Had an interesting dinner-time discussion @Cricket and how inconsistent it is! While Sarat maintained that the inconsistency of the playing conditions is what made the game so interesting, I still believe that for any game to be played fair and square (and to be just to the playing sides), the playing ground HAS to be even for the length of the game!
I feel awful for teams which lost because they were playing second and the pitch/weather turned against them!
Sarat and the rest seemed to agree on this.
I however, maintain that if any sort of global ratings are to be maintained, then every team must play on a more or less regimented set of pitches and weathers (as much as possible) – or else we should do away with the ratings system – dunno – can’t place a finger, but something seems wrong – dunno what!