Bengal asks for a runner for injured Rohan Banerjee

Published: Friday, December 9, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Bengal asks for a runner for Banerjee

Kolkata, Dec 8: Bengal on Thursday exposed themselves their little knowledge of new cricket rules when they asked for a runner for an injured Rohan Banerjee but only to be denied promptly by match officials in their Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu.

With Bengal struggling at 129 for six in reply to Tamil Nadu's 391, the Bengal think-tank brought on Banerjee at number eight from the hospital bed with Abhishek Jhunjhunwala padded up to become his runner.

But the umpires denied it, pointing out the new ICC rule of abolishing runners. Banerjee had to be retired hurt.

It seemed the side led by veteran Sourav Ganguly, now a cricket commentator, was unaware of the new ICC rule.

"He had serious injury, so we asked the umpire for a runner but they denied," Ganguly said after the match.

Ganguly further said there was no pressure from CAB for him to play and it was the youngster's decision to bat.

"He wanted to play. Many have played with injuries earlier. CAB did not pressurise. We said if you are fit then you have to bat. CAB does not come in the picture," Ganguly said.

CAB joint-secretary Sujan Mukherjee said, "We thought the umpires would allow runners, as was in the case during a U-22 match of Bengal earlier."

Banerjee stayed in the middle for 17 minutes and faced eight balls but only to be retired hurt for nought as he was rushed to the private hospital again.

The doctors criticised the move to make him play again. "We want to highlight two things. First, he should not have been brought on a chair after being injured as not using a stretcher it seemed aggravated his condition. He passed blood in urine and has visceral injury. Also, the move to make him play surprised us (today)," a doctor said.

Banerjee is said to have been advised to remain under medical observation till Saturday.

CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey, however, said Banerjee had been admitted today because he reported "weakness".

Banerjee, while fielding at forward short-leg, was hit on his lower abdomen on the first day on Tuesday and he remained out of action till he was brought to play at number eight today.


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