Mohammedan Sporting Club was awarded full two points in their match against Brothers Union in Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) after the latter refused to play the game at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan Ground 4. With the victory Mohammedan ended their three-match long losing streak.
Mohammedan however compiled a gigantic total of 316 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs with Irfan Shukkur making 92 runs, after which the rain intervened. As the rain stopped, the umpires waited for ground to be dried up. They then inspected the ground and pitch at 3:49pm and announced that the game will start at 4:06pm and it will be a 20-over affair.As per the D/L method Brothers’ target was set for 174 in 20 overs.
Brothers however demanded to reschedule the game to the next day, which is kept as reserve day, claiming that the outfield of the ground is wet, where it is not possible to play cricket. But the umpires refused to accept that wet outfield issue.
They waited for Brothers to enter into the ground for 10 minutes. Since they didn’t come to play, they awarded Mohammedan the game.
“After inspecting the ground, umpires announced that the game will start at 4:06pm and it will be 20-over affair. And umpires entered into the ground at right time but Brothers didn’t come. Brothers complained that the outfield was wet,” Match referee Akhter Ahmed Shipar said on Tuesday.
“As one side of the pitch was wet but that position of the place was such where the ball normally doesn’t pitch and any fielder also doesn’t stand there. That’s why we thought that it was possible to play. Therefore umpires waited for Brothers to come. Since they didn’t come, Mohammedan were announced winner in line with the rule of ‘refused to play’,” he concluded.