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Win 6000 EC, or 125 X 125 Ad Space

UPDATE1: I just found out that there is a problem with my comments table and I am not getting your comments. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to anyone who has commented in the past couple of days. I am trying to rectify the problem, but the contest is still on. You will however have to use the contact me form (on the navigation bar) instead of the comment form till the time the comments start to work again.

UPDATE2: The problem is resolved, but I have unfortunately managed to lose the comments that have been posted over the past couple of days. So, if you have posted a comment during that time and it has not shown up, you now know why. I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to you and I hope that you will take the time to post your comment again. Sorry for the trouble, and thanks for bearing with me.

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After the success of the last contest, it is contest time on the blog once again!

This time the prize is more than the last time, and there is a prize even for those who don’t use Entrecard. You can either enter the contest to win 6000 Entrecard credits or, if you don’t use Entrecard, you could enter the contest to win an 125 X 125 ad space on this blog for three months.  Even if you use Entrecard but would rather win the ad space, you can do that. The 125 X 125 ad will be placed where the money magnet is placed at present.

The Rules :

  • You have to subscribe to the RSS feed of the blog via email.
  • Then, you have to leave a comment on this post stating whether you are entering the contest for the 6,000 EC or the ad space. You can enter only for one of the two.
  • Those who are already subscribed to the RSS feed are not eligible for the contest. Sorry, you guys!
  • The contest closes midnight (Indian Standard Time) 31st July, 2008.
  • The winners will be announced on 1st August, 2008.
  • The winner will have to provide his own 125 X 125 ad, which would be subject to approval before  it is put up on the site.

That is all.

You don’t have to write a post about this contest, but I would really appreciate it if you did. It would be good to see this contest get as much publicity as possible. Best of luck to all those who decide to participate.

P.S. – This contest will have at least two winners. But, if any of you would like to sponsor any prizes for the contest, we could end up having more winners!

Twenty Twenty Cricket – Fun in SA

I have to begin by saying that I was very skeptical about the Twenty- Twenty format of cricket. And with Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly – all seniors players for the Indian cricket team – opting out of the Twenty -Twenty format, my belief about the frivolousness of this new format of the game was further strengthened.

But now, with about a week into the Twenty20 world cup, I stand corrected. Not only is this format more interesting and fast paced, but it also takes up less time of the spectator.  In the fast paced world of today this is a really good thing.

This move of introducing the Twenty20 form of cricket should help in popularizing the game in  countries like the USA where it is still relatively unknown.

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Indian Cricket : End of an Era?

Indian cricket came to the forefront in 1983 when India, underdogs back then, played like champions and lifted the coveted world cup. Since then, Indian fans got a lot to cheer for, as Indian team performed well and was the only game in which India had any international standing.

Even today, other than an exception every now and then, cricket is the only sport in which India has produced players of international repute. But with Sachin admitting that he feels too old to play in one day games, Saurav not being able to show the form he was once famous for, Dravid seemingly bent under the weight of captaincy, and there being no youngster who has shown himself capable of replacing even one of the three great players, it seems it is curtains for Indian Cricket.

Like most sports, the way cricket is played has changed over the years and across the world. And like most sports, India finds itself being left behind while the others keep improving and getting better.

If that was not enough, match fixing allegations, have rocked the cricketing circles in India. And when a match has ended closely, the fan is left in a doubt as to what he just saw was an excellent display of sportsmanship or an excellent display of stage management on the cricket field.

And even if that was not enough then the recent creation of ICL has further questioned the intentions of the people who are running the game in India. Are they in it for the love of the game or for the love of money? Needless to say that money is important for developing a game but when money begins to dominate the game, the game has no future.

I will not predict that this is the end, or even the beginning of the end, but I can’t help but wonder : is this the end of an era?