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Today's One Day Cricket International between Ireland and Afghanistan has been abandoned

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012 16:21 | Comments

Captains Karim Sadiq (l) and William Porterfield (r) with umpire Richard Smith
Captains Karim Sadiq (l) and William Porterfield (r) with umpire Richard Smith

Today’s One Day Cricket International between Ireland and Afghanistan, which had been held over after yesterday's postponement due to rain, was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Clontarf, writes John Kenny.

After yesterday's washout of what was due to be a World Cup 2015 qualifier, there was further overnight rain in Clontarf. 

Although the day was dry, bright and sunny, the ground remained sodden and after two inspections, it was decided to abandon the game altogether.

Umpires Shaun George and Richard Smith inspected at noon and again just after 2pm, deciding that despite dramatic improvement in conditions, the worst parts were on the bowlers' run-ups.

The two captains, William Porterfield and Afghanistan's Karim Sadiq, expressed the view that they would be willing to play at least 20 overs per side, which would constitute a match.

Ultimately, the decision was down to the two umpires and it was decided that the grounds wouldn’t dry up enough by the cut-off time of 4.40pm, resulting in the game being abandonded and the points divided.

The teams are due to meet again on Thursday in another world league tie. It will, of course, depend on the weather and fast-drying conditions here in Clontarf. The match is due to get underway at 10.45am.

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