Fans blast decision to move ODI from Adelaide to Sydney
Sydney: South Australia’s cricket fans blasted the decision to move Monday’s One-day International (ODI) between Australia and India to Sydney after the game was stopped just 15 minutes because of rain.
Fans took to social media to vent their frustration at Cricket Australia (CA) over the decision to move the match from Adelaide, where the weather was fine, to Sydney, which resulted in play being stopped almost immediately due to the weather, reports news.com.au.
There were only 2.4 overs played in Monday’s match between Australia and India before rain forced a halt to proceedings, and the covers were rushed out over the pitch.
Australia had won the toss and decided to bowl and India’s score was six for no loss at the time of the stoppage.
The Australia Day match has traditionally been played in Adelaide before it was stripped from the city by the sport’s governing body in June last year.
Former transport department boss Rod Hook took aim at Cricket Australia’s decision to shift the game to Sydney.
Other Twitter users joined in the chorus of condemnation for the decision to switch venues for the game.
The decision to move the match to Sydney looks even more dubious after 52,633 fans packed the Adelaide Oval to watch the Big Bash League semi-final between the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers Saturday.
“The cricket would be underway with a full house, if Cricket Australia had scheduled it where it should have been played. #farce,” Kate Bartlett tweeted.
Another cricket fan Brian Finnigan said CA shouldn’t have moved out the match from Adelaide.