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It was not safe - Brathwaite

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Brathwaite

LAUDERHILL, Florida (CMC):

West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite says he does not believe that it was safe to resume the second of a two-match T20 international series between West Indies and India after a rain interruption on Sunday.

Umpires called off the match early during India's reply - as a no result - after a delay caused by a 20-minute downpour and concerns about soggy areas, including at the top of the bowler's runner-up at one end.

India were 15 without loss after bowling out West Indies for 143 in 19.4 overs in a match which also started nearly an hour late because of issues with the satellite link for the live broadcast.

"In my opinion, it was unsafe, and even if the runners up were good and a guy hits a ball in the outfield in a fast-paced T20 game and he chased behind it, and he pulled something, that could be the end of a guy's career," said Brathwaite during the post game news conference.

SAFE AS POSSIBLE

"So not only do we want the cricket to play, but we want the facilities and the atmosphere and the ground to be as safe for everyone's career as possible. In my opinion, I don't think it was, and the umpires also made that decision as well."

Shortly after the rain subsided, the wicket was ready for play, as well as parts of the outfield, which drained well.

However, the captains were concerned about particular areas in the outfield and the bowler's run-up at one end that had not dried up.

The new Windies skipper said he noticed soggy patches on either side of the wicket and according to him, the late start also compounded the problem.

"We were always working against time, especially with the 40-minute delay beforehand," he said.

"It was always difficult to get the ground in readiness for the time that was told to be the cut off, so that was the major problem. If it would have dried, it probably would have, but the fact that we were working against time was the biggest issue."