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Cricket Australia stages its Big Bash during the middle of a Test series, depriving franchises of marquee players and also ensuring that the five-day side has nowhere to turn to for match-ready resources should someone break down. The England and Wales Cricket Board cosied up to a swindler, and have allegedly scuttled plans for IPL sides to play in Ireland or Scotland.

updated: March 06, 2013 17:58 IST
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Bangalore: Last year, I finally freed my inner Oscar Wilde and yielded to temptation. I paid for it. For 80 dollars, I got as many hundreds of hours of action as I could handle. I could savour my Monday night fun on Tuesday afternoon if I chose to. And if I wanted to stop midway in the wee hours and carry on the next morning, that was fine too.

It's not what you're thinking. I refer to the modern sports fan's newest guilty pleasure - live streaming video. And in the case of the National Football League, you weren't watching some stop-start pixelated rubbish either. With a fast Internet connection and an HDMI cable to hook up to the TV, I was viewing games in near-HD quality. Instead of being a million miles away, I could almost kid myself into thinking that I was at Candlestick Park.

Rudimentary arithmetic tells me that I spent about 25 rupees for every hour that I watched over the course of the season. The average full game cost me less than a ticket at a Bangalore multiplex.

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