Moeen says lessons must be learnt from rain drama

The National - News - - SPORT CRICKET - Team Abi Dhabi cap­tain Moeen Ali Paul Radley

Moeen Ali said T10’s play­ers and of­fi­cials need to work to­gether to avoid a re­peat of the far­ci­cal scenes that po­ten­tially cost his Team Abu Dhabi side a cru­cial win on Wed­nes­day night.

The fi­nal match of a storm-af­fected day at the Zayed Cricket Sta­dium had been del­i­cately poised when rain re­turned 2.2 overs in to Dec­can Gla­di­a­tors’ run chase against Moeen’s team.

At that point, they were on 25-1, re­quir­ing 119 to win from the full 10 overs.

The de­lay for the shower re­duced that tar­get to 62 from five – which is the min­i­mum num­ber of overs re­quired for a re­sult.

Although the ground­staff cleared the cov­ers in good time, and the play­ers were ready to restart, the de­lay con­tin­ued with um­pires and team of­fi­cials in dis­cus­sion on the bound­ary line.

The de­bate con­tin­ued for long enough for the time to pass its of­fi­cial cut off for a restart, and thus the match was de­clared a no re­sult.

It emerged that the de­lay cen­tred on the fact print­outs of the Duck­worth Lewis Stern rain-re­vi­sion cal­cu­la­tions were not pro­vided for the teams.

The lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­tended to the stands, where those fans who had stayed on in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a re­sult were left un­in­formed of what was go­ing on.

“Match of­fi­cials con­firmed play would re­sume at 9.46pm, with the view to re­duce the match to five overs, im­ple­ment­ing the [DLS],” the or­gan­is­ers wrote in a state­ment the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

“DLS tar­get dis­cus­sions con­tin­ued be­tween team man­age­ment and match of­fi­cials as both teams took to the field.

“Sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion was re­quested, and this was not im­me­di­ately avail­able be­fore the sched­uled 9.59 pm cut-off time. The match ref­eree sub­se­quently de­cided to aban­don the match.”

Each team re­ceived a point for the no re­sult, which will suit the Gla­di­a­tors, who top the ta­ble. Team Abu Dhabi, though, are now strug­gling to make it through to the play­off stage.

“It is a bit frus­trat­ing but we are pro­fes­sional play­ers, and

I’m sure ev­ery­one through­out their ca­reer would have ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing like this be­fore,” Moeen, Team Abu Dhabi’s cap­tain, said.

“Th­ese things hap­pen. It is not a T20, where ev­ery­thing is laid out for you. T10 is quite new. It is a great for­mat, and maybe we can get to­gether as play­ers and of­fi­cials and work some­thing out bet­ter, but it is fine.

“We still have a slim chance. Hope­fully, if things go our way, we can still get through.

“I’m sure ev­ery­body is go­ing to learn from this, and some­thing will come up and I think we just need to work it out as a group of play­ers and with the guys be­hind the scenes.”

Pawan Singh/The Na­tional

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