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Team owners and Cricket World lashes out at Poor Umpiring in IPL

One game, that’s what all it took for the first Super Over-finish in the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and it was Delhi Capitals, who came out on top, beating Kings XI Punjab at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Fantastic efforts from Marcus Stoinis (53 from 21 and 2 for 29) and Mayank Agarwal (89 from 60) took the game into the Super Over.

In the one-over eliminator, specialist Kagiso Rabada did the trick for Delhi, dismissing KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran, although the decision to not send in Agarwal will rankle KXIP.

There were many memorable moments in the second game of the IPL season, but the umpiring blunder of declaring a short run certainly wasn’t among them. In the penultimate over of KXIP’s innings, Agarwal hit a ball towards long-on and ran two.

However, the square-leg umpire deemed it a run short, signaling that non-striker Chris Jordan had not completed a run.

Replays, however, conclusively proved that Jordan had placed his bat inside the crease, and the short run call was a faulty one. As things panned out, the game was tied and went into the Super Over.

Had the wrong short run decision not been made, things could have been different. Of course, KXIP also need to blame themselves for losing the game after needing one off three. Had the short run not been called, Kings XI would have won with three balls to spare.

The decision came in for criticism from the likes of former India batsman Virender Sehwag, KXIP owner Pretty Zinta, KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia while ex-Australia players Tom Moody and Lisa Sthalekar suggested the third umpire should have been able to overrule it.

Here’s how they reacted:

Australia men’s assistant coach Trent Woodhill labelled Sunday’s incident as “poor” and said officials should “use the technology available”.

“One short (run decisions) should always be instantly reviewed by 3rd umpire as the technology is readily available with cameras set up for for ROs (run-outs) & stumpings,” he tweeted.

“Too much riding on results in IPL to have umpires determine outcomes when technology can overrule bad decisions that are obvious.”

Unfortunately, things like that aren’t thought through until incidents like that happen, Moody told ESPN adding that he did not blame the on-field umpire for getting a close call wrong.

“Without a doubt the third umpire should have made a ruling but they need to declare that that is part of the rules prior to the start of the tournament. It clearly isn’t part of the rules.

“The no-balls go upstairs (for review) and the third umpires are in charge of that, (same with) run-outs and stumpings.

“But they haven’t declared that any other incidents like that (when) a third umpire can overrule an on-field umpire. Until that happens we’re not going to get full engagement of the technology that’s available.”

KXIP co-owner, Ness Wadia, has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to ensure better umpiring in the Indian Premier League.

“I feel it is unfortunate that Kings XI were the subject of poor decision-making by the umpire and this cost us the game. I do hope that BCCI implements a system and process so that the other teams do not suffer the same plight as Kings XI did yesterday.

“If technology is not there to be used for the fairness and transparency of the game and to ensure that it is equitable to all, then why use technology at all?” Wadia questioned.

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