Oman v Netherlands, World T20 qualifier, Group A, Dharamsala March 11, 2016

Netherlands ousted after Dharamsala washout


Match abandoned Oman v Netherlands

Rain in Dharamsala allowed only the toss before the match, between Oman and Netherlands, was abandoned © International Cricket Council

The first international match between Oman and Netherlands was washed out, without a ball being bowled, after persistent rain left large puddles on the field in Dharamsala. The result meant that Netherlands, who had launched themselves to the tournament proper in the previous World Twenty20 with a stirring run-chase, were knocked out, just two matches into their campaign this year.

Oman, coming off a proper high, having scalped Associate favourites Ireland on Wednesday, however, remained in the hunt for the Super 10s, with three points from two games. The two sides shared points, after the match was abandoned at 4.48pm local time, an hour before the cut-off time.

It had rained during the morning and overnight as well, leaving the groundstaff with an uphill task. Rain, however, had relented at 2.45pm, which was just enough for the coin to go up. Oman's Sultan Ahmed, the oldest captain in the tournament, opted to bowl, explaining that his decision was motivated by overhead conditions.

Minutes after the toss, when the players were preparing to line up for the national anthems, rain returned, forcing the covers back on. The groundstaff, in fact, covered the entire playing area. Rain, though, only got heavier, and had the final say.

Netherlands captain Peter Borren was left despondent after his team's campaign ended: "For it to end like this after having lost to Bangladesh in a closely-fought game, we are gutted, he said. "We could done a lot of things better in that game, it will haunt us for a while. We don't get a lot of opportunities at this stage. As someone says, our next chance could be in four years time."

The forecast for the second match of the day, between Bangladesh and Ireland, also looks bleak.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ronald on March 12, 2016, 6:39 GMT

    So Oman goes through? Yeah, this is a tournament to really take seriously.

  • Anil on March 12, 2016, 2:07 GMT

    It would an insult to cricket, if Oman qualifies for next round. ICC should enforce a strict rule about the composition of the team. Most of the players in Oman's team are from India and Pakistan, where standard of cricket is very high, It is like cheating teams like Ireland, Scotland and Holland by making them play in qualifying round against teams like Oman.

  • cool on March 12, 2016, 1:30 GMT

    I hope Shashank manohar does something about it .

  • Aalee on March 11, 2016, 23:58 GMT

    "A Weaver'. Your helpful comments are of course correct. There is no level playing field in ICC competition. The hoops called Qualifiers are a ruse , a device to protect selected teams, selected countries known as Full Members. No other code in World Sport would allow or condone such controlled unfairness. Why ? Because that sport would instantly stand accused of manipulating tournament outcomes ( in World Cups).

  • alastair on March 11, 2016, 14:20 GMT

    Just don't get the idea of having a 2-stage qualifier for these associates.........they don't get to play the big boys and when they do ICC makes sure they have very less chance to qualify..........It's the best format where the gap is less between good sides and these associates and therefore right format for cricket to be spread worldwise......There should be atleast 12 or 14 teams in this competition where top 10 gets direct entry and6 or 8 associates fight for other 2 or 4.........come on ICC......don't make this game more ridiculous..........

  • Kanakaraj on March 11, 2016, 13:53 GMT

    Dharamsala situated on the upper reaches of a Valley surrounded by Hills. So atleast few matches could have scheduled out of Dharamsala. Sad news of rain even before the start of main round.

  • sunder on March 11, 2016, 13:27 GMT

    computers predicted rain and thunderstsrom , but they are not able to host a world event, feel for dutch, my heart is melting after hearing words from peter borren!!

  • Giridharan on March 11, 2016, 13:10 GMT

    They should allow 4 teams to go through...2 from each group. This is the best format for associates to surprise the test nations. And these teams need exposure. By asking 2 test playing countries to qualify already it is tougher for the associates. The main draw can have 2 groups of 6 teams with The top two from each group going to the semis.

  • S on March 11, 2016, 13:10 GMT

    There should have been reserve days and reserve venues for these matches. But the Dutch have themselves to blame here after botching up their chase against Bangladesh.

  • Kumarpal on March 11, 2016, 12:59 GMT

    Dharamshala is a ground with logistical problems as it's only connected by road to the Chandigarh airport. Plus being in the Himalayan region it is first hit for rain. So the BCCI should have not kept the opening round here and as you can see almost all Group A matches are in danger of washout.

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