Injured Azhar hurt over umpire's ruling

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Hyderabad skipper Mohammed Azharuddin on Saturday became a victim of a lopsided rule of Indian cricket.

Umpires Narendra Menon and Jasbir Singh refused him his regular batting number of four and he had to bat at number seven, after his side was down at 212 for five on the fourth day of the Ranji final against Mumbai.

Azharuddin was hit on his thigh by a throw while batting in the first innings. He continued despite pain and made 75, but overnight he had a swelling and blue a patch appeared, hence he did not take the field during the whole day of Mumbai's second innings on Friday.

Mumbai showed the umpires the rule that stated that if the batsman had internal injury, then as a penalty for his absence for a whole day, he cannot bat till the fall of fifth wicket. The umpires agreed with Mumbai without any consultation with the doctor who treated the batsman.

Azharuddin was very upset about it. He said the injury occurred in front of the umpires and it was not necessary that a bloodless' injury is less painful.

Mumbai skipper Samir Dighe also had to leave the field with a dislocated thumb.


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