhere on the basis of a cock eyed definition of nationality. Players like Pieterson, Kieswetter, Morgan etc were born and raised elsewhere and represented their countries before electing to join the England gravy train. Around 10 of the last 16 caps handed out to England ODI players have gone to those with dubious nationality claims.

    This only serves to restrict the opportunities for real British/English youngsters and to take the spotlight off the declining facilities available in our schools and colleges.

  • Bangla on July 11, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Well, guess who won at Trent Bridge? (:D) I'm sure they aren't "only Bangladesh" anymore, with or without Murali. Great article though, nice read ..

  • Lorenzo on July 11, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    "It's. Only. Bangladesh." More prophetic words were never spoken. Dude, what's it gonna be, Espanya? Nederlanden? Say it. Say it....a thousand bucks rides on ye utterances.

  • Alan Powell on July 11, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    I think that 3D will allow the average person to realize the athleticism and skills that cricketers are demanded to produce consistently at the top level and therefore gain a greater respect for what the guys do. I would also be interested in whether it helps with the catches that are questionable eg disputes arising where the ball seems to hit the turf.

  • Raman on July 11, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Bangladesh made a great fun of you, Andrew in 2nd ODI

  • CricketPissek on July 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    3d in cinema is superb. watching avatar in 3D at the IMAX was mind-blowing! 3d at home.. i dunno man. for games, i can imagine, but not for tv shows incld sports. those specs cost £100 each (which i know will go down, but still) it would be a bit lame if ur friends come over to watch the footie but u only have 2 pairs or something. maybe getting High Def. coverage for all international cricket should be a higher priority?

  • gautham kamath on July 10, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    IPl semi finals and the final were shown in multiplexes in 3D in India.

  • Carl on July 10, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Pathetic Article. You give us a bias account of 3D in the opening paragraphs then suddenly switch to how Bangladesh needs a world-class bowler to compete in cricket. No, they need some quality batsman who can get runs, as well. Apart from Shakib and Mortaza, they have a team of awful players. Oh, and by the way, I love 3D. It is awesome, especially with HD as well :)

  • Aniket Utkur on July 10, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Oh Boy... whats up with you guys?? Do you have to criticize everything new? If this was attitude everybody.. Humans would still have been in caves.. Change is the only constant my friend.. live with it..

  • HeadHammerShark on July 14, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    "Around 10 of the last 16 caps handed out to England ODI players have gone to those with dubious nationality claims"

    Not that I want to let anything stupid like facts get in the way of a good rant, but of the last 16 ODI caps for England, precisely 3 were born outside the UK and have "dubious nationality". Of course they each qualified under the ICC residency rules so there is absolutely nothing dubious about it at all.

    But apart from that - SPOT ON.

  • mpb645 on July 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Time that England stopped this practice of taking players from anywhere on the basis of a cock eyed definition of nationality. Players like Pieterson, Kieswetter, Morgan etc were born and raised elsewhere and represented their countries before electing to join the England gravy train. Around 10 of the last 16 caps handed out to England ODI players have gone to those with dubious nationality claims.

    This only serves to restrict the opportunities for real British/English youngsters and to take the spotlight off the declining facilities available in our schools and colleges.

  • Bangla on July 11, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Well, guess who won at Trent Bridge? (:D) I'm sure they aren't "only Bangladesh" anymore, with or without Murali. Great article though, nice read ..

  • Lorenzo on July 11, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    "It's. Only. Bangladesh." More prophetic words were never spoken. Dude, what's it gonna be, Espanya? Nederlanden? Say it. Say it....a thousand bucks rides on ye utterances.

  • Alan Powell on July 11, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    I think that 3D will allow the average person to realize the athleticism and skills that cricketers are demanded to produce consistently at the top level and therefore gain a greater respect for what the guys do. I would also be interested in whether it helps with the catches that are questionable eg disputes arising where the ball seems to hit the turf.

  • Raman on July 11, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Bangladesh made a great fun of you, Andrew in 2nd ODI

  • CricketPissek on July 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    3d in cinema is superb. watching avatar in 3D at the IMAX was mind-blowing! 3d at home.. i dunno man. for games, i can imagine, but not for tv shows incld sports. those specs cost £100 each (which i know will go down, but still) it would be a bit lame if ur friends come over to watch the footie but u only have 2 pairs or something. maybe getting High Def. coverage for all international cricket should be a higher priority?

