Calcutta/Sydney: Miffed at Indian Match Referee Javagal Srinath’s decision to call off their fourth ODI against Australia here due to rain, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, said that they would ask the ICC about “inconsistencies” in rulings regarding rain-affected matches.
Rain halted play in the fourth over of Sri Lankan run chase after Mahela Jayawardene’s side had scored 14 for no loss, needing 209 more runs off 46.4 overs with all their wickets intact.
The match was later called off and Srinath explained that play did not resume because he and the umpires, Paul Reiffel and Marais Erasmus, felt conditions were “unfair”.
Srinath’s call robbed Sri Lanka of an ideal chance to finish off the five-match series, having already taken a 2-1 lead, and Jayawardene expressed frustration that a ground as rich in history and facilities as the SCG could not get the game re-started.
Jayawardene said that matches have been played in far worse conditions and cited as example his side’s ODI against New Zealand in Pallekele only three months ago.
“We played New Zealand three months ago and the interpretation we got in that series was quite different to what we got today,” Jayawardene said.