by Aravind Mani
In a cricket match there is always no hard and fast rule that there needs be a winner or loser at the end of the match. There are some ways in which a match can be called off or stop play. Let’s take a look at the various ways a match could end up with no result
It is recorded as a no result in a limited overs match, when a match which has been started cannot be completed. This occurs mostly when the weather or light interrupts play. It can also be considered as draw.
Recently in the India & West Indies series we experienced a No result where the first match between them was called off due to rain. India won the toss and chose to bat and the openers gave a steady start and they were accelerating the score after which the play was interrupted by rain and then once again rain played the spot light when India were at 199/3 where they were aiming for 300 score. It rained for a long time so the Indian innings ended and West Indies were given a target of 199 in 26 overs. The rain got more intense and there was no sign of clear weather. The West Indies were unable to begin their chase and the match was called off.
In limited overs they have also come with as solution for this to enforce a result where both the teams must play 20 overs and 5 overs in ODI and T20 respectively to enforce a result and the result will be calculated using the Duckworth Lewis method
A match is said to be abandoned if weather and other conditions prevent any play from occurring. If the bowler has not started his run up and the officials decides to abandon the match then the result is termed as abandoned without a ball being bowled. This match will also not be included in stats records. But after 2004 yje ICC has declared that when a match is declared as abandoned without a ball being bowled such kind of matches to be included in stats for example as a game played by teams and players.
This year Champions trophy saw a lot of matches being abandoned due to rain. The side most affected by this was Australia. In the group stage, the Australians match was called off twice. It shattered the hopes of them qualifying for the semis when the group match between Bangladesh and them was abandoned due to continuous rain. Bangladesh batted first and they were all out for 182 and it gave Australia hopes of winning it but their chances evaporated when it started raining heavily. Australia were set a target of 183 and they made a steady start by scoring 83-1 from 16 overs and were above the DL par score. Soon rain played spoilsport and all players went off the field. Since the rain was heavy the umpires called the match off and Australia required only 4 overs to be eligible to win via Duckworth Lewis method for rain affected game This was a bane for Australia and boon for Bangladesh as they qualified for semis after a gap of 10 years.
The match can be called off if the players feel the pitch is dangerous when the ball begins to threaten the batsmen where they are not able to configure the bounce and hurt themselves. So for the safety of players the match will be called off then.
On the year 1998 Jan 28 the test match between England and West Indies, was called off within 1 hour of play after both team captain’s agreed that the pitch was danger to play on. During the match the batters of England were trying to hit to cope up with unpredictable bounce at Sabina Park. As the openers got hurt after trying to hit the ball by thinking it as a bouncer and for the safety of the players both captains consulted umpires and they reviewed and said it was unfit to play and many said that Sabina park wicket was disgrace.
This was also the first instance of a match being called off in a Test.
When the audience begin to disturb the play or throw bottles or other items onto the playground then the match can be called off due to disruption of the play.
During the semifinal between India and Sri Lanka at Eden gardens the fans started throwing bottles at the pitch after seeing India’s poor show with the bat. It led to the match being abandoned and the match referee Clive Lloyd made a big move by awarding the match to Sri Lanka. This happened because even after moving players off the field when the police were sent to control the crowd but Lloyd called off after seeing a bottle once again thrown in the field after the players went off the field. After the match Lloyd said he was unhappy with the crowd so he called it off and also said that standard of security was poor. This was also a big black mark for Indian team and that year Sri Lanka went on to win the final against Australia.