Na­tional An­them for­got­ten: "Lapse on our part", ad­mits BCCI match or­ga­niz­ers

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight - Dr M. Arif Hafeez Sports Re­porter

KARACHI: The play­ers, match-of­fi­cials and or­ga­niz­ers were "so much in a hurry" to start the 3rd T-20 de­cider be­tween In­dia and New Zealand teams that no Na­tional An­them was sung be­fore the com­mence­ment of the game at the Green­field In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram on Tues­day.

Bar­ring this match, Na­tional An­them of both coun­tries was played in the en­tire se­ries.

Ad­mit­ting this and speak­ing ex­clu­sively Jayesh Ge­orge, the hon­orary sec­re­tary of the Ker­ala Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (KCA) said, "yes, that was a mis­take on our part".

Be­cause of heavy shower in the city the match was de­layed by 2 1/2 hours.

"We all were there at the grounds and in a hurry to start the match, we for­got to play the Na­tional An­them. Even play­ers or match of­fi­cials also not re­minded this".

"It is a se­ri­ous lapse on our part and I apol­o­gize (to the na­tion). It will never ever hap­pen in fu­ture".

"It was the de­ci­sion of the match-ref­eree to re­duce the match to eight over a side".

Min­i­mum 5 overs per in­ning is re­quired to be played for the of­fi­cial T-20 match.

The play­ers could have lined up for the Na­tional An­them even after the match.

The sec­re­tary gave credit to the ground-staff for mak­ing the ground fit for play. "They did an ex­cel­lent job. Once it was felt that the match would not take place".

The host as­so­ci­a­tion had in­vited all ex-play­ers in­clud­ing S. Sreesanth to wit­ness the match.

"Sreesanth has been banned (by the BCCI) for play­ing. We had in­vited him to watch the match. He didn't come as he is liv­ing in Kochi", the sec­re­tary signed off.

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