Russell Domingo (above) said that match referee Chris Broad was the one who decided the T20I game should be played © Getty Images
Mar 13, 2014
Australia and South Africa played a rain curtailed Twenty20 International (T20I) at Durban. However, the fact is that the match almost didn’t happen. Play was delayed due to rain and the game was reduced to seven overs.
All of the concerned parties including the coach, captains from both sides and the umpires had deemed conditions unfit for play.
South African coach, Russell Domingo said that match referee Chris Broad was the one who told the match must be held.
Domingo said, “It was a little bit odd because both captains agreed to not give it a go because of the outfield, and the umpires decided not to give it a go,” as reported by CA website.
“I think it was overturned by the match referee. At the end of the day it turned out to be a great spectacle for the crowd, but there’s always a threat of serious injuries when conditions are like that. But it’s done now, and everyone’s ok.”
Australia’s middle-order batsman, Brad Hodge said, “Weren’t ideal. It was a 50-50 call. The problem is, you’re leading up to a Twenty20 tournament which is pretty important and both sides would have been worried about injures. It was a pretty good game of cricket in the end.”
Hodge concluded by saying, “You’ve come all the way to South Africa, you want to play cricket. You don’t want washouts in all three games.”