England v New Zealand, World T20 Group 1, Chittagong

Broad aggrieved over lightning call

Alan Gardner in Chittagong

March 22, 2014

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Average decision-making from umpires - Broad

Stuart Broad did his best to hide his anger after a decision by the umpires on when to take the players off in England's World T20 opener led to defeat against New Zealand via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

With Broad bowling to Brendon McCullum and lightning visible in the sky, the umpires waited until the arrival of rain before calling a halt, crucially allowing proceedings to reach the five-over mark required to constitute a game.

Broad said England could "feel aggrieved" to have lost and suggested the players should have come off the field at the first sign of lightning in the interests of safety. He criticised the decision-making by Aleem Dar and Paul Reiffel, the on-field umpires, but stopped short of saying England would lodge an official complaint.

"To be as polite as I possibly can be I think it was distinctly average decision-making keeping us on after the first lightning strike at the start of the fifth over, keeping us on throughout that," Broad said. "That over has obviously given us a loss.

Brendon McCullum and Stuart Broad trudge off the field as it starts to pour, England v New Zealand, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong, March 22, 2014
Stuart Broad and Brendon McCullum leave the field as rain hits © AFP

"I asked the umpires for a bit of clarity on the decision-making at the end of the game and they said they didn't see the lightning and didn't think it was a threat. You can guarantee from our team we felt like it was a threat and with a batsman pulling away from a delivery after 4.2 overs I think the batsman saw it as well.

"At the end of the day it's a game of cricket so I wouldn't be putting the crowd and players' safety under threat."

McCullum pulled away as a flash of lightning lit up the sky with Broad running in to deliver the fifth ball of the fifth over. At that point, New Zealand were level on D/L, although two more deliveries needed to be bowled before it could come into effect. Broad's fifth ball was a dot but McCullum thumped the next for six. After 5.2 overs, with rain falling, Dar and Reiffel decided to call a halt.

Broad and McCullum were to be seen in apparently amicable discussion as the teams went off at the start of a heavy downpour. Broad said there were "four or five" lightning strikes while the players were out in the middle and that he and McCullum, the New Zealand captain, had discussed leading the players off themselves. "It's not sour grapes because I think both sides were uncomfortable being out there in such heavy lightning being around," he said.

The initial rainfall lasted around 20 minutes before appearing to blow over. But, with the umpires due to make an inspection, further rain arrived, causing the match to be abandoned at around 11pm local time.

"I think you should have an umpire in here for some clarity to be honest," Broad said. "There are some questions that need asking to the ICC. I mean it's all very well wanting to finish a game so you can tick a box, etc, but players' health and safety and actually crowd safety is very important and that to me felt like very threatening lightning."

New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills said that the right decision had been made to take the players off, although he felt the timing was a matter for debate. He said that McCullum, who hit 16 off six balls, had "summed up the situation pretty well" to make sure his team were ahead of the D/L par score.

"If Stuart was on the other end of it, he would be more than happy with the decision," Mills said. "In cricket you win some and you lose some, the umpires are trying to make the decisions to the best of their ability. They want to get a full game of cricket on, a judgement call as they see it, and it just so happened that we got another over in the game."

Two of England's previous World T20 campaigns have featured similar defeats. In the Caribbean four years ago, England lost to West Indies after rain reduced their target to 60 in fives overs and then their second match in the first group stage, against Ireland, was washed out. They squeezed through on net run rate before embarking on a five-match unbeaten run to the title. In 2009, when England hosted the tournament, they were effectively knocked out after losing another rain-affected game against West Indies at The Oval.

New Zealand had been set a target of 173 to win after England made the highest total on the ground in the tournament so far, despite no one scoring more than Moeen Ali's 36. Defeat leaves England possibly needing to win all three of their remaining games to reach the semi-finals. They are not in action again until Thursday, when they will take on Sri Lanka, who beat South Africa in the afternoon game on Saturday.

"Nothing we can do about it now, we just have to win our next three games, simple as that," Broad said. "The way we played tonight there's every possibility we can do that. We're still lacking that one player to go on and get a big 60 or 70 but we've got some guys firing and that's a good thing.

"The World Cup we won in 2010 we lost on D/L in the first game, scraped through against Ireland then we won our next five games to win the competition. We have to have the belief that can happen again."

