The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked match referee to prepare a report of the events that unfolded during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game between Karnataka and Hyderabad. Here is what the board has said –
The BCCI has taken cognizance of the events that unfolded during and after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018 match today between Hyderabad-Karnataka. An official report by the Match Referee is awaited, following which appropriate action as per BCCI’s Code of Conduct will be taken
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018
During the first innings of the game, a shot went past the boundary ropes but the on-field umpires rewarded only two runs to the batsman and the team as they thought that the ball had not touched the ropes.
Later, Karnataka captain, R Vinay Kumar, met the officials during the innings break and got two runs added to the team’s total.
At the end of Hyderabad’s innings, Hyderabad found themselves two runs short of Karnataka’s total, which was something that Hyderabad players couldn’t swallow and the batsmen stayed on the field after the end of the game.
They were joined by Hyderabad skipper, Ambati Rayudu, in the middle who was accompanied by other players as well. The long talk between Hyderabad players and officials saw the second game of the day being delayed and being cut down to 13 overs.
BCCI has now acted on the matter and has asked for a report, after which the board will decide whether to take an action on any player or not.
Looking at the matter, it can be said that no Karnataka player would be penalized as they didn’t protest after the end of the game nor they waste any time. Their skipper got just two runs added to team’s total, which were erroneously not awarded to them.
On the other hand, Rayudu, along with other players might come under the scanner if found guilty. If it will be confirmed that Hyderabad was delivered the revised target before the start of their innings, then it could lead to a fine or some action by the board while if they can prove that they were not informed, then the board might just deduct two points from Karnataka’s total, thus m, awarding it to Hyderabad, which would mean that the match had no result.
The board is expected to come up with an official report soon.
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