Despite supposedly being a day-night encounter, the Duleep Trophy final began at 9:30 in the morning with a red ball in the Chinnaswamy Stadium on September 4.
BCCI’s head of operations Saba Karim, however, spoke out about the confusion. “I don’t know what the confusion is. We never said it was going to be a day-night game. All we had said was that it was going to be telecast live on TV. And even the players knew of it all along.”
This is, however, in stark contrast to what he said just a few weeks ago where he revealed that the BCCI would be ending its experiment with the usage of pink ball in the Duleep Trophy final. The players themselves had no idea about the change either.”I have no clue… when did all of this change, but I got to know of it only two days earlier”, a key player revealed ahead of the final.
Even one of the staff members from the BCCI was kept in the dark about this. “We don’t know what prompted the change but we were informed about it only a few days ago.”
However, the Karnataka State Cricket Association officials said that they had known about this all along causing massive confusion and disparity in opinions.
There is still not enough evidence to prompt an answer as to why the change was made. Maybe it was a miscommunication, to begin with, or maybe it was the last moment decision. The highest governing body of cricket in India refused to clarify this as well.
On an opening day, only 49 overs were possible as rain washed down the remaining overs. India Green, opting to bat first did not get off to a good start at all and have jeopardized the first innings. Jaydev Unadkat was the star for India Red having dismissed 4 batsmen on the first day.
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