England's Guwahati jinx continues

Published: Thursday, November 27, 2008, 16:27 [IST]
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PietersenGuwahati:  England cricket team's jinx at the Guwahati venue continued as the second fixture involving the team here was called off, with the English team starring in all cancelled or abandoned matches in the more than 25 years of international cricket record here.

The sixth ODI between England and India in the ongoing seven-match series, that was scheduled here on November 29, was called off today after all the remaining matches were also cancelled following the terror attacks at Mumbai.

This was only the second time England was scheduled to play at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, though the English team is yet to take the field here.

An earlier fixture between England and India on April 9, 2006, had to be abandoned following inclement weather, which had led to mass public vandalism, including setting galleries on fire and breaking extremely expensive equipment of broadcast companies.

The English team's plans of making a debut at the Guwahati venue again met with failure as Mumbai terror attacks ensured that this time round the team did not even touch down in the city.

Interestingly, Nehru Stadium here has hosted 13 ODIs since the first match between India and West Indies on December 17, 1983, with only the India-England tie in 2006 being the one that was abandoned.

Again, Saturday's fixture that has now been called off is the only match that had been cancelled on the field due to security reasons.

As disappointed cricket fans, who get a chance to see live their heroes rarely, received the cancellation news with resentment, some mocked that maybe the organisers should consult an astrologer before fixing the next England match here.


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