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Obstructing the field leads to controversy in BBL, McCullum questions Bailey’s integrity

crictoday 2018-01-11 14:07:54


Players are told to play cricket, keeping spirit of the game alive. In the ongoing Big Bash League, controversy came to forefront when Brisbane Heat batsman Alex Ross was send back to the pavilion, having been declared out after umpires found him guilty of obstructing the field.

Brendon McCullum, the skipper of Brisbane Heat, was not amused at rival captain George Bailey’s role in the whole episode, accusing him of not playing with spirit of the game.

“Personally I don’t think it was the right decision. We are not righteous in our stance on the spirit of the game but every now and then you get a chance to stand up to the spirit of cricket and tonight George and the Hurricanes missed that opportunity. He is quite entitled to do it differently. In time I feel he will regret not making another choice,” the former Kiwi skipper said.

Following the game, McCullum and Bailey were seen having heated conversation.

“We debated the philosophical merits of one another points but in the end my view of it and his view of it may have altered. I don’t really care what the rules are. To me it is one of those grey areas like the Mankad. To me it falls into the spirit of the game and I was making that point to George,” he added.