Cricket Australia investigate floodlight failure in Heat and Thunder fixture
Cricket Australia said it has been working to find out the reason behind the floodlight failure in a Big Bash League game at the Gabba as the venue prepares to host a day-night Test against Sri Lanka.
The contest between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder on Thursday was abandoned after the lights went out in parts of the ground, leaving players and fans fuming.
"We are now working with Stadiums Queensland to investigate why this occurred, and to ensure there will be no further issues at future matches," said CA official Anthony Everard in a statement.
The sport's governing body said under its terms, refunds for fans were not applicable due to 23 overs being played, but offered them free tickets to the Test match in Brisbane where Australia play Sri Lanka.
Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond earlier urged a review of the rules after the farcical scenes.
His team had blazed away to 186 for four, thanks to a century by the veteran Shane Watson.
In reply, the Heat had lost the Bash Brothers early, when two floodlights failed in one part of the Gabba.
'Lighting was sufficient to carry on' - Bond
After an hour of waiting the match was abandoned and the points were split between the two sides, but Bond felt the lighting was sufficient to carry on.
"There are grounds around the world that have worse lighting even with this light tower out, so that was disappointing," he told reporters.
"It's a bad look for the competition and I think there needs to be some reflection or review ... particularly when you have the ability to finish a game of cricket."
Bond said the match could have been reduced to a 15-over game "which I think everyone would've been happy with".
Syndey Thunder ask CA to award two points
Sydney Thunder have asked Cricket Australia to hand them two competition points after last's night KFC BBL match against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba was abandoned due to a power failure.
The points were split evenly between Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday night after the match was three overs into the Heat's run chase when a power grid failure in east Brisbane knocked out two floodlights.
Thunder chief executive Lee Germon confirmed the club had spoken to Cricket Australia and asked for the full points to be handed to his side, saying it is the venue's responsibility to provide sufficient lighting for the match.
"We are obviously disappointed that last night’s game was abandoned, especially after Shane Watson’s brilliant innings which has now been overshadowed," Germon said in a statement.
"With a large crowd at The Gabba and our fans watching at home we felt it was important to complete the game and to do so we offered to only bowl our spinners.
McCullum lashes out at Thunder’s ‘ridiculous’ claims
In response to Thunder’s chief executive’s statement, Brisbane Heat batsman Brendon McCullum slammed Thunder’s claims of acquiring points on ground standards and asked whether Sydney Thunder were winning the game.
This is ridiculous. So @ThunderBBL you want points awarded based on ground standards? Where was the responsibility to provide a roof at Spotless Stadium when it pissed with rain a week ago? Also, are you sure you were winning that game??? ...Craic on ?? pic.twitter.com/EcyIaIm9E0— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) January 18, 2019
Heat skipper, Chris Lynn, supported his team-mate before Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques added that it was home team's responsibility to provide playable surface regardless of who wins the game.
Precedent has been set when CA gave Victoria points in a game that never got going due to an apparent poor outfield claiming that it’s the home teams responsibility to provide a playable surface/fixture irrelevant of who may or may not win the game.— Moises Henriques (@Mozzie21) January 18, 2019
The Thunder are currently in third position on nine points, two points ahead of fifth-placed Brisbane Heat.