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Wild celebrations….and the cleaning bill

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In addition to the 2-1 series loss, the Indian cricket team might be handed a cleaning bill for the dressing room mess they left after the famous first victory in Wanderers.

Gauteng Cricket Association (GCA), the host body, is moving their parent body CSA to seek compensation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India for damage done by the players in the dressing room while celebrating their first Test win.

As champagne was sprayed and cakes were thrown around with gay abandon, the visitors’ dressing room at the Wanderers bore little resemblance to the tidy place that had been handed over to the team for the first Test from December 15-19.

The “most damaged” part of the dressing room was the ceiling and the carpet that had “permanent stains”. Gauteng Board first tried to get things in order, but after the dry-cleaners and chemical experts threw their hands up in desperation they moved the CSA.

Sigh ! I have always wondered about the celebratory waste of perfectly good champaign by spraying it around.

Most overjoyed of the lot was Virender Sehwag, whose celebrations knew no bounds, even as Sachin Tendulkar had cautioned that they might not again be welcomed in the dressing room for the mess they were causing to the place.

It was not given any serious thought when Tendulkar did not hold himself back and Sehwag chirped, “who knows when next we come to the Wanderers and if ever we would win here again.

As Confused pointed out, thankfully for the rest of the series, India made a mess of it on the field.


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

January 8, 2007 at 9:28 am

Posted in Cricket, India, LOL

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