ECB praises India cricket team for withdrawal of appeal against Ian Bell

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has praised India cricket team for withdrawal of appeal against Ian Bell on the third day of the second Test.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier commented: “The withdrawal of a valid appeal at the tea interval was made in the spirit of cricket by the India team and demonstrates the true spirit in which the game of cricket should be played and the excellent relationship between the ECB and BCCI.

“The npower Test Match Series has produced excellent and exciting cricket. The 2nd npower Test Match will also now be remembered for demonstrating that that the spirit and the manner in which the game is played provides a role model for others to follow.

“On behalf of the ECB I wish to express the England and Wales Cricket Board’s grateful thanks the BCCI and the India team.”

During the final delivery of the afternoon session of the 2nd Test Ian Bell was run out off the final ball of the session.

Eoin Morgan had flicked the ball down to long leg and Praveen Kumar made a diving attempt to stop the ball. The ball bounced off his leg as the fielder fell over the boundary.

Bell, thinking that the bowl had touched the boundary, walked towards the dressing room but the ball was returned and the bails removed with the Indians appealing for a run-out.

During the tea interval the India Captain and Team Management withdrew the appeal allowing Ian Bell to resume his innings.

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