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Posted by Rag-Aaron on (March 24, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Looking at the respective heights of Broad and McCullum in that photo you can see why Broad might have been more worried about the lightening

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Correction to my earlier comment.30 runs to be correctef as 36. My sincere appology to Youvi

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Please lodge a complaint with the ICC against Wasim Akram the great Indian fortune teller for giving you and South Africa, fancy hopes of reaching the super 8 stage. Mr. Broad do not feel bad as you have conceded only 16 runs against the gigantic 30 runs toyed by Youvi the other day.

Posted by BlackHawk on (March 23, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

As an Indian fan living in the UK, always love to see the home side stuggling!! Well played New Zealand!

Posted by tamperbay on (March 23, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

To all those people saying that 5 overs is not enough time to produce a fair result, well check this out - the teams were even on D/L after 4 overs apparently. Broad bowled badly, McCullum batted brilliantly, and NZ won. Fair result.

Had Broad bowled better, and McCullum got out, and fewer runs came from the rest of the over, then England would have won, and that would have been a fair result. What is wrong with that?

Like the DRS, its not ideal, but maybe the best way we have at the moment.

Posted by regofpicton on (March 23, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

It is easy to have some (limited) sympathy for Broad, and I think he is right in saying England were bowler heavy. But then again NZ was batter heavy (Ronchi, Nathan McCullum and Southee at 7 8 9 is batting pretty deep!) so I do think NZ was going to get there anyway. The real loser on the evening, as many have pointed out, was cricket lovely cricket, as it should have been a good game whoever won.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (March 23, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

It was really unfortunate to spoil a great match between the two. Both teams had their chance of winning. We cant blame the umpires to take that to 5th over. There have been matches played during drizzles and lightning. It was actually a good decision made by the umpire to make that to 5th over and made the game. They cant be blamed because they cant predict when rain will arrive or not. As Mills said, Broad would have been happy if he was at the winning end. But it was Broad who gave away those vital runs at the last to McCullum. If he knew that England was at the danger, he could have bowled better. He gave away 16 runs and that is never a great bowling. England was the favourites at the start of 5th over. NZ needed 42 at the end of 5th needing 11 more runs to equate the D/L par score. So Broad is the one who threw away that victory. Whatever, any captain will have that frustration.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Okay! So a batsman should not walk when out till he's given out but the game should be stopped at the first sight of lightening in anticipation of the rain...wow!

Posted by AdmiralKhirk on (March 23, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Oh dear, oh dear, Mr Broad is such an ungracious loser. England are rapidly becoming an anachronism in the world game with teams like Nepal, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and so forth being the genuine entertainers. It is teams like those which are both creating and demonstrating the expanding interest in the game. Good luck to Windies this afternoon...Silly them: they will play with a smile, with flair and with entertainment at the core.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

It would have been appropriate for Yuvi to send the following message.

"Dear Broad,

16 is lesser than 36. So, be happy my friend!

With love from Yuvi."

Posted by jrg_from_oz on (March 23, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

So Broad is aggrieved that, in his opinion, the umpires got it wrong and it cost them the game.

Well, this Aussie is still aggrieved that the umpires got it wrong in 2013 and cost us a Test.

Talk about pots and black kettles!

Posted by Brahams on (March 23, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Very amusing comments from Caption Whinge!

In World Cup tournaments, especially in the subcontinent, England is expected to roll over and make way for worthy teams. So why all this fuss?

Posted by Dielo on (March 23, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Now Englnd know what South Africa felt like in 1992. If you didn't complain about taking the win through D/L then, you shouldn't do it now when the shoes on the other foot.

Posted by the_blue_android on (March 23, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Just imagine what would happen if a player from the subcontinent with no connections said something like this about the umpires.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (March 23, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

This is the "Spirit of Cricket" - England style! :)))

Posted by seniorgators on (March 23, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

@EdwinD Whilst I can understand your point that 5 overs may be too few to constitute a game, the DL system does take into account that the first 5 overs are powerplay overs.Interestingly England were marginally behind NZ at the same point of the game.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

Once again Broad shows what a poor sportsman he really is. A least this time the umpires told him to walk off.

