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Champions Trophy 2013

June 17, 2013

To beat the rain, should all cricket be played indoors?


Other sports don't have curtailments for weather. Fans like to see a full game each time, and don't appreciate wash-outs, over adjustments and Duckworth-Lewis calculations.


Playing under a roof takes away the impact of overhead conditions on cricket. It costs a lot of money to build roofs that cover entire stadiums, and cricket has more pressing priorities.


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June 18, 2013, 13:48 GMT


The Toronto Blue Jays franchise's (Baseball) SkyDome (next to the landmark C. N. Tower) & the Centre Court in Wimbledon (Tennis); are good examples of stadiums that have retractable roofs. SkyDome has had it since 1989, and theirs takes 20 minutes alone to cover (which is an entire quadrant of a Cricket Oval field). In fact, on inauguration night alone, in 1989, when it rained heavily, the ground was soaked within the 20 minutes it took the roof to cover the field ! Considering that Cricket fields are, roughly, according to a quick, back-of-the-paper-napkin estimate, slightly below 3 times as large as a Baseball ballpark , (and they are Oval / elliptical in shape), it would take much more time to cover. Now, I am not sure how much retractable roof technology has changed (Wimbledon got it only 4 years ago) in the last 24 years, it would seem to be a big-budget decision to make. With Cricket raking in much moolah, I think that regional Cricket boards would have the wherewithal to do it.

June 18, 2013, 5:28 GMT


No. Lets not change the sanctity of the game. The game is different from baseball only because the conditions of different countries, the climate and other such things play a crucial role in making cricket the game we all love. Otherwise, it would become too much like baseball. I perhaps am a traditionalist in that sense. As the description does suggest, there are more pressing issues in the game.

June 20, 2013, 13:58 GMT


Crucial and finale matches should be played under roof in order to avoid D/L method. Can avoid the tuf luck also even when they have played well and they lose through D/L. Already in Australia this method have been used in the year of 2000 against SA in the best of 3 series. Hence it should happen in every in every nation in the upcoming years.

June 20, 2013, 3:17 GMT


Certainly in cities where indoor facilities exist, some series could be scheduled to ensure certain play. Melbourne Renegades BBL team home ground is Docklands Stadium, which has a roof. Roof closed depending on forecast. I went to the first indoor one day international series at that stadium in about 2000, I think, Aus v Sth Africa. If memory serves it was winter, raining outside and the game I remember ended in a tie. Couldn't ask for a better endorsement for uninterrupted play, nor scheduling outside summer. Never happened again, strange isn't it, when considering frustration with crowded outdoor schedules.

June 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT


Stadiums inside England (and Wales/Scotland) should have retractable roofs. This Champions Trophy has been ruined by some pretty abysmal weather.

Tickets cost around £60/person and they all have minimum over stipulations for which you can get a refund. Surely it'd be in the interest especially for the ECB to introduce a roof to maximise profits? Over say 20 years I'm sure the amount of called-off games (or rescheduled games) would compensate for the costs of installing a roof.

Also, when at a game the umpires should be more vocal of the state of the pitch. Not just saying there'll be a pitch inspection in "45 minutes". Many people left during Ind v Pak assuming the game wouldn't be completed, a clear dialogue would help any unnecessary conclusion.

Also, international stadiums MUST have sheltered areas like the Oval. I.e. somewhere for everyone to stay warm and dry.

June 19, 2013, 15:54 GMT


Yes, especially in England. And i can be one of the conditions players has to develop. But it should be for T20 and ODIs. For tests in ENG there should be an extra day for rain effected games

June 17, 2013, 22:00 GMT


The only grounds which could feasibly host indoor cricket matches are the big stadiums around the world which are built symmetrically to the extent that a roof could easily, and cheaply, be built over the top - and there is probably only perhaps one or two such stadia in each (Test playing) country. You could never build a roof over, for example, the Adelaide Oval or the Basin Reserve (without incurring ridiculous costs). And games would have to be scheduled at the "roofed" venues; you couldn't, for example, schedule a game to be played at an outdoor venue and then when it rains move it to an indoor one. The cost of playing indoors would be too much.

June 17, 2013, 22:00 GMT


The cost and size of covering a cricket pitch make it is a non-starter. Minimised impact of changing conditions through the day by splitting the 50 overs into sets of 10 with both teams alternate as 5 innings.

How about if we roll out an artificial square (and run up tracks) if the forecast is rain. The outfield would be subject to being wet and slippery but would add to the excitement of fielding. After all the cricketers can still wear studs. There is an issue of the ball soaking up the water so we could adopt 2, 4 or 6 ball policy. Or use a series of used but fresh balls. New to open then introduce a 10 over spent dry ball etc.

One of the most frustrating occasions is when you turn up to watch a game of cricket and it is delay for conditions. There is potentially more revenue if there are variations to the format to cover for rain. Spectators just want to see a good game of cricket - even in the rain.

Just a thought.

June 26, 2013, 9:14 GMT


No way, No-1: The game of cricket is played with such a small ball. No-2: The ball can be hit to anyheight. Don't forget player like Afridi, Morris, Gayle etc are there No-3: Its a day game little change to convert it to D & N OK but completely under the light no..... No-4: The wind, The climate must have a say in the game. Bowler with skill must be allowed to use their skill on utilising the condition.

June 20, 2013, 4:07 GMT


No it is not good to play indoors.Even I have played many indoor matches for my school.