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Calling off the game? Asking umpires won't be a bad idea

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2011 02:37 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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Perhaps MS Dhoni needs to update himself on the ICC's rule on when captains can call off a game. It says the match could be called off when both captains agree there's 'no prospect of either side achieving a victory'.

Now, it could be debated endlessly whether India could have won had they not pulled the plug on the chase with 86 runs required off 15 overs with seven wickets in hand. What, however, couldn't be denied, even by the staunchest supporters of the decision, is that there indeed was a 'prospect' of India winning the match, slender though it may be.

So, clearly the Indian captain either misread the situation or he hid behind the rule to play safe. Unfortunately, the situation couldn't be helped once both the captains agree to call it a day as umpires have to agree with them, no matter how erroneous the captains' decision might appear.

To ensure the rule is interpreted and applied not only in letter but in spirit as well, maybe it's time umpires were also made a party to such decisions. And the umpires sound game for the role.

Unlike the captains whose reading of the situation could be influenced by the thoughts of victory or loss, the umpires will bring in an unbiased and neutral opinion. So giving umpires also a say in the matter along with the captains won't be a bad idea.

That will not only see the matches with 'prospect' of result run the full course, but also it will save the spectators from feeling cheated like they did on Monday.

The web world is agog with reactions, ranging from feeling cheated to shocked, at being robbed of an opportunity to see a thrilling finish.

One may or may not agree with common man's reading of Dhoni's decision, but it's hard not to feel for them. They stayed up well past midnight anticipating a spirited chase, if not a victory. What they instead got to see was a timid withdrawal.

The faithful few of Test cricket certainly deserve a better deal.