Posted by adeelicap on (March 23, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

crying board, no sportsman, many team occurred defeats like this, and the rules are already there, why hue and cry when big 3 devises all rules, hope sri Lanka thrash in on sided to throw this crying team out of the T2o wcup

Posted by abhitupe on (March 23, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

oh yes! England at it again. Whine is all they do. Have they forgotten their final berth in 1992, the famous 1 ball 22 runs equation for SA. They were hard done by, but you cant question umpires. Just because you played well, does not mean that if the game could be completed in 2 deliveries,you would stop and say because it cant stretch to 20 overs, so sharing point is a solution. Yes, they did not deserve to loose, but they cant keep asking questions when they loose and keep mum absolute mum, when things fall in their place. Broad is no different than a whiny English captain. Keep at it.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

We were at the game, and the lightning was no where near the stadium. None of the crowd felt like they were in danger, and I was shocked to read that the English apparently felt like they did.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

Deciding the outcome of an international game after 5 overs of play is not fair at all. Is it a street match between kids ? There should be no D/L in T20s atleast.

Posted by thegreg on (March 23, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

damn cry baby. it was him who was bowling and got struck for 6 off a full toss. accept responsibility and move on.

Posted by itisme on (March 23, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

I am not an England fan, nor do I care about NZ, but I have always felt tat the D/L method is not fair at all. To be honest I feel it is rubbish and t is unnecessary. Why, in football and every other team sport n the league stages we accept draws as perfectly alright. Why not in cricket? Why cannot we award 2 points to each team and work on that. ICC cricket committee, please scrap the D/L method.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (March 23, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Agree with @ramz_01 or at least with @Naveen Paudel will say that it had made me eager to know who had derived this formula for DL in T20 to be decided in 5 overs in place of 8 overs(40%).....also it should be interesting to know what he had thought to round off 8 to 5 (more distant) overs instead of 8 to 10 overs(more close).....

Posted by milepost on (March 23, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

@Kaustabh, well said. Broad, Stokes and KP were the only players that showed some ability during the last Ashes. Stokes did something stupid, KP got sacked and Broad is now complaining about umpiring decisions. England have nothing.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

obviously frustrated after going for 16 runs lolz

Posted by EdwinD on (March 23, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

The issue imo isn't the players coming off, it's that 5 overs constitutes a game in the 2nd innings - that's 25% of the allocated overs! This obviously favours the side batting 2nd as all the 5 overs will be in the powerplay - the rules should be changed so that 10 overs constitutes a game.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

Words with disappointment. Nothing else. Relax Broad. Still long way to go. Don't get depressed at this point of time. You are here to encourage your national team till end. Let history speak this what you feel. You seems down in confidence. Come on.. You have to fight hard and don't give up for something what is not in your hand. Al the best for the rest. :)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

It's kinda of funny, when a guy who refuses to walk after edging to slips and shows no remorse over that either, is talking about Umpire's decision-making. Stuart Broad has no moral right to talk about umpiring decisions for rest of his life.

Posted by gibbons on (March 23, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

@Mayank Gupta - I sincerely hope that they wouldn't - what you're suggesting is that those two captains would attempt to bully umpires for the sake of generating a favourable result.

Ludicrous that he's trying to pass it off as a safety issue... and telling that he's happy to blab to the press, suggest the ICC and the umpires have questions to answer about this clear failing... but we won't be making a formal complaint.

Sad that a person who has shown himself to personally be so strong in how he plays the game would do such a weak thing as captain.

Posted by ramz_01 on (March 23, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

why ppl blaming umpair? everyone like to hav a game, thatz wt umpairs also did thr, to me umpairs are correct here, thy waited to lighting to treat nd thy off reminder if thr z game always one team end wit loosing side intersting to see wt ws boards reaction if mcCullams didnt hit da six, anyway i thnk ENG hard done by 5 over game dis is nt fair. icc seriously thnk abt decide a match may be after 7 or 8 overs.

Posted by shibuvin on (March 23, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

@Skand Bhargava, It's Lightning...... Not Lightening.......:)

Posted by Walter07 on (March 23, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

Dont understand what Braod is cribbing about. Had it been in favor of his side, he would have made all possible excuses to say that the decision was correct. Typical English.

Posted by the_blue_android on (March 23, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

I think a phrase was coined for this exact same behavior. I think it's called 'toys out of the pram'. Broad is quite good at that.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

England lost the match just because of Broad's over of 16 runs. He is captaining the team and should lead from the front.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

4 or 5 lightening strikes? lightening or lightening strikes? Where did lightening strike 4-5 times... in the town? How does Broad know? Or it's just a case of bad English... or exaggeration?

