ICC to discuss India-West Indies second T20 fiasco in Florida
The ICC will discuss the fiasco in the second Twenty20 International between India and West Indies in Lauderhill on Sunday in its annual workshop for match officials next month.
The second match of the two-match T20 International series between India and West Indies here on Sunday was called off due to rain, leading to the latter clinch the series 1-0.
The delay at the start of the game, for "technical" reasons, robbed the match of a result with rain arriving two overs into the second innings.
As the ground conditions were perfect at the regulation start time, the match would have been past the halfway mark of its second innings had it started on time. Only five overs in each innings are required to be bowled for a result in T20 matches.
"At next month's annual workshop, the match officials will be discussing a wide range of topics, including the second T20I in Florida," an ICC spokesperson was quoted as saying on 'ESPNcricinfo'.
The ICC playing conditions have guidelines for delays for only three reasons: rain, poor light, unfit playing surface.
After bowling out the West Indies for 143 in 19.4 overs, India were 15/0 in two overs when the dark clouds hovering over Lauderhill opened up, interrupting the play. Even though the rain stopped, wet outfield meant that the match couldn't be resumed.
It resulted in the match being called off and the West Indies bagged the series, thanks to their one-run win in the first match on Saturday at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground.
In the second match, India's bowlers showed marked improvement bowling out the West Indies for 143 in 19.4 overs and the team looked very much in contention to share the honours in the series.
India opted to bowl and Jasprit Bumrah (2/26), Mohammed Shami (2/31), Amit Mishra (3/24) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/11) perfectly exploited the West Indian batsmen's loopholes as the latter struggled from the very start and even failed to play the full 20 overs.
(with inputs from agencies)