I recall reading about a limited overs tournament, in which if teams had equal points after the the league stage, the qualification for next round would be based on batting run rate only (or maybe, it was the aggregate runs scored, don't remember exactly).
In the last game of the league, team A needed to win and score about 260 runs. Team B won the toss, and captain had a clever idea. He chose to bat first and declared the innings on 1/0 (one run without loss). Of course, team A won easily, but they couldn't score the required 260-odd runs, and so team B's goal was met.
The writer also mentioned that this loophole abuse led to two changes in playing conditions:
- Limited overs innings could not be declared any more.
- Tournament-based competitions adopted the net run rate qualification (that is, the bowling run rate also came into the calculations).
I have tried hard to search for the details of this game, but I cannot seem to find it. I can only remember that it was an English domestic tournament. Could someone please help me identify this game?