Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2019 11:10:35




THE assertion by ICC Chairman Mr. Shashank Manohar that “Test cricket is actually dying” is a half-truth, made from the point of viewership rather than the inherent quality of five-day cricket. Test cricket has seen its obituaries every now and then. Whether it was Kerry Packer’s World Series in coloured pyjamas or the advent of T20 cricket, the timeless beauty of Test cricket has withstood every examination. If TRPs and low spectator turn-outs are the only considerations to measure the beauty of the pre-eminent format of the game, then it is a faulty comparison, based on commerce.

Ask any cricketer, even in this era of IPL and Big Bash, and every red-blooded player worth his salt would put the longest format of cricket as the ultimate test. It is impossible to kill classicism. Its commercial value may take a dip but Test cricket just cannot die. The gripping series between India and Australia and West Indies’ resurgence were another testimony to the importance of Test cricket. Advertising Test cricket should be on top of ICC’s priority instead of taking a pessimistic approach. 



IT MADE good reading that the pollution levels in the tributaries of the Ganga river has been under control and good enough for the pilgrims to take holy dips in the waters without fear of any disease, during the ongoing Kumbh and Magh mela festivities.

The Central Pollution Control Board had issued strict instructions to hill States like Uttarakhand to direct industries to treat coloured industrial effluents to safe levels before releasing those into the water-flow. Those instructions were followed strictly to bring pollution under control to safe levels. If such a monitoring is possible, though for a limited period, then it can be concluded safely that permanent solution to the pollution challenge can be found out.

As the Namami Gange project goes on, the small news item from Dehradun about Pollution Under Control (PuC), thus, comes as an assurance that the challenge of pollution can be tackled with focused effort. This is no mean an achievement, given the enormity of the operations. A relentless monitoring appears to be the key to resolving the issue.