The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to discuss the rule for a reserve day in playoff games after the eliminator game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad was hit by rain, which saw the match being over at 1:27 AM on next day,
“It’s a matter of concern for us also, what has happened yesterday. We will definitely discuss it at the Governing Council; what could be the way out. We will definitely talk about it. So far we have got a reserve day for the final and not for other playoff matches. This will also come up for discussion and let’s see what members say,” Shukla told The Indian Express.
There were dark clouds over staging the game as it was raining relentlessly in the city of Bengaluru but clouds shed away in the afternoon. The first innings of the game was a smooth affair as there were no disruptions during the first 20 overs but it started raining as soon as it was over. After multiple delays, finally, the game started at nearly 1:00 AM. Thanks to the newly installed Sub-Air draining and aeration system installed by KSCA earlier this year that they poured out 2 lakh Litres of water to conduct the given overs in the second innings smoothly or else KKR would have been knocked out despite stopping Hyderabad on a mere total of 128.
After multiple delays, finally, the second innings started at nearly 1:00 AM. Thanks to the newly installed Sub-Air draining and aeration system installed by KSCA earlier this year that they poured out 2 lakh Litres of water to conduct the given overs in the second innings smoothly or else KKR would have been knocked out despite stopping Hyderabad on a mere total of 128.
KKR was given a revised target of 48 to be chased in six overs, which they did successfully, but at one stage there was tension all around in KKR camp including Shahrukh Khan, the co-owner of the franchise as it would have been unfair on KKR’ part to miss out on a spot in the second qualifier without getting a chance to bat.
Though Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Man of the Match, objected the idea of playing cricket at 2:00 AM and said,
“Well, no one really got nervous until when they went out there for the last look at about 12:40 am. It sort of looked like I didn’t wanna play. I think there is so much time, rules probably need to be looked at, I mean it’s 2 am, you can’t be playing cricket at 2 o’clock. But I wasn’t nervous at all. There was so much time, we had to get on.”
Shahrukh Khan floated idea of playoff games having a reserve day on Twiter and wrote –
Glad on the winning side tonite. But play offs need to have an extra day in case of an abandoned match. Ami KKR onwards with @GautamGambhir
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 17, 2017
Surely, we might see the apex Board bringing about a change in the rules as a team would like to be knocked out after putting up competition in the field rather than being left for rain to decide the result of the game.