Kali, the Great, Speaks with Hindu on World Cup
Legendary West Indian cricketer Alvin Kallicharran, known for his onslaught against Dennis Lillee in the 1975 inaugural edition of the World Cup, spoke with a reporter of the The Hindu on the effect of rain on the championship
Legendary West Indian cricketer Alvin Kallicharran, known for his onslaught against Dennis Lillee in the 1975 inaugural edition of the World Cup, spoke with a reporter of the The Hindu on the effect of rain on the championship. Kalli captained the West Indies for a period of time before was unceremoniously removed from the team. He made his debut in 1972 with a century at Bourda and followed up with another century in Queens park, Trinidad.
The world cup matches are being played in the United Kingdom. There have been several washouts of games including one on Thursday between India and New Zealand.
Kalli told the Hindu reporter that with so many washouts that teams would scramble to get points to qualify for the playoffs. There are ten teams in the six weeks competition. Each team plays against the other ensuring at least nine matches. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs – two semi-finals and a final.
According to the Hindu, who spoke with Kalli on Thursday, “Teams will be under pressure because they don’t know how many games are going to be washed out. This could impact their approach. The organisers might not have expected this kind of weather but I know it can rain in any part of the year there. Since the format of this edition is long, it’s difficult to have the reserve day. In the older format, we could have found time.”
Kalli said it is a logistical challenge to move games around. “While it is easier to travel across venues in England by road or train for the cricketers, the distances are not long, it can be hard to move the television equipment at a short notice if there’s a change in scheduling”.
He also said that having the entire ground covered could have helped but it would have been an expensive proposition for the counties.
Kalli said he saw ‘hope’ in the West Indian team, but “India is at the top of its game.”