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  Tuesday, 1 October, 2002, 07:24 GMT 08:24 UK
Trophy rules 'should change'
Monsoon rain put paid to the final
Umpire Steve Bucknor inspects the soaking outfield
The rules for the ICC Champions Trophy have been criticised by leading Indian cricket figures after rain twice denied the team the chance of victory over Sri Lanka.

India were set 245 to win Sunday's final but the weather allowed only two overs of their innings to be bowled.

Although Monday had been set aside as a reserve day, competition regulations meant that a new game had to be started, instead of allowing India to resume from where they had left off.

The replay followed the same path as the first as Sri Lanka were restricted to 222 for seven, with India reaching 38 for one in reply before the rain came down and the trophy was shared.

"I think it's absolutely daft. It doesn't make any sense," former wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer told BBC Sport Online.

"They should look at that rule straight away and change it. The obvious thing is to continue from where they left off."

His view was echoed by former Test batsman Sanjay Manjrekar.

"The International Cricket Council should learn a lesson from this result ahead of the 2003 World Cup.

"We had more than 100 overs but still no result. If the match is continued rather than replayed, it gives you more of a chance to finish the game," he commented.

The rules have been changed since the 1999 World Cup when India beat hosts England in a match which was spread over two days because of the weather.

Virender Sehwag holds the trophy
India had to settle for a share of the trophy

But ICC media relations officer Brendan McClements told BBC Sport Online on Monday that in his opinion the replay option was the fairest to both sides.

"It's by far superior to anything else, including playing a game from where it finished the night before. That simply cannot work effectively," he said.

Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar is, meanwhile, urging the ICC to revise the group format for the Champion Trophy to prevent meaningless matches in the first round.

The 12 teams were divided into four groups of three in Sri Lanka, with the winners progressing to the semi-finals, but in three groups, the outcome was effectively decided by one match between the two strongest sides.

Wadekar, writing for the Indian Express newspaper, said too many games in Colombo had been "boring".

He added: "Holland, Kenya, and Bangladesh are not good enough to play 'A' teams. It is a sheer waste of time seeing them play against Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka or India."

Wadekar believes there should be only two separate tournaments - one for established sides, who would compete for the trophy, and one for emerging nations to give them more international experience.

"Maybe relegation and promotion can take place later within the groups. This is the only way the ICC can genuinely think of globalising the game," said Wadekar.

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