ICC won’t change bails mid-event

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —AFP

Team P W L NR Net RR NZ 3 3 0 0 2.163 ENG 3 2 1 0 1.307 IND 2 2 0 0 0.539 AUS 3 2 1 0 0.483 SL 4 1 1 2 -1.517 WI 3 1 1 1 2.054 BAN 4 1 2 1 -0.714 PAK 3 1 1 1 -2.412 SA 4 0 3 1 -0.952 AFG 3 0 3 0 -1.493 Pts 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 1 0 London: The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil has ig­nored pleas from World Cup stars to re­solve the bail con­tro­versy that threat­ens to spoil the tour­na­ment.

In­dia’s Vi­rat Kohli and Aus­tralian Aaron Finch joined forces to con­demn the “un­fair” prob­lem on Sun­day. Aus­tralia’s David Warner avoided be­ing bowled early in his side’s un­suc­cess­ful run-chase against In­dia when he de­flected Jasprit Bum­rah’s de­liv­ery onto the wicket via his boot.

It was the fifth in­ci­dent in the tour­na­ment of the zing bails, which con­tain lights that flash when the ball hits the wicket, fail­ing to come off when hit.

But de­spite calls for a change to the bails from Kohli, Finch and for­mer Eng­land cap­tains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hus­sain, tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers have no plans to make a switch back to the tra­di­tional wooden style.

“We wouldn’t change any­thing mid-event as it would com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of the event – the equip­ment is the same for all 10 teams across all 48 games,” the ICC said on Tues­day.

“The stumps have not changed in the last four years. They have been used in all ICC events since the 2015 Men’s Cricket World Cup and in a range of do­mes­tic events. This means they’ve been used in more than 1000 games – this is a sta­tis­ti­cal anom­aly. This is­sue has al­ways been part of the game, with the ac­cepted con­cept be­ing that it re­quires some force to dis­turb a bats­man’s ‘cas­tle’.”

A grounds­man pumps out rain­wa­ter at Bris­tol County Ground as in­clement weather forces Bangladesh-sri Lanka match to be aban­doned with­out a ball be­ing bowled on Tues­day —AP

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