Hyderabad, Mar 3: May be it was the tension with regards to the security arrangements that got the better of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) which made a faux pas at the start of the second Test between India and Australia.
The local association forgot to pay tribute to victims of the bomb blast at Dilsukhnagar at the beginning of the match. Having realised their mistake, a two-minute silence was observed on the second day by the players of both teams.
"There was a lack of coordination because we were so stressed to ensure that all security arrangements were foolproof," admitted former Hyderabad opener and senior official Dr M V Sridhar.
A BCCI official remarked that players were "even ready on the first day as it should have been the case. But it was the prerogative of the local association."
In the end, it was the case of better late than never.