Yuvraj Singh questions BCCI on importance of Vijay Hazare Trophy following Punjab's quarter-final nightmare
The Punjab team endured a catastrophic end to their Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign as rain denied them a chance to win their quarter-final match against Tamil Nadu. A lack of reserve day for the all-important fixture saw the southern side seal a spot in the semi-final. Yuvraj, who himself played for Punjab during his active days as a cricketer, lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not keeping a reserve day.
Punjab were chasing a paltry target of 175 runs and were 52/2 when the rain started to lash down in the 13th over of the game. No play was possible from thereon and the match had to be called off.
Tamil Nadu reached the final on the basis of more wins than Punjab in the league stage. A similar scenario was witnessed in the Mumbai vs Chhattisgarh match where rain ended the former's campaign as the latter made it to the semi-final due to the same rule.
Yuvraj, asking the BCCI whether a domestic competition like Vijay Hazare Trophy isn't important for them, posted a fiery tweet on social media.
"Again an unfortunate result for Punjab against TN in the Vijay Hazare tournament, again Punjab cruising and game abandoned due to bad weather, and on points, we don't go to semis! Why don't we have a reserve day? Or is it domestic tournament it doesn't really matter? @BCCI," he wrote.
Again an unfortunate result for Punjab against TN in the Vijay Hazare tournament , again Punjab cruising and game abandoned due to bad weather, and on points we don’t go to semis ! Why don’t we have a reserve day ? Or is it domestic tournament it doesn’t really matter ? @BCCI— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 22, 2019
Mandeep Singh, who was captaining Punjab in the tournament, admitted that it was unfortunate to bow out of the tournament on the basis of a 'very bad rule'.
"Going out like this is very unfortunate and I think it's a very bad rule, to decide something like that," he said after the washed-out quarter-final in Bengaluru. "Fighting it out in the A, B groups - the two groups that have the best 18 teams... Had it rained yesterday, Pondicherry would have qualified (ahead of Karnataka, in the tournament's first quarter-final). Doesn't make any sense, but cannot help it.
"Teams will prefer to play in groups C and D then, if the rules are like that. Very unfortunate and really not happy about this."
The four teams in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 semi-finals are Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The final of the tournament will be held in Bengaluru on October 25.