  • gautham kamath on July 10, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    IPl semi finals and the final were shown in multiplexes in 3D in India.

  • Carl on July 10, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Pathetic Article. You give us a bias account of 3D in the opening paragraphs then suddenly switch to how Bangladesh needs a world-class bowler to compete in cricket. No, they need some quality batsman who can get runs, as well. Apart from Shakib and Mortaza, they have a team of awful players. Oh, and by the way, I love 3D. It is awesome, especially with HD as well :)

  • Aniket Utkur on July 10, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Oh Boy... whats up with you guys?? Do you have to criticize everything new? If this was attitude everybody.. Humans would still have been in caves.. Change is the only constant my friend.. live with it..

  • shibendu on July 10, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    3d telecast was available for some matches of ipl

  • Harsh on July 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    In fact, lot of individuals don't appreciate 3D viewing, they feel nauseated (due to our eye and balance organs' anatomy). Complete conversation of TV viewing in 3D will not happen. I watched only one movie in 3D,(paying double price) and few child rides, thats about it. I don't think people can adjust it, they will be tired.

    Well, if you are talking about Hologram phones in 3D and wait for Yoda to give you an assignment, thats a technological revolution.

  • Sekhar on July 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Over here in India it's all 3G,3G,3G. People nowadays watch cricket matches in their mobile phones.

  • Adnan on July 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Man here in Saudi arabia, during the match between england and Bangladesh they were showing advertisement of American pie. It was so shameful. I was watching the match with my family.

  • Jeremy Nirmal on July 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    relax. India just figured out that the lack of High Definition is the reason for all the stretched images. I say give India another 10 yrs to get 3D. By then I am sure a new technology will be out.

  • Juhnski on July 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Do you always sound like this every time a new technology comes. OHH Noo cell phones, everyone's raving about cell phones cell cell.

    They didn't have anything else to talk about Bangladesh anyway since it's only Bangladesh. I think 3d is wonderful, can't wait when they start making 3d TV not just for pubs.

  • greg on July 10, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Has alcohol advertising been banned in sport? Most of the English sports teams have "official" beers don't they? (Pedigree for cricket, Tetley for Rugby etc).

  • ooga on July 10, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    "particularly obtuse opponents in a rather frustrating game of Battleships" -- nice!

  • Imran on July 10, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    When will india get ready for 3d?

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  • Imran on July 10, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    When will india get ready for 3d?

  • ooga on July 10, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    "particularly obtuse opponents in a rather frustrating game of Battleships" -- nice!

  • greg on July 10, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Has alcohol advertising been banned in sport? Most of the English sports teams have "official" beers don't they? (Pedigree for cricket, Tetley for Rugby etc).

  • Juhnski on July 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Do you always sound like this every time a new technology comes. OHH Noo cell phones, everyone's raving about cell phones cell cell.

    They didn't have anything else to talk about Bangladesh anyway since it's only Bangladesh. I think 3d is wonderful, can't wait when they start making 3d TV not just for pubs.

  • Jeremy Nirmal on July 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    relax. India just figured out that the lack of High Definition is the reason for all the stretched images. I say give India another 10 yrs to get 3D. By then I am sure a new technology will be out.

  • Adnan on July 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Man here in Saudi arabia, during the match between england and Bangladesh they were showing advertisement of American pie. It was so shameful. I was watching the match with my family.

  • Sekhar on July 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Over here in India it's all 3G,3G,3G. People nowadays watch cricket matches in their mobile phones.

  • Harsh on July 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    In fact, lot of individuals don't appreciate 3D viewing, they feel nauseated (due to our eye and balance organs' anatomy). Complete conversation of TV viewing in 3D will not happen. I watched only one movie in 3D,(paying double price) and few child rides, thats about it. I don't think people can adjust it, they will be tired.

    Well, if you are talking about Hologram phones in 3D and wait for Yoda to give you an assignment, thats a technological revolution.

  • shibendu on July 10, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    3d telecast was available for some matches of ipl

  • Aniket Utkur on July 10, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Oh Boy... whats up with you guys?? Do you have to criticize everything new? If this was attitude everybody.. Humans would still have been in caves.. Change is the only constant my friend.. live with it..