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'Lunch ke baad aana'!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The ICC came in for sharp criticism for its bizarre rules on playing conditions after  play was stopped for lunch with India needing just two runs to win in the second ODI against South Africa at Centurion. It needed simple common sense rather than the laws of the game of cricket. It was indeed a great disappointment for the capacity crowd assembled for Sunday’s instant cricket. First of all, the match ended within 53 overs and to add salt to the wound, there was a forced delay to knock off two runs needed for an Indian win only after resumption following lunch. It was highly ridiculous.

In the rules of the game, there is a provision to extend the playing hours when the last wicket is playing and there are chances of the batting side getting bowled out within a few overs before the break. Whereas there is a loophole in the law when only a couple of runs are needed and a lunch break causes an undue delay for achieving the inevitable. It was strange that an experienced umpire like Aleem Dar was forced to call lunch when victory was in sight.

The decision to call for lunch as per ICC's peculiar playing condition rules is just a farce. The attitude of the umpires and the match referee were unwanted to say the least and better council could have proved prudent under the existing laws of the game. It was right to say that the umpires just treated Indian batsmen like Public Sector Undertaking Banks and called for lunch first rather than allowing  the match to proceed to its conclusive end just few minutes afterwards. It was an otherwise an easy and emphatic win for Team India who cantered to victory by nine wickets.

— Calicut K. Subramaniam, Sanpada

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