British media lambast officials for Kanpur 'farce'

Published: Friday, November 21, 2008, 15:19 [IST]
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PietersenLondon: India's win in the Kanpur one-dayer against England was dubbed 'farcical' by an angry British media, which lambasted umpires Russell Tiffin and Amiesh Sahiba for their "lack of common sense" in conducting the game.

India won by 16 runs in the 49-overs-a-side match that started late and ended early under fading light, much to the frustration of English team which is now 0-3 down in the seven-match series.

English skipper Kevin Pietersen minced no words in saying that his side had been robbed of a win by the way officials conducted the match and his views were seconded by an equally furious media here.

"The International Cricket Council is always changing its playing regulations, but one rule that it claims umpires can apply at any time is common sense, something utterly lacking in Kanpur," wrote 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"...You could understand their (England players') anger at seeing their best chance of winning a game in this one-day series disappear at the click of a light meter," it said.

Putting the blame squarely on Tiffin -- the senior of the two officials -- the newspaper said the match could have done with a shorter lunch break, as suggested by Pietersen and England coach Peter Moores. The daily said deducting just one over a side after a 45-minute delay was also a logic-defying decision.


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