The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) final match played between Karnataka Bulldozers (KB) versus Chennai Rhinos (CR) was no less than an international match on Sunday (February 12). The exciting four-hour game ended with a lot of drama after the Tamil Nadu team beat the Karnataka team by 1 run in the high-octane match. Now, Ashok Kheny, the owner of KB, has asked the CCL management to organise a re-match to safeguard the spirit of the game.
Speaking to a television channel, Ashok Kheny said, “Boys players were reluctant to collect the runners-up trophy because morally we won the match. But I walked out to receive in the last minute to save the credibility of CCL. Actors should be role models but here they have set a bad example."
Karnataka Bulldozers was not happy with the decision that shattered its dreams of lifting the cup. In the final over, bowler Vikranth removed the bails from the stumps when the non-striker Karthik left the crease before the ball was delivered.
“Cricket is supposed to be a gentleman"s game but this decision was made at the cost of the spirit of the game. Even in international matches, the batsman is first warned and then, if he repeats it, the bowler can run him out. Although the umpires were against it, the adamant Chennai team had their way," he added.
He further said, “I have asked the organisers to conduct another final to give a fair chance to both the teams and also to safeguard the spirit of the game and CCL," When asked did he back the team's decision to boycott the presentation ceremony, “I don't want to be a hypocrite. They were obviously upset and they had a reason. I stood by their decision. How can you chill out with someone who has raped you?"