‘No Ball’ Controversy In Dhaka As Liton Das Gets Free-Hit After Being Dismissed On Legitimate Delivery
The third and deciding T20I between Windies and Bangladesh in Dhaka was marred by a major controversy over a No-ball. The incident occurred when on-field umpire Tanvir Ahmed called Oshane Thomas for overstepping on a delivery he got Liton Das out caught.
But things soon took a bizarre turn when the giant screen displayed the delivery. The replays confirmed that the pacer had a significant part of his heel behind the popping crease at the first point of contact. Unable to hold his frustration, Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite immediately asked to review the decision against the rules. It led to an animated discussion between the players and the umpires before the latter agreed to it. Umpire Ahmed then signalled Das out after getting the instructions from upstairs.
But it was just the start of the drama. Fourth umpire and match referee, Jeff Crowe quickly intervened and called Brathwaite to the boundary for another discussion. The officials and the Windies skipper were also joined by the Windies team-management and Bangladesh skipper, Shakib Al Hasan. And after the discussion, the no-ball was reinstated and Das received a free-hit.
And while Brathwaite and his teammates must have felt hard done by with the decision, everything happened under the rule.
ICC’s section 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 states that “the very fact that the onfield umpire called a no ball is the decision of the onfield umpire and has to be accepted as an error and CANNOT be reviewed.”
Here are the rules in details:
A player may request a review of any decision taken by the on-field umpires concerning whether or not a batsman is dismissed, with the exception of ‘Timed Out’ (Player Review).
No other decisions made by the umpires are eligible for a Player Review with the exception of Fair Catch/Bump Ball (even after the third umpire has been consulted and the decision communicated).
Windies, meanwhile, had the last laugh as they thrashed the hosts by 50 runs to win the series 2-1.
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