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Angry Dhoni complains to BCCI about ‘technical’ delay during 2nd T20 against West Indies

Irked by the technical failure which delayed the start of the second T20 between India and West Indies in Florida on August 28, the Men in Blue skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lodged a complaint with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The Indians, who had lost the first T20 on August 27 by a single run, were aiming to level the series but the technical glitch delayed the match by 50 minutes and later on rain played spoilsport with just two overs of the Indian innings being bowled as they were chasing a target of 144. West Indies were declared 1-0 winners.

The second T20 couldn’t start on scheduled time since the production house – Sunset and Vine – that was providing the feed to the official broadcaster Star Sports, could not uplink the signals, causing a delay.

Dhoni raised a valid point by arguing that as per the rules and regulations of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game should have begun on time and there was no need to wait for the satellite signals. According to ICC, there are only three guidelines for delays in game – rain, poor light and unfit playing surfaces. As per Dhoni’s argument, the postponement in match in Fort Lauderdale did not fall under any of these guidelines.

“Dhoni’s argument – based on ICC match guidelines – was that the match should start and not wait for the satellite signals. But the production house and, in turn, the host broadcaster, had a contrarian point of view. He wanted to know if it was within the rules to delay the match because of a satellite failure and what happens to those who had bought the tickets for the match,” a top BCCI source said.

The source also revealed that this irked Dhoni to no end but the production house ‘kept buying time from Dhoni, saying their technicians would be able to fix the problem’. Ultimately, the wicket-keeper batsman accepted the argument of Sunset and Vine, but was ‘extremely miffed’.

Reportedly, Star Sports has asked the ICC for a reasoning on the delay in satellite uplinking. The ICC have said at the meeting in Dubai next month, they will discuss the issue, among the other things that will be on the table.

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