Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has publicly apologised for not playing the national anthem before the T20I between India and New Zealand in Trivandrum on November 7. One of the association’s top officials admitted in a statement that it was a serious lapse on their part.
As reported by the Asian Age, KCA secretary Jayesh George admitted that the stadium administration was in hurry to start the game which was already delayed by two and a half hours due to rain. George was quoted as saying,
Yes, that was a mistake on our part. We were all there at the ground and in a hurry to start the match after rains. We forgot to play the national anthem.It’s a serious lapse on our part and I apologise (to the nation). It will never happen again.
It has also been learned from the reports that Indian cricketer S Sreesanth was invited by the stadium administration to watch the decider match but he didn’t show up.
On November 7, the match was scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm IST. However, rain played the spoilsport. Continuous drizzling caused a delay in the game and the overs were reduced to 8 overs per side. India lost the toss and batted first. Once again, the opening pair failed to perform and after losing 5 wickets, team India could manage to put 67 runs on the board.
While chasing the target of 68 runs, the Kiwis batting line-up struggled a lot in front of the Indian bowling attack. They lost 6 wickets and fell short by 6 runs to take the game home. India won the series 2-1.
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