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D/L method in T20 format is an ill fitted trouser
A rain affected cricket match, barring Test matches depends on the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method to produce a winner, if the required number of overs have taken place in a match. The system was brought in place to suit the 50 over format game, but the same is also utilised during T20, the shortest format of the game, which only came into being a few years ago. D/L method in T20 seems to be an ill-fitted trouser.

The D/L scenario was once again brought into play, when Delhi Daredevils lost their game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were set up an easy target of 43 runs from five overs after a series of interruptions due to rain a few days ago. Sunrisers had originally scored 143 runs. It is definitely easier to score 43 runs rather than 143 runs with 10 wickets in hand. This juts brings into equation the unfairness related to D/L fair in T20.

Karsan Ghavri, a former Indian cricketer said, ''D/L rules are something that is a great disadvantage to one team and the situation becomes difficult when it rains at the last moment.'' When it comes to T20 format, which only comprises of 20 overs per side, D/L methods looks even more unfair, though it may be acceptable in T20, which includes more playing time. There is a serious need to look into this method for T20.

Ghavri feels, ''There is a need for the ICC to look into the matter and experts need to sit and make some plans and come up with an alternative method to look into rain affected matches. Rules should be made in such a manner, where both teams should have an equal chance as well.''

It would not be unwise if the ICC cancels the D/L method and comes up with other alternatives. Splitting points between the two sides could be a logical one in a rain interrupted match. ''I am 100 percent sure that sharing points between teams is better than D/L method,'' concluded Ghavri.


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