The second part of Mohammad Kaif’s grouse is not quite as insidious though quite chronic and therefore, damaging to the game. With the broadcasters and the BCCI unable to pitch an earlier time for the night matches in the Indian Premier League, attention must be paid for a better way to penalize teams for going over time.
The assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals teams had another grievance besides the substitution accusation, this one on the issue of the game spilling over time, particularly with teams defending totals taking their time and strategizing and restrategizing on the field and thereby, holding up the game longer than was mandated. This time Mohammad Kaif, the former Indian cricketer, is likely to meet with additional support because it is a concern not only in Twenty20 or the Indian Premier League (IPL) but also, across the board irrespective of the format.
Even as the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has come up with recommendations for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider in order to stop time wasting in the course of a match, the subject of slow over rates and the game going beyond the mandated close of play has been a chronic issue. And the game has not been able to check this particular issue even if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL adopt rules similar to the ICC which involve penalizing the captains and the team through monetary measures.
Even in the latest season of the IPL, already two teams, the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians, have incurred penalties through their captains, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, respectively who was asked to pay up a sum of rupees twelve lakhs ach which was still considered inadequate punitive measures to stop the match from doing beyond the stipulated hour.
There had been some discussion as in the past about pushing forward the night game to start at least an hour early to aid both television viewers who dropped off beyond a point as well as the spectators for whom it was an inconvenience heading back home. However, the idea did not pass through, particularly since there was the situation of overlap between the day and the night matches.
However, irrespective of the penalty incurred, there has been concern even at the international level that it was simply not enough of a deterrent to stop the match time spillage. The idea of immediate punitive measures in the forms of runs has been suggested although it has not been fully conceptualized to be implemented as an effective way to ensure the game remains at an even keel, in terms of time, right through the match and not simply stop for long intervals at the end of the match when fielding teams deliberate longer than is accepted in order to not only strategize their plans but also, sometimes rather deviously to disrupt the rhythm of the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders have started the Indian Premier League 2019 with a bang. They have won three of their first four matches. The Dinesh Karthik-led franchise is co-owned by one of the finest actors in India, Shah Rukh Khan. Dinesh Karthik, who has interacted with SRK a lot, has stated that he is a top owner. The skipper further added that Shah Rukh Khan is a sports lover, who advocates healthy rivalry.
Shah Rukh Khan has always motivated players and has gone out of the way to help franchise members. His ownership has been lucky for KKR as they have won two IPL titles.
He also owns Trinbago Knight Riders and Cape Town Knight Riders in Caribbean Premier League and South Africa’s T20 Global League respectively.
“Firstly, he is a terrific person. In the little time, I have spent with him, he is a top owner to have and is genuinely a large-hearted person who wishes well for his team and other teams as well. He likes to see a good cricket match. He is someone who is sport loving. He is not all about KKR, and 'we need to win'. He likes to see a good game,” he said
“As much as he loves KKR and wants us to do really well, he is someone who understands losses and is able to react to them in a positive way. I am lucky to have an owner like him, to put him in a nutshell,” he added.