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British media calls for "heat rule"

Leading news dailies including The Daily Telegraph said matches should not happen or be abandoned, if the heat is too oppressive.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 13:49 IST

Oppressive heat during the India-England ODI at Jamshedpur on Thursday prompted calls for a "heat rule" in the British media.

A leading news daily said the tie at the Keenan stadium on Wednesday should not have happened in the light of extremely hot conditions.

"England finished with their first win in this series ... but, really, the game should never have started at all," The Daily Telegraph said.

"Over in Melbourne, players are arguing about a 'heat rule' that kicks in at 35 degrees. The temperature in Jamshedpur was at least 43 in the shade, let alone in the remorseless sun."

The report also hit out at theBCCI for holding the match at an ill-equipped venue.

"With its tiny changing rooms and outdated facilities, Jamshedpur is hardly a satisfactory venue for international cricket, even during the cooler months," the paper said.

In another write-up in the same newspaper, former England opener Geoffrey Boycott said the one-day series in India has shown that the tourists do not have the resources to win the World Cup in 2007.

"The series in India has become little more than a series of trial matches and it has proved that some of our youngsters are just not good enough," Boycott wrote.

"I am sorry, but Kabir Ali, Liam Plunkett, Owais Shah and Ian Bell are not going to win the World Cup for England", he said.

First Published: Apr 14, 2006 13:25 IST