There was a huge controversy regarding the ODI Cup match between New South Wales & Victoria on Sunday (October 15th). The match was abandoned surprisingly due to the pitch conditions at North Sydney Oval. Cricket Australia (CA) is now set to investigate the whole situation.
Although abandoned, Victoria won the match due to Duckworth-Lewis method as they were cruising at 108 for 4 after 265 overs, chasing a mere 144 runs set by NSW. There was a discussion spanning well over an hour among the officials before Victoria were awarded the win & also the bonus point.
A CA spokesman said, “Cricket Australia will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances around this abandonment & will revert to the teams with those findings. At this stage, a different wicket will be used for the next match on Tuesday and CA will monitor conditions According to the match referee across the day, there were around 10-15 balls that jumped off a length, while others were keeping lower than expected. In the last three overs of the match, four or five balls jumped dangerously, including the last two balls of the 26th over. On coming together the umpires and match referee decided that the conditions were dangerous.”
NSW’s lost any hopes of reaching the final and it has put Victoria in prime contention. They will join Western Australia and South Australia in the finals unless Tasmania manages to collect two or more bonus points over Queensland on Tuesday (October 17).