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Freedom in the air

Mirpur dark?

Sakeb Subhan

A sub-plot of Bangladesh's troubles so far in 2014 has been their fielders' butterfingers in all formats, with the Tigers being repeatedly guilty of spilling crucial chances. But as some of the best teams in the world have been lining up for the World Twenty20 in Mirpur, the odd sight of relatively simple chances being spilled in the outfield has forced people to take a closer look.
In the opening Super 10s match, a fielder of the calibre of Yuvraj Singh dropped Mohammad Hafeez at deep midwicket. A day later, Saeed Ajmal dropped Glenn Maxwell, also in the deep square of the wicket. Both these were under lights and in the evening match that followed the Pakistan-Australia bout, Yuvraj dropped Chris Gayle, also at deep midwicket.
"The light was very low, especially when you were fielding at midwicket, so we were just looking to watch the ball rather than anything else," said India batsman Suresh Raina after the match against Pakistan.
His captain, MS Dhoni, was not as direct, but hinted that the dropped catches may not have been solely to fielders' technical errors. "It's not only a problem with the Indian team, there have been quite a few catches that have been dropped. I don't know whether it is the surrounding or something else, but the fielders in the deep are finding it quite difficult to judge the balls," he said after the West Indies game on Sunday.
Although there were no complaints from West Indies player and, coach Ottis Gibson was also of the opinion that the lights were a problem. "When I watched the fielders throw the balls back in at a certain height the wicketkeeper seems blinded, so perhaps it is a little low," Gibson said.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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