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Karimganj stage walkout

Hailakandi, April 1: Karimganj today held their J.K. Baruah Trophy inter-district under-19 cricket tournament quarter-final match against hosts Hailakandi to ransom by staging a walkout over a controversial decision of the umpire.

The Karimganj team walked out on the second day of the three-day match at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Stadium here, refusing to play following umpire Biswajit Bardhan signalling the leg before wicket decision against Karimganj tailender Nabarun Das off Hailakandi’s Vikash Kawalia’s delivery.

The players had an altercation with both the umpires — Bardhan and Taz Uddin — before walking out.

Earlier in the day, Karimganj took a first-innings lead of 26 runs bowling out Hailakandi for 176 just before the lunch in 64.5 overs today.

The visitors, who posted 202 in the first innings, however, were all out for 77 in 29.3 overs in the second innings when trouble erupted.

Cricket secretary of Hailakandi DSA Rupak Bhattacharjee said the matter has referred to the Assam Cricket Association.

ACA secretary Bikash Baruah said he was yet to be informed about the incident and that the ACA would take necessary action at the earliest.