"...and they said they didn't see the lightning and didn't think it was a threat." It doesn't quite add up. How could the umpires think of something which they did not see, as not a threat?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

I think this situation should have been handled better by Broad. Captain like Dhoni or Clarke would have walked off immediately or shown their displeasure to the umpires, forcing them to walk off.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

It is outrageous to use DL method in T20 games. The match should left undecided and Super over should be conducted as conditions are favorable. It is better ICC put a spare day for rain washed out games....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

If Mcullum had not hit that six, he would have called it as a fair decision. Sour grapes!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Umpiring is horrible in past few months, Asia Cup had very bad umpiring and even yesterday Umpires should have call for covers when it was lightning but they continue the game till it rained, poor decision

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 23, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

I think this is one of those cases where one team would feel aggrieved no matter which way the decision went or who the teams were. I can certainly see Broad's point because being out on a cricket field with lightning around is dangerous and I think that most teams would feel the same in the same position. That said, I'm not sure quite how close to the ground the lightning was and, if they had gone off then, NZ would have felt aggrieved that they were denied the opportunity to bat until the rain came. I think that any other team would also feel the same in the same position, including England. The simple fact is that it's never ideal when a game is affected by rain and someone is almost always going to feel hard done by.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Broad said. "That over has obviously given us a loss...."

And, he should have added, "And, I was the bowler and I bowled it badly. I didn't know what was the required score for a NZ win at the end of the 5th over. Either B Mac did, or he took a gamble. Or NZ was lucky"

If he had added words on these lines, it would have sounded better.And, not "sour-grapish"! And, no one would have described Broad's comments a broad diatribe against the hapless umpires, who didn't have the foggiest idea when the rains will fall.

In BD and most of the sub-continent, life goes on with that kind of lightning for hours. Ask the crowd, whose safety he seems to be worried about so much. Of course, AFTER the results!

Posted by BARFI on (March 23, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

I am sorry to say that ICC should have thought about allowing extra days instead of D/L or even a shorter version 5 overs per side a match. D/L method is a shame. You cannot quantity luck and best timing on a given day ..can you? Otherwise Netherlands would not have won.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

I understand where Broad is coming from seeing he ended up on the losing side but had he gotten McCullum out with either of the last two deliveries of his over England would've won the match and i know for a fact that he would've never questioned the umpires decision had it gone England's way

Posted by Adoh on (March 23, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

Sour grapes from Stuart Broad, nothing unusual there.

Posted by TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on (March 23, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

Typical. English whining at its best.

Posted by Aashiyer on (March 22, 2014, 23:54 GMT)

. I have two arguments for Broad. Number one, if the umpires could not see the lightning, it must have not even been CLOSE to the stadium, number two like Kyle Mills said if you were on the other side, I want to see how you would react.

Posted by Insightful2013 on (March 22, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Here comes all the excuses now. If you knew that D/L was now in play, then bowl accordingly. McCullum and co, knew it and adjusted to win by hitting out. But what was obvious to all, wasn't to England. This is what it'll be like until proper management is sorted. We'll win some but lose many and the recriminations will follow. The rags will soon be on their case and implosion time, inevitable. This is why peeps like KP are valuable. Instability! He would have kept others on their toes. Amongst ourselves, we are too comfy and settle for banality. Volatile foreign influence brings out our civility and we resort to proper conduct. This leads to professionalism and results. Boring results, but wins. Unstable, labile people like Broad cannot be captains. This chap, despite being quite a proficient batsman, fails often. Batting takes concentration and time. Broad lacks both because now he's got a fat head and like most bullies, his emotional volatility will dominate! Buster Bloodvessel?

Posted by Meety on (March 22, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

Storm in a tea cup? haha. I do believe if it was England getting a win after batting 5.2 overs - Broad wouldn't be complaining. That said, I doubt any side would be happy if they were in Englands shoes, it is a tough way to lose. Maybe Broad though, should be more concerned about the 16 runs off his over?

Posted by attilathecricketer on (March 22, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

Broad is one of those sportsmen who is far too happy to blame almost anything else - in common with football managers i guess. I will agree the game might have ended earlier but the umpires were not responsible for the defeat.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

Captain seems to have a lot of lip. He should be done for contempt and bringing the game to disrepute. The umpires made a decision and that is it. I wonder if he would have all the talk had it been us England who benefitted from the decision. It is a game of cricket and you take the decisions as they come. Sometimes it works in your favour sometimes it does not. He should focus on fitness and suitability of some of our players to be in the team. He reckons we just have to win the next three games "simple as that". Is it really? I think we will be booking return flights home soon. We are just not ready yet. Are we?

