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Game of Cricket Ditched, by Kotala Pitch. Cricket is off, Blame game is on.

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Disappointed and angre, the full capacity crowd was cheated, on a Sunday in holiday season become mere spectator to the Pitch Drama, ultimately abandoning the Match.

Match with the full capacity Fans sent for a six. Kotla Let down,  may raise question, and  exerts pressure on much talked India’s  Prepared ness of the common wealth  games, scheduled in the Indian Capital  very soon.

In a very embarrassing turn of events, the fifth One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi has been called off due to poor pitch conditions.

Since the start of the play on Sunday morning, it was clear that the newly laid Kotla track was uneven, with a few deliveries giving the Sri Lankan batsmen a scare. Tillakaratne Dilshan was hit on his left arm as a ball took off unexpectedly, leaving the batsman in pain.

But play continued till the 24th over when a Sudeep Tyagi delivery kicked off the pitch and skipper wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni struggled to collect it.

Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Kandamby first had a word with Dhoni before he approached the umpires. Umpires Marais Erasmus and Shavir Tarapore soon conferred and Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was seen gesturing to his teammates from the dressing room.

Sri Lanka were 83/5 when skipper Kumar Sangakkara came onto the field to have a chat with the umpires and his Indian counterpart MS Dhoni. He looked clearly unhappy with the conditions.

Subsequently, Match Referee Alan Hurst also walked in and they were joined by Kotla curator Vijay Bahadur Mishra and BCCI Pitch and Grounds Committee chairman Daljit Singh. India coach Gary Kirsten joined them along with his Sri Lanka counterpart Trevor Bayliss.

Delhi and District Cricket Association officials, including vice president Chetan Chauhan, had offered another pitch to Hurst.

But the final official announcement came more than one-and-half hours later and by then the two teams had already left the venue, along with the officials.

The Kotla tracks have been long criticised for their quality, including during the Champions League T20 tournament. No Ranji games were played in Delhi this season due to the pitch. 

A huge crowd that had kept aside the weekend to watch the Delhi match was disappointed. While some spectators held up posters saying “I want my money back”, some fans turned violent and broke the chairs in the stadium.

“DDCA regrets the inconvenience caused to all spectators and others. We offer our apologies to them,” Arun Jaitely, DDCA President said in a statement.

He also said all gate tickets will be refunded. “All gate tickets will be refunded. A detail announcement in this regard will be made shortly,” he said.

The embarrassment, however, may not end here as ICC’s latest code of conduct regarding poor pitches states that a first such breach should be met with “a suspension of the venue’s international status for a period of between 12 and 24 months together with a directive for appropriate remedial action and the need for prior ICC re-accreditation as an international venue”.

The last time a match was abandoned on India was in 1997 in Indore. Jayasuriya, who scored 31 on Sunday, was the only player to feature in both the matches.

As reported in the media.

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