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3 times cricket matches had to be stopped due to bizarre circumstances

The IPL 2021 cricket match between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday in Ahmedabad had to be postponed as two KKR gamers examined constructive for COVID-19.

The BCCI confirmed that the match was being rescheduled after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier examined constructive for COVID-19. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) cricket match, scheduled to happen in Delhi on May 5, has additionally been postponed. Apparently, CSK are unwilling to take to the sector in opposition to RR owing to the COVID-19 scare of their camp.

Cricket matches normally get interrupted or cancelled principally due to rain or weather-related causes. However, identical to the case in IPL 2021, there have been just a few situations prior to now when cricket matches have had to be cancelled for causes that may be described as bizarre. We recall three such situations.

#3. A cricket match deserted due to unplayable pitch

The 1998 England-West Indies Test cricket match was deserted due to a harmful pitch

One of the shortest Tests in historical past, the primary Test between England and West Indies in January 1998 at Sabina Park in Jamaica lasted all of 10.1 overs. England elected to bat first after profitable the toss. They have been quickly three down for 17 because the ball was dangerously lifting off a size.

England skipper Mike Atherton (2), Mark Butcher (0) and Nasser Hussain (1) all perished earlier than the batting aspect might attain double figures. Alec Stewart hung round gamely in his unbeaten 9 off 26, whereas Graham Thorpe was but to get off the mark having confronted 10 deliveries.

With the ball refusing to behave and placing the batsmen a number of times in relatively discomforting vogue, the umpires Steve Bucknor and Srinivas Venkataraghavan took issues into their very own fingers and concluded that the pitch was unsafe for cricket.

Lengthy discussions have been held and gamers left the sector after 10.1 overs. An hour-and-a-half later, the match was formally deserted. An further Test was held at Port of Spain to compensate for the misplaced encounter in Jamaica.

#2. Pakistan concede 2006 Oval Test over ball-tampering allegations

Pakistan forfeited the 2006 Oval Test over ball-tampering allegations
Pakistan forfeited the 2006 Oval Test over ball-tampering allegations

In what can be thought of among the many most controversial finishes to a Test match, Pakistan forfeited the 2006 Oval Test in opposition to England over ball-tampering allegations.

During the fourth day of the Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval, on-field umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove dominated that the Pakistani workforce had been concerned in ball-tampering. They awarded 5 penalty runs to England and in addition provided them a alternative ball.

Protesting the choice, the Inzamam-ul-Haq-led Pakistan refused to take the sector after the tea break. After ready for 20 minutes, the umpires determined to award the match to England, bringing the cricket match to a bizarre finish.

Ironically, the Pakistani workforce did take to the sector nearly half an hour later, solely to be knowledgeable by the umpires that the sport had been forfeited the second the bails have been eliminated. England remained the winners of the Test.

It was a tragic finish to a cricket match that had witnessed some high quality cricket. After rolling over England for 173 of their first innings, Pakistan replied with a mammoth 504. Mohammad Yousuf made 128, whereas Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat fell within the 90s.

England launched a fightback within the second innings courtesy Kevin Pietersen (96) and Alastair Cook (83). The match had an surprising finish although, and a relatively abrupt one at that.

#1 A cricket match deserted due to an act of sabotage

Ian Chappell and Tony Greig analyze the damage done to the Headingley pitch during the 1975 Ashes cricket match. Pic: @WSCupCricket/ Twitter
Ian Chappell and Tony Greig analyze the injury executed to the Headingley pitch through the 1975 Ashes cricket match. Pic: @WSCupCricket/ Twitter

It can not get extra bizarre than this. The third Ashes Test of 1975 in Headingley had to be deserted over an act of sabotage.

Before the fifth day’s play, the pitch was dug up and broken with knives and oil by vandals, who have been campaigning for the discharge from jail of a convicted prison. No play was attainable on Day 5 and the match had to be declared a draw.

England put up 288 on the board after profitable the toss and batting first on this bizarre cricket match. David Steele top-scored with 73 whereas John Edrich contributed 62. Skipper Tony Greig additionally chipped in with an unbeaten 51. For Australia, Gary Gilmour claimed 6 for 85.

The Aussies have been rolled over for 135 in reply. Australian captain Ian Chappell top-scored with 35 whereas Phil Edmonds claimed a five-for on debut on England. After England posted 291 of their second innings on the again of Steele’s 92, Australia fought again laborious and had progressed to 220 for 3 on the finish of the fourth day’s play, with Rick McCosker unbeaten on 95.

What might have been an thrilling end to the cricket match by no means materialized as oil and knives had the ultimate say within the Test.

Published 04 May 2021, 12:35 IST

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