Mohali: While the focus now shifts to the final, questions must be raised on the futility of scheduling a semifinal in the northern part of India, by the tournament committee headed by Shivlal Yadav. Conditions in these parts at this time of the year where rain and fog are sure-shot dampeners need to have been taken into consideration
J. Arun Kumar, Karnataka’s batting coach, was of the opinion that the match should have been held at a more suitable venue. “There are so many other centres in the country where there is sunshine for five days during this time of the year,” Arun said.
His Punjab counterpart, Bhupinder Singh (Sr) claimed that the youngsters on either side were robbed of a fair chance of impressing the national selectors who were in attendance here. “The boys from both the teams should have enjoyed it, having covered this journey over three months. Winning and losing is a part of the game, but I wish the match would have gone on for five days. That way with the national selectors around, the boys would have got an opportunity to showcase their talent,” he said.