Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on February 15th said that the ICC umpire Steve Davis had victimized Pakistan team after he ruled Umar Akmal caught behind on a referral decision during their World up clash against the arch-rivals India at Adelaide, which they lost by 76 runs.
“Steve Davis never upheld any appeal when I bowled and I had to always ask for a referral to get a wicket when he was the umpire. He has always had issues with us and even when we didn’t want him for a match no one listened to us.
“When the snickometre didn’t show anything and there was no sound why was Umar given out on referral. Why was the field umpire’s original not out decision not upheld,” Ajmal questioned.
Ajmal, who cleared his action earlier this month, recalled that even in semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2011 against India at Mohali, he had got Sachin Tendulkar out LBW but the decision was overturned on review.
“Even at that time I remember Gautam Gambhir telling Sachin not to take a referral as it was a big out yet when the referral was taken it showed the ball going outside the leg-side and this raises lot of questions about this technology. After all this technology is also managed by human beings.”