Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Some players of Hindu faith playing in the MHL contemplated boycotting the MHL quarterfinals scheduled to be played on January 30 at it was on Thaipusam Day.

MHF obviously had not put on their thinking caps when they listed January 30 as the day the first leg semi finals were scheduled to be played, to accommodate live telecast.

Teams in the MHL objected to playing the quarter finals back to back, on January 30 and January 31 and the reaction from the MHF Secretary was it was too late to change the fixtures and that the teams should have raised this issue earlier.

This is a multi racial country and hence all religions should be respected Mr. Secretary. MHF opted not to play MHL matches on Dec 25 and Dec 26 due to Christmas but even the BPL was played on Boxing Day.

Now it is learnt that MHF has changed the dates of the quarterfinals and no matches will be played on January 30. Instead the quarterfinals will now be played on January 29 and January 31, thus allowing players to fulfill their religious obligations and teams get a day rest in between.

Let's take the goodwill further MHF, reschedule the semi finals as well to give the teams a break, instead of playing on February 5 and 6, why not give teams a week break in between the two leg semi finals and play on Feb 6 and Feb 12.

Move the final scheduled for Feb 12 to the following weekend, February 20, so that Chinese New Year and Valentines Day can be celebrated by all.

After all we are not going to the World Cup, unless Munianday and Kandasamy are...