South Zone v North Zone, Duleep Trophy final, 5th day

Teams share trophy after final washed out

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 21, 2013

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Harbhajan Singh and Abhinav Mukund collect the Duleep trophy after the rain-hit final was drawn, North Zone v South Zone, Duleep Trophy final, Kochi, 5th day, October 21, 2013
The captains shared the spoils © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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South Zone 33 for 2 drew with North Zone
Both teams share the trophy
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North Zone and South Zone were declared joint winners of the 2013-14 Duleep Trophy season after the umpires inspected the wet outfield and called the game off, 15 minutes after the scheduled start on the fifth day.

The farcical climax to the tournament brought to an end a frustrating and rain-affected couple of weeks for fans and players alike in Kochi, after the first semi-final was decided by the toss of a coin, and four of the five days in the final were washed out. A reserve day was in place for Tuesday, but the officials decided not to use it as more rain is expected in Kochi.

This is the fourth instance in which the Duleep Trophy title has been shared. West Zone were previously declared joint winners with South Zone in 1963-64, North Zone in 1988-89 and Central Zone in 1997-98 seasons.

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Posted by venkatesh018 on (October 21, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Well said CricketMaan. BCCI's intentions are crystal clear for anyone who wishes to open his eyes and see. The farcical conduct of this year's Duleep Trophy and virtually no attention and care from anyone let it be the BCCI administrators, Cricket pundits and the media is a new low even by BCCI standards. Domestic cricket in India(Duleep, Deodhar, Ranji etc) is conducted as a ritual and not as the stepping stone for International cricket which it is.

Posted by anshu.s on (October 21, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

It is farcical indeed, i agree with the views of @CricketMaan when CLT20 matches were shifted out of Ahmedabad on short notice, at the time i welcomed the decision taken by CLT20 organisers although felt sorry for Ahmedabad public who missed seeing SRT one last time live, but no such luck for Duleep trophy , many after the rain affected north vs east SF many had commented that final needs to be shifted out of Kochi .Kochi ground is principally a Football ground and drainaige is among the worst in the world as even blazing sunshine which lasted the entire day was not enough to dry the ground, problem was also compounded by lack of adequete covers and enough ground staff.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (October 21, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

It is such a travesty really. Players like Aparjith and Manish Pandey could have displayed how good they are if this match had been played the full distance. It is absolutely shocking that the BCCI's planners have such little imagination or vision as to have a match as important as this in Kochi at this time of the year.And not have a contigency plan.It is not about sharing the trophy. I wish the BCCI will realise that the Duleep Trophy is just as important as any other IPL game.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 21, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Don't know if this was totally unexpected weather, but it may have robbed few players on on the fringes a chance to put up their case. BCCI should be more careful in selecting match venues, especially in the monsoon season. Sad ending to a premier tournament.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 21, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

If Mum Indians game can be moved at short notice wny not a duleep trophy final! it only affrims where BCCI's loyalty is

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

India vs wi must be shifted to any other venues

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