What is a game without a controversy?

Published: Thu 13 Jun 2019, 8:39 PM

Last updated: Thu 13 Jun 2019, 10:40 PM

What is an international competition without a controversy? Sure enough, there are not one but three already in this Cricket World Cup being held in England and Wales!
The most important seems to be that of bails not falling when the ball hits the stump. There have been around five such instances already. Such happenings were very rare, earlier, just one or two in a decade. Media reports seem to be blaming the bails, but in my opinion the malaise lies elsewhere! The problem seems to be in the sockets used to mount the stumps. The socket seems to be too rigid.
The other controversy is the 'no play' due to rain! Three matches have already been washed out. It would be really unfortunate if 'no play' decides the results of an important championship.
The ICC seems to have washed its hands off saying it is not possible to have one day extra for every match.
I think the easiest option would be to reschedule the matches. Two matches can be held on one day.
For future championships, the ICC can keep at least one day in a week as extra day when such (washed out) games can be rescheduled.
The third controversy, in a tea cup, has been solved. The Indian media tried to raise a hue and cry. However, in view of clear rules of the ICC, it got sorted out.
- Uday P Garg, Dubai

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