London: Even as the England and the Australian cricketers, and the match officials of the abandoned Twenty20 match between the two countries face increasing backlash for decision to call-off the Tuesday’s tie, England captain Paul Collingwood on Thursday came out in support of the umpires.
A capacity 19,500 crowd in Manchester was denied the opportunity of watching any play after because of a wet outfield before the game was eventually called off one hour later.
Collingwood said that the umpires were right to call off the Twenty20 international.
"You can`t play on surfaces which could damage careers," said Collingwood despite Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes suggesting that he thought play was possible despite the conditions.
"The umpires came up to us and said they think it`s unfit for international cricket.”
"When you`ve got a lot of people in the crowd, it`s a brave call to make but it`s good that they are making those calls.”
One of the run-up areas was adjudged to be wet and therefore dangerous for bowlers following discussions between Collingwood, and Australian captain Michael Clarke and the umpires.
"I spoke to Michael (Clarke) and both of us said if you`re asking your boys to run in 100 per cent then it is going to be pretty dangerous.”
"That`s why the umpires made that decision."
Sunday`s first meeting of the sides at the same venue was also abandoned at the midway point due to heavy rain.