BAN v WI 2018

Umpiring low after no-ball controversy – Brathwaite lashes out on umpiring blunders

A total of 29 runs came in that over where, off the two wrong no-ball calls, the Bangladesh batsmen scored seven and off the two free hits, they smashed 12

Umpiring hit a low in the series-decider as two wrong no-ball calls made way for controversy during the Bangladesh innings. Both the incidents happened in the fourth over, bowled by pacer Oshane Thomas.

Umpire Tanvir Ahmed called the first no-ball in the fifth ball when Liton Das hit a boundary. The replay showed that the bowler’s foot was well behind the line. 

In the free hit off the next delivery, Liton smashed a sixer. But in the last ball of the over, Tanvir once again called no-ball and Liton, who was on 33 off 13 at that time, was caught at mid-off after attempting a big heave.

The TV replay showed that Thomas bowled a legal delivery as his foot was again, well behind the line.

After watching the replay on the big screen, the West Indies players got excited and skipper Carlos Brathwaite urged the umpire to review the decision.

West Indies cricket captain Carlos Brathwaite (R) argues with the match referee umpire Jeff Crowe (2R) during the third Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on December 22, 2018. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

But the on-field umpire refused to forward the call and eventually, play was stopped for about eight minutes over the controversy. Brathwaite went to the boundary line where he had a long discussion with the reserve umpire and match referee Jeff Crowe.

The West Indies bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed and Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan also joined in the discussion. Later, the on-field umpire’s decision stayed and the Windies players went back to action.

Interestingly, the no-ball decision stayed and off the free-hit, Soumya Sarkar smashed a six to add to the woes of the West Indies camp. A total of 29 runs came in that over where, off the two wrong no-ball calls, the Bangladesh batsmen scored seven and off the two free hits, they smashed 12.

Liton, who survived the controversial no-ball call, eventually got out in the 10th over after scoring 43 off 25 balls. Bangladesh were all out for 140 and the controversial calls by Tanvir created some uncalled for incidents.

Carlos Brathwaite informed that a few decisions went against the Windies, and that they duly raised their concerns to the officials.

I went to the match referee (Jeff Crowe) after the second game. I didn’t think the 50/50 decisions were going in our favour. Those decisions went for Bangladesh. I never ever want to accuse someone of cheating. I will stop short of that. They are professionals as well. I don’t think they would go out there to be biased or, for lack of a better word, cheat,” the West Indies skipper said.

“I didn’t accuse them of cheating but I made my point clear to the match referee that every 50-50 decision in the ODI series and T20I series up to that point went against us. Traditionally, we haven’t (played) the best cricket, whether with red or white ball. But I found that every time I have been playing for the West Indies, the decisions have hampered us,” he added.

Brathwaite then explained what actually happened when on-field umpire Tanvir Ahmed made the second wrong no-ball call against Thomas in the fourth over.

“It happened earlier in the fourth over so a point needed to be made. They are young guys and I can’t ask them to fight that fight. If anything comes back, it should be on me. I am the leader of the ship. I just asked to stay put, stay as a team. Let me address the fourth umpire and the match referee. Obviously it was a bit hostile and emotional. We are fighting for our countries, but it was respectful. I was just asking the rule,” Brathwaite explained.

The West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite praised his young team for showing character and clinching a comprehensive 50-run win during the T20I of the series,, despite some decisions going against them.

We were 88 in the Powerplay. It goes to show that if we have positive intent to back your ability and play good cricket shots, you can end up with massive scores in the first six overs.

Carlos Brathwaite is all smiles as he celebrates a wicket with his team-mates © AFP

As a bowling unit we were under the pump a bit. But what was most impressive was how we kept our resolve after everything that happened. How we came back out, settled ourselves and then took the opposition wickets. It was a top team effort by all the players involved, said Brathwaite after the match.

“For a young group of guys who are often talked about playing bad shots or bowling the wrong delivery because of inexperience, I think they showed the character. I must congratulate a fantastic bunch of young players. They are inexperienced at this level, but with a lot of maturity and heart,” he added.


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