The decision to delay the start of the India-West Indies second T20 international in Florida last Sunday had the blessings of the BCCI. Broadcasters Star Sports unable to beam live pictures of the match on time due to technical issues which forced the delayed start have received bad press after the delay cost India an opportunity to square the series. (Rain denies India victory in Florida as West Indies clinch series 1-0 ) But with Star Sports being BCCI’s long term partners, there hasn’t been any action or fact finding. Star Sports paid the BCCI 34.4 crores to broadcast the two matches in Florida. BCCI officials refused to comment despite multiple attempts. An ICC spokesman did confirm the decision to delay the match start by 40 minutes was arrived at by the match officials after consulting both competing members.”Taking into account the strategic considerations behind the staging of the two international matches in Florida, the match officials, on the request of the two competing members, agreed to tweak the playing hours to allow the host broadcaster to overcome the technical difficulties,” ICC clarified. The two games were essentially BCCI’s home games being played at an off shore venue. The games also served an opportunity to the West Indies cricket board (WICB) to compensate the BCCI for some of its losses arising out of West Indian players pull out from the India tour of 2014. In such circumstances the call to delay start had to come from the BCCI. (MS Dhoni wants more T20s in United States )advertisementBCCI’s commercial considerations could be understood in a heavily competitive market space, the incident robbed thousands of on ground cricket fans, exposed to international cricket in a new market, an opportunity to see a result despite coming in to watch the games at steep prices. Meanwhile, sources in the ICC have confirmed that the Florida fiasco will be discussed at its match officials annual workshop next month. A rain delay of merely 20 minutes was enough to make the ground conditions unfit to play with India stranded two overs into their chase of a modest T20 target of 144 and robbing MS Dhoni a chance of squaring the series. At least five overs are needed to be bowled in the second innings to constitute a match under Duckworth-Lewis playing rules.Dhoni disagreed with his West Indian counterpart Carlos Brathwaite who deemed a number of areas on the outfield unfit for play. The match officials led by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle were also not convinced with the state of the outfield following the rains and decided to call off the match. Florida’s Lauderhill was hosting the two games between the two T20 heavyweights as part of an effort to develop a new market for the game. But the venues’ inadequate drainage facilities and equipment to deal with the rains are also set to be part of the discussions at ICC’s workshop.
Jammu, Nov 18 (PTI) A cricket tournament of All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) and Police will commence in Jammu from November 20, aimed to inculcate a sense of healthier body and mind through sports amid the drug menace spreading fast among the younger generation across the nation. “A cricket tournament is being held at a mega level in Jammu from November 20 to December 25,” Vice President of AIKS, AK Raina told reporters here today. Flanked by former captain and chairman of selection committee of Jammu and Kashmir Ranji cricket team and former BCCI member, Ashwinder Koul and Chairman of Media Committee of J&K Cricket Association, Rajesh Dhar, Raina said that Advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and former Vice Chancellor Jammu University Professor Amitabh Mattoo will inaugurate the tournament. Ten teams will be participating in the league based matches for AIKS-ALCOBREW Championship Cup. The final will be played on December 25 with cash awards and attractive prizes for the winners and runner up teams, besides trophies and mementos to man of the matches, man of the tournament, best bowler and best fielder awards. PTI AB DK CM