Central Region has cried foul against tournament officials for robbing them of victory in their match against Mid Western Region during the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket on Tuesday.
Central Region were forced to share points after the match had to be called off due to persistent rain but Central Manager Krishna Kanhaiya Kayastha said there was enough time for the officials to resume the game.
Central were chasing a target of 124 runs from 50 overs and were 23-1 after lunch and rain intervened to pull the players out of the field. The match was then called off after the ground was deemed unplayable by the field umpires.
“It was a one-sided decision by the umpires because there was still one and half hour remaining in the day’s play to complete the required minimum 15 overs in the game. We have the tournament regulations with us and according to it we had enough cut off time that could have allowed the game to happen,” said Kayastha.
The ground umpires had called off the match at 4:08 PM, while the cut off time would have allowed the game to run until 5:30PM. Kayastha also said that the ground staffs had also worked sluggishly during the process of cleaning out the ground.
The wash out hit the most to Central, led by national team middle order mainstay Sharad Vesawkar, after they went on to lose the second game to Western Region by 95 runs are in a danger of early elimination from Group ‘A’.