Need to revisit Duckworth-Lewis method for T20 cricket
Pakistan`s former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has joined England team captain Paul Collingwood in criticising the Duckworth-Lewis method being used in the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies to decide on targets in rain affected matches.
Qadir said one needs to revisit the system and its use in the shortest version of the game.
"To decide any match on the basis of five overs was a farce like it happened in the Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and the England and West Indies matches," Qadir said.
"One needs to revisit and rethink the D/L method and on top of that its use in T20 format," he said.
England were beaten by West Indies despite scoring 191 runs after rain interrupted the match and the D/L method was applied which led to the hosts requiring 60 runs to score in six overs.
England captain, Paul Collingwood criticised the use of the method in T20 cricket and called for its abolishment.
Qadir said he could relate to the emotions of the English team captain and his disappointment after suffering the loss.
"This is international cricket and this is World Cup you are playing in. No team wants to lose out in farcical conditions after putting up a potentially match winning total of 191 runs.”
"It was a great injustice to the England team and there was no doubt. To reduce a 20-over match to five overs is not good for cricket," he said.
Former national selection committee chairman Qadir said the International Cricket Council (ICC) must think about asking its member boards to have stadiums with rooftop covers if it rained.
"Nowadays in other sports this facility is being employed, so why not in cricket. Why can`t we have covered rooftop stadiums."
Suggesting another option, he said, "simply hold the matches next day."
"In the World Cup, all teams must have a fair chance to win. They must not be left to rue their fate because of some controversial rain rule," he said.
Pakistan`s former captain Moin Khan also agreed with Qadir and said some revision was necessary in rain rules for T20 cricket.
"A minimum of 10 overs must be played or the match must be carried to the next day. Since there is time available in T20 cricket an unfinished match can be decided the next day without disturbing the schedule if things were planned beforehand," Moin said.