Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reportedly complained to the BCCI about the "unpardonable" technical failure that delayed India's T20 ODI against West Indies last week. With India unable to play the 5 overs required for a result, the delay had resulted in West Indies winning the two-match series.
The second match of the India-West Indies T20 series has come under some serious criticism for the way it was organized. With India losing the first match by just a run to the World Champions, the second match had assumed importance. But, the match was delayed by about 50 minutes after Sunset and Vine, the production house in charge of the telecasting and supply of the feed to the broadcaster, failed to uplink the signals. The match began after the delay and West Indies were curtailed to just 140-odd runs by India, but India were unable to chase the easy target after rain played spoilsport.
India would have had a shot at the game if even five overs of play had been possible, and the earlier delay had clearly robbed them of that definite chance. Indian skipper MS Dhoni has reportedly expressed his strong displeasure at the debacle, reported Firstpost.
"Dhoni's argument - based on ICC match guidelines - was that the match should start and not wait for the satellite signals. But the production house and, in turn, the host broadcaster, had a contrarian point of view," a top BCCI source said, reported the publication.
The source also talked about how Dhoni had tried his best to push for the match to start on time only to be repeatedly denied by the production house who "kept buying time from Dhoni, saying their technicians would be able to fix the problem".
The source added that Dhoni eventually was forced to let things slide but was "extremely miffed". When what he had feared came true as play was interrupted before India could have a shot, Dhoni complained to BCCI officials about the fiasco, said the source.
"Dhoni's argument was simple. He wanted to know if it was within the rules to delay the match because of a satellite failure. He wanted to know what happens to those who are in the ground, and had bought expensive tickets for the match," the source further said, reported Firstpost.
Dhoni had pointed out that the delay did not fall under any of the 3 situations that the ICC guidelines permit - from rain, poor light and unfit playing surfaces.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also taken notice of the event and has said that it will analyze the fiasco at its annual workshop in October. "The officials will be discussing a wide range of topics, including the second T20I in Florida," the note said.
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