Posted by Jordanious77 on (March 22, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

Broad needs to get over himself. He's clearly just making excuses

England lost because they didn't score enough runs to make use of their good start.

Posted by czar2008 on (March 22, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

Sorry - but if Broad had been a Good bowler and bowled dot balls or taken a wicket - he wouldn't have been saying this would he? Just because you see lightening doesn't mean you stop the game. Don't blame the umpires. You would have had the game in your hands if you had bowled a good over. Simples!

Posted by inthebag on (March 22, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

So it was the umpires fault that they lost? Couldn't be because they didn't get enough runs?

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 22, 2014, 21:41 GMT)

I can see both points of view here. On one hand the umpires are expected to keep the game flowing and get it to the point of being called a match. The organisers would expect that of them. Unfinished games aren't desirable from a logistics point of view. On the other hand though, as Stuey said, player and spectator safety is of paramount importance and has to be a major priority. It's a very fine line and you can't normally please everyone.

I think they did the right thing in the end. They got the match in and no-one got hurt so from their pov they did well. .. One final thought. Stuart and his mates would have know that D/L was a huge possibility so he should have bowled a better over. 16 runs off his over was the reason England lost. Not the umpires, not the weather and not NZ. Stuey single-handedly did it to them. A few less runs from that over and England would have won and this article wouldn't have been written.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (March 22, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

Hahaha. That was a good joke Broady. Now let me tell one too.

Once upon a time, there was a petulant guy who would complain all the time. He once broke a batsman's hand by an illegal throw. His only other claim to fame was being hit for six sixes in an over. The ECB made him captain of England cricket team :)

In fact let me tell another one. This guy's daddy was equally petulant too who used to throw tantrums every time he got out, which was quite frequent. The ICC made him a match referee :) :)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

Bad luck England. This is the worst way to to decide the result of a game, but it happens. Was turning out to be a cracker until the heavens opened up. Better luck next time to both teams.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

Don't cry broad... end result would not have changed.

Posted by Mikki_B_Franco on (March 22, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

It seems as if Stuart Broad thinks he has a divine right to say or do anything relating to cricket without fear of recourse. Clearly, Broad Jnr is of the opinion that he may call the integrity and capacity of the umpires into question without restraint. I hope that the Broad shield that indulges his petulance and flat out rudeness is disintegrated. He is a poor example of sportsmanship. Years of international cricket has not removed the spoilt attitude that he takes with him on the field and into press conferences. Good on you New Zealand. Well done, within the rules.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

NZ is by far a better team than England this time around, who are playing w/o Trott Peterson, Root, Bell and Stokes, they must come to the realization that it will not end in their favor every time around. They have been lucky a few times around earlier against SA in 1992 to quote one example. What do you have by the way that could halt the opponent from toppling you. Broad will not be appreciated for being angry when he couldnt even halt the opposition batsman from scoring freely against him and his inexperienced mediocre bits and pieces side.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

2 sixes in his over....

maybe instead of blaming the umpires broad should have done what he was supposed to do.

bowl and bowl well.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 22, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

Go on, say it Broady: "Shocking! Simply shocking!" And after he'd bowled one over so well too...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 22, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Of course he was. And New Zealand would have been equally aggrieved in the same circumstances if it had gone against them. Mind you, with New Zealand behind on DL, to know that your over had gone for 16 and swung the game probably does not help his humour. It is a shame that the match ended in a lottery in this way because it had all the makings of an excellent finish after England made the best score of the competition proper so far.

Posted by tamperbay on (March 22, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Nothing more true: "If Stuart was on the other end of it, he would be more than happy with the decision", just like he was happy to take the no-out verdict when he nicked it to first slip in the Ashes last year. haha

Posted by Farooq3 on (March 22, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

England should accept defeat and move on - it was Broad who was responsible for England's defeat today - giving away 16 runs in one over! Now he is trying to divert the attention from his own pathetic performance!

Posted by willsrustynuts on (March 22, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

D/L in T20's is a nonsense.

This tournament is going to descend into farce, as seems to be usual for ICC events.

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