- Guwahati's standing as an international venue is under serious threat in the aftermath of the fifth India-England ODI where crowd trouble erupted when the umpires called off play because of a wet outfield.
Unfortunately, I don't think anything like that will happen. Rewind to November 2002, when idiot crowds disrupted three successive one-day matches with the West Indies -- in order, Jamshedpur, Nagpur and Rajkot. At Rajkot the match actually had to be abandoned and India was declared the winner (Duckworth/Lewis, but India was cruising towards a win anyway). Which left the minor irony that India was the winner of a match its own supporters destroyed. (Maybe a hope of something similar is what motivated the Guwahati yahoos).
And what has happened at those grounds since those days of shame in 2002?
Jamshedpur is hosting the next India-England match, on Wednesday April 12. Nagpur hosted the third Test versus Australia in October 2004, the first one-day match versus Sri Lanka last October and the first Test versus England last month. Rajkot hosted the sixth one-day match versus Sri Lanka last November.
There are other inspiring examples of such disruptions. I chose these three at random.
Now I don't know any easy way to deal with idiot crowds being violent at matches. But the minimum must be to deny those crowds the chance to watch the game live for a period that will hurt. Five years, ten years, something. (Instead, for example, Rajkot's three year wait for a match after that 2002 mess is just the average -- since Rajkot's first match in 1986, there's been a match held there about every 3 years).
So what's the bet Guwahati will host a match sometime in the next couple of years (Guwahati's average)? What's the bet we'll keep seeing this madness at Indian grounds in the future?