Saturday 22 March 2014 

Video - Broad Criticises Decision To Play Through Storm

England captain says that both he and New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum were of the mind that play should have been suspended earlier than it was during their ICC World Twenty20 clash in Chittagong.

The umpires played on despite a thunderstorm before eventually play was suspended, and finally abandoned, after 5.2 overs of New Zealand's innings.

Unfortunately for England, that constituted a match, which New Zealand won by nine runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

After McCullum stepped away from facing a delivery shortly before play was suspended after being distracted by a flash of lightning, Broad said that safety should have come first.

"It's all very well wanting to finish the game so you can tick a box, bBut players' health and safety...not just players, crowd safety is very important," he said.

"I know the New Zealanders felt exactly the same. When the umpires got together and kept saying 'it is fine', Baz (McCullum) and I had a discussion about taking our players of the field, because we didn't agree."

Nevertheless, after watching his side post 172 for six and put New Zealand under pressure, Broad was keen to take the positives from England's first outing.

"It doesn't really change what we have to do now as a team. We can take some real good things from today. And we have to win our next three games, it's simple."

Both sides now face South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands in their remaining group matches.

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